Rainbow Beach…Inskip

Walking track to Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a coastal rural town and locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Rainbow Beach had a population of 1,249 people. It is a popular tourist destination, both in its own right and as a gateway to Fraser Island. When I go to Rainbow Beach I usually stay at Inskip Point and camp in the National Park right next to the beach and the water. Inskip is a peninsula that separates the Wide Bay and Tin Can Inlet from the Coral Sea. At its northernmost point (known as Inskip Point), Inskip is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) from Fraser Island, making it a major gateway to the island via vehicular barges. There are camping grounds in Inskip and two boat ramps, horse trails and other outdoor recreational facilities

In 2011, a large sinkhole consumed much of the beach at Inskip Point, with the hole size estimated at 100 m+ long and 50 m+ deep. A large sinkhole opened up near Queensland’s Rainbow Beach, affecting campers along Inskip Point in September 2015.  Fishermen were the first to notice the shoreline quickly receding into the ocean around 10:30 pm, the Brisbane Times reports. Casey Hughes told ABC news it sounded like thunder as the sinkhole was opening. The sinkhole was 150 metres long, 50 metres wide and three metres deep. The sinkhole swallowed up one car, a caravan, a camper trailer and several tents. 140 people were evacuated from the campground, but no injuries were reported. Most of the campers were able to move their vehicles out of harm’s way before their campsites were submerged in water.

The town’s name derives from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the settlement. According to the legends of the Kabi people, the dunes were coloured when Yiningie, a spirit represented by a rainbow, plunged into the cliffs after doing battle with an evil tribesman.  Much of the sand colours stem from the rich content of minerals in the sand, such as rutileilmenitezircon, and monazite. A black dune of ilmenite sands, overgrown by dune vegetation, can be found north west of the main town. This is currently being removed for sale in China with complete removal expected to take two years.

The Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park borders the town to the south. A number of walking tracks through the national park depart from the southern outskirts of Rainbow Beach

The town’s economy is now dominated by tourism, featuring quiet and idyllic holidays, fishing and retirement getaway. The town caters to beach-orientated holiday-makers with hotels, motels, and caravan parks. The town promotes itself as the “Gateway to Fraser Island” as vehicular ferries for Fraser Island depart from Inskip Point, north of town. Double Island Point, a popular destination amongst 4WD enthusiasts, is located east of town. It is also promoted as an eco-tourism destination.

Although it has a permanent population of about 1,000, about 70,000 visitors come to the town each year

Panorama Inskip at Rainbow Beach

Gympie Six Mile Rest Area…Queensland

Six Mile Rest Area Gympie

Every time I drive north. I almost always overnight-stay at the Gympie Six Mile Rest Area. I like the setting, the toilets and the distance from Brisbane…and if you can handle the noise from the trucks at night, it is a pleasant stay. The Caltex station before here provides a meal. I usually get petrol at Kybong which is 10 kms before Gympie, but with the new highway, it is now off track and suffering badly from a lack of trade. I called them on the phone and went back to get petrol and also a meal from the 24 hour diner which is open. I was told I could stay there overnight, but chose to return to Six mile Creek.

Beerwah Mountain Queensland

Mount Beerwah is the highest of the ten volcanic plugs in the Glass House Mountains range, 22 km north of Caboolture in South East QueenslandAustralia. It was formed 26 million years ago during the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period. Geologists estimate it may have been three times the height before it was eroded to a volcanic plug.

Mount Beerwah has two peaks, the taller of which is 556 metres (1,824 ft) high. It is one of the most visually prominent mountains in south-east Queensland. The first European settlers to ascend the peak was Andrew Petrie with his son John Petrie.  Its name comes from the Dungidau language words “birra, or “sky,” and “wandum,” “climbing up.”

In the traditional Aboriginal story of the region, Mount Beerwah is the pregnant mother and Mount Tibrogargan the father of all the other mountains in the area. Local Aboriginal people consider the mountains sacred.

The mountain is basically a column of trachyte. One side features a dramatic, inward leaning cliff face known as the Organ Pipes.  At its base is a number of small caves.

We drove to the Glasshouse Mountain Lookout and then walked around the mountain along a track that is being created and upgraded. Its a 20 minute 1 km walk through the bush and through ferneries and areas planted with natural bush. Steps and gradings make the walk easy but the end climbs up back to the lookout and that is quite steep. The views from the summit of Mount Beerwah are very rewarding. There is a 2.6 km trail up from a state government maintained parking lot. Start of the trail is a “level 5 difficulty” walk that turns into a climb that can be done without equipment with steps.

Mount Beerwah summit trail was controversially closed to climbing from 2009 – 2016, due to rock instability from bush fire. The Sunshine Coast Regional Council spent $400,000 on removing dangerous rocks and improving warning signs.

As at 2019, Mount Beerwah along with Mount Tibrogargan, Ngungun and the rest of the mountains with tracks remain open with maintained walking trails with the exception of Mount Coonowrin (which was permanently closed to public access in March 1999 due to the high risk of rock falls that had previously killed and injured climbers)

Glasshouse Mountains

Glasshouse Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are a cluster of thirteen hills that rise abruptly from the coastal plain on the Sunshine CoastQueenslandAustralia. The highest hill is Mount Beerwah at 556 metres above sea level, but the most identifiable of all the hills is Mount Tibrogargan which from certain angles bears a resemblance to a face staring east towards the ocean. The Volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains rise dramatically from the surrounding Sunshine Coast landscape. They were formed by intrusive plugs, remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 26-27 million years ago. Molten rock filled small vents or intruded as bodies beneath the surface and solidified into land rocks

The names of each mountain in the range are:

Mount Beerburrum, 278 m
Mount Beerwah, 556 m
Mount Coochin or The Coochin Hills, 235 m and 230 m
Mount Coonowrin or Crookneck or Fakebig, 377 m
Mount Elimbah or The Saddleback, 109 m
Mount Ngungun, 253 m
Mount Tibberoowuccum, 220 m
Mount Tibrogargan and Cooee, 364 m and 177 m

Montville..Maleny Lookout

We stopped at Montville, and had a cake at the café with a view over the mountains

Montville is a charming little town with beautiful shops and a quaint appeal. Charming shops with friendly traders edge the street with pretty parklands along the side and beautiful shady trees. We walked up the street to the Café and back through a garden.

Out of Montville just before Maleny is the famous lookout over the Glasshouse mountains.

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland

Mooloolaba is a coastal suburb of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. It is located 97 kilometres north of the state capital, Brisbane, and is part of the Maroochydore urban centre. We went to Mooloolaba for a swim and to have lunch on the beach.

Caloundra Beach Queensland

Caloundra Beach

We drove to Caloundra and stopped by a Park with picnic tables, view points and many trees and plants. Caloundra is a coastal town and the southernmost town in the Sunshine Coast Region in South East Queensland, Australia.

Caloundra has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

We walked along the shore and came to a Wheel, which we went up on to have a look at the surrounding area. Right across the water is Bribie Island, and from the wheel you can see the accommodation apartments that is Caloundra’s residential area.

Caloundra has a variety of beaches, providing amenity to the local residents and tourists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caloundra

  • Golden Beach is protected by Bribie Island to the east, and is used for swimming, windsurfing, boating and fishing. At low tide, Golden Beach and Bribie Island are relatively close.
  • Bulcock Beach which is a still water beach, has board-walks, piers and numerous restaurants, and is situated opposite the northern end of Bribie Island. The Des Dywer walking track is an oceanway that starts at Bulcock beach and follows the coastline on cliffs and boardwalks. The walking track ends at Moffat Beach north-east of Bulcock, and is about a one-hour walk. Bulcock Beach is patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from Ithaca–Caloundra City Life Saving Club.
  • Kings Beach, named for Allan King who ran a guest house in the area in 1888, is the main beach of Caloundra. Kings is patrolled all year round by Metropolitan – Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club and has a picnic and children’s play area. Kings Beach also has a swimming pool which, whilst built to be separate from the ocean, is fed directly from seawater.
  • Shelly Beach is not a swimming beach, with the danger of wild rough waves and rocks. However, the northern and southern ends are safer for more advanced or supervised swimmers. Locals often find these places appropriate as, not only is it remote from the crowds of the adjacent King’s beach, but local council laws allow dogs on the sand. On low tide, shells and rock pools can be found along the beach. Shelly is surrounded by residential housing with a maximum of five storeys.
  • Moffat Beach is not a patrolled beach, but Dicky Beach, located one kilometre north, has a surf lifesaving club and is patrolled year-round. Moffat Beach is surrounded by residential housing, cafes, a post office, a newsagent, parkland and apartments.

Noosa Beach Queensland

Noosa is an Australian resort area on southern Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Known for its heavy surf Noosa has become a popular beach for backpackers and travellers who come here not only to swim but to see and be seen. Noosa is noted for its trendiness and before the Covar restrictions, the beach was always packed with people.

Despite being a surfers Mecca in the sixties, Noosa has remained a low key resort for the fashionable, as well as being a popular stop-off place for travellers moving up or down the coast. There are good beaches, fine cafes and restaurants and trendy shops and boutiques lining the town with a very accessible National Park at one end with great walks along the coast and the Cooloola National Park.

The National Park has views across to the Glasshouse mountain from the lookout, and you can walk bush tracks watching for koalas that live in the trees. There is a information Centre and free parking, and plenty of areas for relaxing and enjoying the amazing views.

Purple Sunrise Over the Sea

Russell Island has some amazing sunrises and sunsets. I see part of the sunrise as the sun rises more to the East behind the huge trees at the bottom om the property. This sunrise started as a dark purple stain and changed and grew more beautiful

They say that ‘clouds come to add color to my sunrises’ and that is so true. The clouds were there reflecting the colors as the light touches them, then the wind disperses the clouds and breaks them up into scattered segments creating a different pattern of light and this is what has happened here.

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