When the late great Geoff Mack first wrote the hit song I’ve been everywhere man for the band Lucky Starr, we like to think that although he may have been everywhere, he didn’t know everything he could have about where he was going.
We certainly haven’t been everywhere, but in our travels we’ve found many hidden gems scattered throughout our beautiful country. Tucked away are the best kept secret locations, and the best way to enjoy them is often hidden in plain sight.
Here are our top 3 camping destinations we believe everybody should experience, and what you need to know to get the most out of your adventure.
Location 1: Rainbow Beach Holiday Park, Carlo Point
Our first location on the list is Rainbow Beach Holiday Park at Carlo Pint.
We recently spent 5 days fishing and camping at Rainbow Beach, well known as the Gateway to Fraser Island. With day time temperatures in the 20s, the beach is lovely this time of year and is more than just a fuel stop before heading to Fraser.
We arrived at Rainbow Beach Holiday Park around noon full of anticipation for big fishing opportunities, so we wanted to set up and be on the water as soon as we could.
My mate had purchased a new OzTrail fast pitch family tent so we were confident it wouldn’t take long. The tent had never been set up before and was still in its cardboard box. Despite the extra time removing packaging and untying ropes, the speed and ease of installing the Ezy Anchor screws saw us go from an empty grass site to a home away from home in 19 minutes. Not bad for a first time run! The entire setup (including kitchen and bedding) was complete in less than 30 minutes and we wasted no time in getting the boat on the water.
As this was primarily a fishing trip, sightseeing was limited to the view from the tinnie, but we were NOT disappointed. Our-on water adventures saw us travel up into the Sandy Straights behind Fraser Island as far as Tinnanbar. Entering the Sandy Straights at Inskip Point was very Picturesque but not as good as the view that opened up as we got closer to the Fraser side of the channel. The entire beach at Rainbow in all of her coloured sand beauty became visible – WOW it was absolutely mind blowing! But the most unexpected sight was that of the sunsets at Carlo Point boat ramp. There are not many places in Queensland where you can see the sun set over water like this. The sky was so vibrant, swirling with colour yet being on the water made for such a calming experience. Overall Rainbow beach has peaceful yesteryear charm that makes the trip that much sweeter.