24 hours in Rainbow Beach

Sad to leave Noosa and the friends made there, but time to carry on up the east coast. Travelling on the bus with Ashleigh from Nomads Dorm just up to Rainbow Beach as she is going to Hervey Bay for Frasers, it’s only 3 hours away, so not too bad and unlike the 9 hour journey some of the others have.

Staying at Dingo Resort hostel it is quite nice with good bar and pool area to hang out. As it’s a gateway to Fraser Island and because the hostel run a tour people don’t spend very long here and are passing through. There are a lot of groups too who have come back from Frasers where they all become friends due to spending 3 days together, so it could be harder to make new friends here than other hostels. Luckily I know a few people here already, Orla and Ruby from my last dorm and Surfers, Byron Bay Frank from amsterdam who I didn’t expect to see at all and London Abbey from Byron.

After arriving I check out the town, which is just one small strip of shops and the beach, which also doesn’t have much on it, but is pretty and really green cool sea. At the end of the beach there are beautiful cliffs that look different colours and I think why it is called rainbow beach. As the beach is quite long, I walk along it for an hour before I need to get back to the hostel for a walk they do to the sand dunes.

Only 7 of us go for the walk and all really nice and make friends with a Canadian girl called Cailey who might be in some of the next few places at the same time. It takes about 30mins to get to the Carlo Sand Blow Dunes pretty much all uphill, but totally worth it when get there as very beautiful with the contrast of the blue sea and sand. Walking to the edge of the dunes it feels like you will walk straight into the sea, but it ends with a cliff going to the beach below. It’s easy to see all the surrounding rainbow colour cliffs and a great view. Walking on the sand is quite tough going up hill, but good exercise and energising. A couple of the boys bring body boards, so can go down the dunes and so have a few goes at that. It’s good fun although hard work to get up the hill in the sand haha and harder than looks to stay on the board. VIDEO.

The walk is meant to be see the sunset, but leaving at 4pm means a lot of hanging about and so don’t want to wait until 6.30pm as too thirsty and hungry, so head back to the hostel. It’s very busy as everyone there for the cheap burger, so has a good atmosphere. The evening is karoake, so after I grab some pasta from a nearby cafe and change I meet the girls in the bar area. It’s really good fun and everyone is buzzing and joining in especially as the first 5 to sing get a free jug of beer. All of us end up singing at some stage with Orla and Ruby doing a song and I get pulled up by some mexican girls. Non surprisingly it ends up being a late one with an after party at the beach listening to my little speaker and being joined by a few of the locals too.

In the morning it’s an early checkout, so see Abbey and we attempt the beach, but it’s too windy with sand blowing in our faces so just chill around the pool until my bus arrives at 1.30pm all set to hit Hervey Bay.

10-11th February 2016

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