ABORIGINALS CALL THIS PLACE K’GARI, MEANING ‘PARADISE’
Access the Great Sandy Strait from public boat ramps at Tin can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Carlo Point at Rainbow Beach, where you can arrange houseboat, bbq pontoon and canoe hire. The seaside townships line the shores of the Great Sandy Strait and are perfect for a few days rest and relaxation. Enjoy gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and views to Fraser Island. Discover wild flowers, tea trees, galahs and sea eagles amongst the native flora and fauna. There is an actual highway (Seventy Mile Beach) that runs along the surf side of the island. Travelling inland via four-wheel drive you can explore the meandering sand tracks that link the beautiful lakes and rainforests. Four-wheel drive hire and tours of Fraser Island are available from Rainbow Beach. The Great Sandy Biosphere contains significant natural assets including the largest unconsolidated coastal sand mass and sand island in the world and the tallest and most complex rainforests growing on sand in the world.
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Adventure can be found everywhere, from beneath the water, on the water, on land or in the air. With Mary Valley Country being acknowledged as the last natural playground in South East Queensland, it adds to the rich choices of adventure found on the Cooloola Coast.Read More
A number of world-class events occur throughout the year from the coast, city to the country. A diverse selection of events celebrate the environment, food, wine, music, art and culture.Read More
Restored buildings from the gold rush era add character and charm to Gympie. Take a heritage walk or drive past traditional shop fronts and historic buildings to view glorious examples of 19th century architecture. The region has a strong cultural and artistic community which is supported by a stunning Regional Art Gallery in the city centre, events and festivals celebrating the region's diverse heritage.Read More
With the diverstiy of landscape that makes up the Gympie Cooloola region visitors have many options from coast to country, beach to bush, mountains to mudflats.
A variety of markets occur throughout the region including growers markets which provide the buyer with fresh local food.Read More
BARGE: 10 minute barge trips run continuously between Inskip Point at Rainbow Beach and Hook Point on Fraser Island from 6:00am to 5:30pm each day.
Mantaray Barge: www.mantarayfraserislandbarage.com.au
Entry to Fraser Island is conditional on having a camping permit. For maps and camping
permits go to www.epa.qld.gov.au or call 13 74 68.