Monday, 21 February 2011

Rainbow Beach walk

Probably misplaced on a "Swimming" Blog - but occasionally swimming is replaced by walking. Join me on a morning walk along Rainbow Beach. It's 26 January, Australia Day, 2011. The next post will show what the beach was like later in the day. For the moment, it is relatively peaceful...

Below: Early morning cars setting up at Mudlo Rocks for the circus the beach will become later


Below: Some people even brought their own furniture....


Below: Oops! Now that's a bummer of a start to the day! The Rainbow Beach website has a tally of the vehicles which have come to grief here. The Rainbow Beach website shows a tally of the vehicles which have come to grief here:

The notorious Mudlo Rocks have claimed many an over enthusiastic 4WD adventurer over the years. This is captured and monitored below in the official Rock Toll as a warning to those who dare try to conquer the ever-changing rock formation situated directly in front of the Rainbow Beach Township.

To check conditions make sure to check our beach report HERE and our live Rock Cam HERE before venturing out.

Year    Toyota     Nissan      Landrover      Mitsubishi       Holden      Misc        Total
2000       23          12              7                    14                  8             11            75
2001      14             9            10                      6                  3             14            56
2002        3             0              2                      3                  2               4            14
2003       13            1              5                      3                  1               2            25
2004       14            6              1                      5                  2               5            33
2005         9            5              1                      0                  0               7            22
2006       10            9              2                      8                  4               4            37
2007         8            2              4                      6                  8               4            32
2008         8            7              7                      2                  5             10            39
2009         9            3              5                      2                  1               8            28
2010       12            8              3                      6                  0               9            38


Below: Coffee rock - it's not really rock, but compacted and cemented sand and humus - a sort of prehistoric mud.



Below: The lookout at the end of Phil Rogers Park, next to the Carlo sandblow. It was named by Captain Cook after one of his crew members.


Below: Carlo Sandblow from the beach.


Below: Carlo Sandblow from the top, looking towards Double Island Point


Below: Part of the coloured sand cliffs which give Rainbow Beach (formerly called 'Back Beach') its name.  Rainbow Beach started as a town servicing the sand mining industry. The sand cliffs get more spectacular than this, but I didn't keep walking.




Below: Watch out you don't get run over!


Below: Water runs out from Carlo Sandblow

Below: Looking over the beach from the lookout a Phil Rogers Park



Below: After the walk, a contemplation of Rainbow beach with one of the best smoothies I have ever had.

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