Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is one of my favourite places in the world.
So I thought it would suit as my gift to Michael for his birthday. Michael, Peter and I left early on Saturday morning to make the trek towards Rainbow Beach. Its about a 3 hour drive from Brisbane. I did the whole drive because after driving up from Melbourne, it felt like nothing.

Rainbow Beach is named after its beautiful coloured sands that cake the beaches and cliffs. From black, red, orange, yellow, white, beige, green.. it has it all. It is so beautiful. We went up to Carlo Sand Blow which is a 15 hectare area of sand dunes. Each step you took looked like a McFlurry as the colours swirled together. I was so happy.

Unfortunately we couldn't go paragliding due to the high wind conditions. Even sunbathing on the beach was unpleasant as sand entered every cavity every moment haha. After cave hunting and sand climbing, we retreated and went to the lifesaver area to cop less wind. It still ended up being pretty windy and the sand was annoying so we left. We had lunch.

Afterwards, we headed to Tin Can Bay which had nothing. I totally don't remember it having nothing. It is a fisherman's haven and it'd be a great place if you owned a boat or even a dinghy. The current in the inlet was just beautiful and calm for even the pettiest of boats.

We booked a trailer so that was a fun bogan experience for Michael. Welcome to Queensland, Mikey! We started our drink on and then headed to a cafe for dinner. Holy moly, we so did not expect this restaurant (out of 2 in the whole town) to be so good! The oysters were so fresh, the scallops were delicious sprinkled with flavours similar to potato gratin and my main dish lamb rump with mint yoghurt and salad with feta was gorgeous! We were amazed at how much value we got out of our dollars. If we paid the same amount in Brisbane, we would so not walk out with as much content in our bellies.

The next day we woke up early to catch the wild dolphins coming into the marina to say hello and get a morning feed. It was very cool to see wild dolphins as they are not the picturesque smooth perfection that we are usually used to. These dolphins had war scars from other dolphins and even huge shark bites. They were scratched up and rugged.

After breakfast, it was time to head back down to Brisbane. I drove to Ginger Factory for our stop over where we relished in fresh ginger beer and I bought honey from Superbee Honeyworld for my mum and I to indulge back at home (we love the iron bark flavour).

Our next stop was at Underwater World in Mooloolaba. It was much more busier than Cooloola Shire (Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay). They were renovating so we were kind of disappointed. Though it was very cool to see otters trained to do little party tricks for the audience. I didn't even think you could train them! They're so cute!

Can you see two?

Afterwards, we thought why not enjoy the less windy conditions! We went for a swim at the beach and the two boys decided to perve on the many pretty girls that lingered about. Haha! We had lunch and headed on home. It was a great weekend, I was very happy to visit my favourite childhood places.

Now its time to knuckle down and start this essay we got given in week 1 to finish by Tuesday! Wow!