Sunday, 20 February 2011

Rainbow Beach 26 Jan 2011 (Australia Day)

Rainbow Beach is the jumping-off point for Fraser Island. It started in 1969 as a service centre for the sand mining industry. Prior to then there was no road to Rainbow Beach, the only access being by boat from Tin Can Bay.

The Rainbow Beach website says:

"Sandmining ceased in 1976 and it has since become a rather quiet and idyllic holiday, fishing and retirement getaway which promotes itself not only as the 'Gateway to Fraser Island', but as an 'eco-tourism' destination. This is not the place to be if you are after cosmopolitan-style pleasures but it does cater well to beach-orientated holiday-makers with hotels, motels, caravan parks. Although it has a permanent population of only around 900, about 70,000 visitors blow through town each year.
Over the next couple of days come for a walk along the beach, and discuss the merits of vehicles on the beach. 

Below: Looking towards Fraser Island and the non-vehicle, swimming beach. The surf life saver patrolled beach is also netted against sharks. Nice place to swim, if you can get over the vehicles on the beach!

Below: Late afternoon view from the Surf Club

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