Rainbow Beach is the gateway to many unspoilt natural attractions. It can be accessed from Northshore beach drive, here you can view the magnificent coloured sand and visit Carlo Sandblow and take in amazing views of the Cooloola Coast.
Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy. It is the world’s largest sand island, stretching over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head, a rocky outcrop on the island’s easternmost tip, and the Cathedrals, a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand. It’s a camping and ecotourism destination, with popular beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and other freshwater pools.
Noosa North Shore (The Mini Fraser Island Experience)
If you are on limited time and can’t get to Fraser Island why not have your own personal 4×4 adventure drive on the open ocean beaches of Noosa North Shore. Visit at Red Canyon and see the cliffs coloured sands created by nature with the winds and tropical rains from the Pacific Ocean exposing the different layers of sand. Access the lighthouse at Double Island Point or drive through ancient tropical rainforest. This location gives you a taste of what Fraser Island is like.
Conondale National Park
This diverse 35,500 hectare park provides critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including a significant number of rare and threatened plants and animals. A large number of plant species that occur here are at the limit of their distribution.
Bellthorpe National Park
This rugged national park features open eucalypt forest, rainforest and cascades along picturesque Stony Creek. Remnants of Brandon’s Timber Sawmill can still be seen on West Bellthorpe Road. Branch Creek Road offers a moderately challenging and picturesque 4WD opportunity as it winds up through the middle of the park.
Craggy volcanic peaks that tower above the surrounding landscape are so significant that they are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance. Walking tracks lead through open forests to lookouts offering panoramic views. There are challenging summit routes, and abseiling and rock climbing opportunities.
Kondalilla National Park
Named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90m into a rainforest valley, this park is a cool mountain retreat and an important refuge for many native animals and plants.
Excellent views of Mapleton Falls and the Obi Obi Valley are highlights for visitors to this small but significant remnant of the forests that once covered the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Short walks through tall open forest and rainforest.
Noosa National park
Noosa National Park features spectacular coastal scenery and provides an important refuge for native wildlife including the koala, glossy black-cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet.