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Carlo Sand Blow
Vacation Travel Guide

This giant sand dune is well worth seeing if you are staying in the town of Rainbow Beach or are on your way to Inskip Point, Tin Can Bay or Fraser Island.

Carlo Sand Blow’s golden sands cover over 37 acres (15 hectares). Come to this striking windswept dune formation to enjoy a marvelous sunrise over Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean or see the skies and the sands change color at sunset.

The sand blow was named by the famous explorer Captain James Cook, after one of his crew members. To see what he found, follow the easy nature walk to the coast. The wooded trail of just under 2,000-feet (600-meters) leads up the steps at the rear of the dune and onto a viewing platform for the giant dune in the shape of a bowl. Read the informative signs that explain this natural phenomenon and watch paragliders drift by.

Look out over the steep, multicolored sand hills that line the length of Rainbow Beach. You can spot Double Island Point and, on a clear day, also the southern tip of Fraser Island, the biggest sand island in the world. Scan the waters for whales and dolphins, which often can be seen frolicking just offshore in the Great Sandy Strait.

Take your shoes off and walk down to the ridge as your feet sink deep into the warm sands. For a thrilling experience, bring a board to surf down the sand hill.

The Carlo Sand Blow marks the entrance to the Cooloola Great Walk, a 63-mile (102-kilometer) coastal bushwalking trail through the Great Sandy National Park to Noosa North Shore. The walk takes about 5 days to complete. Alternatively, drive north to Inskip Point for a night of camping under the stars or stay the night in the small town of Rainbow Beach, which has a range of accommodations, restaurants, cafés, shops and fuel stations.

For an unforgettable sight, come back to Carlo Sand Blow at sunset to watch how the sand dunes change color as the sun moves across the sky.

The Carlo Sand Blow is part of a public beach, so there is access year-round without an entry fee. Parking at the end of Cooloola Drive is free. If you are camping, carry all your provisions and drinking water with you and arrange permits for the basic bush camps.

Top Hotels Close to Carlo Sand Blow

Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Double Island Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is ¥14,197 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12

This family-friendly Rainbow Beach apartment building is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Phil Rogers Park and Rainbow Beach. Carlo Sand Blow ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (216 reviews)

"Great location, close to beach and shops. Lovely gardens and pool too."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Debbie's Place
Debbie's Place
4 out of 5
30 Kurana Street, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is ¥11,590 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phil Rogers Park and Rainbow Beach. Cooloola Great Walk North Trailhead and Carlo Sand ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (521 reviews)
Best place ever

"We were so happy with our stay at Deb’s place it was more then we expected. The linen was amazing the bed comfy and spotlessly clean. We will be back for sure."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Debbie's Place
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
4.5 out of 5
103 Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Rainbow Beach apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Carlo Sand Blow and Phil Rogers Park. Rainbow Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (152 reviews)

"The position was amazing and fantastic accommodation."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Double Island Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is ¥14,197 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Debbie's Place
Debbie's Place
4 out of 5
30 Kurana Street, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is ¥11,590 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
4.5 out of 5
103 Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
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Plantation Resort at Rainbow
Plantation Resort at Rainbow
4.5 out of 5
1 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Plantation Resort at Rainbow
43 Double Island Drive - Two Level Holiday Home With Swimming Pool. Located Close to Beach and CBD
43 Double Island Drive - Two Level Holiday Home With Swimming Pool. Located Close to Beach and CBD
Rainbow Beach, QLD
43 Double Island Drive - Two Level Holiday Home With Swimming Pool. Located Close to Beach and CBD
2/80 Cooloola Drive - Comfortable and Cosy Unit Enjoying Ocean Views and Views to Fraser Island
2/80 Cooloola Drive - Comfortable and Cosy Unit Enjoying Ocean Views and Views to Fraser Island
Rainbow Beach, QLD
2/80 Cooloola Drive - Comfortable and Cosy Unit Enjoying Ocean Views and Views to Fraser Island
Rainbow Sands Resort
Rainbow Sands Resort
3 out of 5
42-46 Rainbow Beach Rd, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Rainbow Sands Resort
Beach Retreat Ideal for a Couple in Quiet Location Close to Town
Beach Retreat Ideal for a Couple in Quiet Location Close to Town
Rainbow Beach, QLD
Beach Retreat Ideal for a Couple in Quiet Location Close to Town
Rainbow Sea Resort
Rainbow Sea Resort
5 out of 5
3 Ocean View Parade, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Rainbow Sea Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.