Holidays in Carlo Sand Blow

Holiday Travel Guide
Sunshine Coast

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.

232 Cheap Hotels Near Carlo Sand Blow

Debbie's Place
Debbie's Place
4 out of 5
30 Kurana Street, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$167 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (543 reviews)
"Debbies place is a great place to stay and the price point is defiantly a bonus. Yes the property is slightly out of ‘town’ but honestly it’s the shortest drive in and you don’t even notice it. The only slight downside for us was the shower is quite small and one side of the bed had a ‘dip’ in it ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2022

Debbie's Place
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
4.5 out of 5
103 Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$345 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (157 reviews)
"We received a free upgrade to a king suite which we appreciated."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Double Island Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$212 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (239 reviews)
"The Getaway was great, clean well cared for gardens, just relaxing."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
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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Top Carlo Sand Blow Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Debbie's Place
Debbie's Place
4 out of 5
30 Kurana Street, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$167 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
Debbie's Place
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
4.5 out of 5
103 Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$345 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
4 Double Island Drive, Rainbow Beach, QLD
The price is AU$212 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
Plantation Resort at Rainbow
Plantation Resort at Rainbow
4.5 out of 5
1 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Plantation Resort at Rainbow
Rainbow Sea Resort
Rainbow Sea Resort
5 out of 5
3 Ocean View Parade, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Rainbow Sea Resort
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
43 Double Island Drive - DOUBLE ISLAND, DREAM, Rainbow Beach, QLD
43 Double Island Drive - Two level holiday home with swimming pool. Located close to beach and CBD
13 Coora Court - Sleeps 6, pool, air con, pets
13 Coora Court - Sleeps 6, pool, air con, pets
13 Coora Court, Rainbow Beach, Rainbow Beach, QLD
13 Coora Court - Sleeps 6, pool, air con, pets
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
2/80 Cooloola Drive - SHARON LEE 2, Rainbow Beach, QLD
2/80 Cooloola Drive - Comfortable and cosy unit enjoying ocean views and views to Fraser Island
6 Bomburra Court - Lowset family home with swimming pool, Pet friendly
6 Bomburra Court - Lowset family home with swimming pool, Pet friendly
6 Bomburra Court - BOMBURRA6 - Rainbow, Beach, Rainbow Beach, QLD
6 Bomburra Court - Lowset family home with swimming pool, Pet friendly
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.