Great Sandy National Park – Sunshine Coast

With Queensland’s Great Sandy National Park in the blue corner and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road in the red; it would be a tough bout.

But, with stop signs being replaced with washouts, doughnut skids and the occasional car flipped on its side being the mere resemblance of a roundabout and the only alerting red/orange traffic light is when boobs/bums have been spotted; the blue corner is sure to win with an unanimous decision, even more so if the weekend’s weather forecast is looking absolutely bang on.

Ditching the bitumen roads for 50+ kilometres of sandy, salty straights in the Cooloola section (also known as Teerwah Beach & Double Island Point) of the Great Sandy National Park, was an all-time adventure for us ocean groovers, camping and 4WD enthusiasts. Not to mention thrill seeking and nail biting, as it was the second time our van had been on soft beach sand/4wd tracks and we had forgotten the most important thing on our road trip checklist; fuel. Oh, and the unplanned flat tyre. Despite these minor disasters and the looks and laughs from the ‘tough’ Hilux and Patrol drivers, the van killed it!

Double Island Point really is somewhere over the Rainbow, where dreams do come true. The headland is a wonderland.  The colour and clarity of the water was beyond magical, even more so when the whales, dolphins and turtles came out to play. The shades of red, yellow and orange of the massive sand dune cliffs that form the backdrop towards Rainbow Beach is mesmerizing. Although the famous 100-400-meter point break was non-existent, all of the above had left us speechless.

After exploring, snorkelling, catching some waves on the mal and soaking up the warm winters sun around the point, it was time to park up for the night. The high tide had left us little to no beach to drive on therefore, trying not to get bogged while scoping out a camp spot really tested the fuel light. Eventually we jagged a cracking campsite along the 15 kilometres of beachfront camping that Teerwah Beach offers.

Being able to cook up a storm from the back of our van, right on the beach, in front a flickering fire, below a blanket of stars is just unreal; in fact, almost indescribable.

The warm sunny day had turned in to a photographer’s paradise. Even more so when we noticed that the Milky Way was perfectly positioned right above us. This meant that we did not have to leave the comfort of our camp, you beauty!

The Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park is only 45 minutes from our driveway (Currimundi, Sunshine Coast) so there is no doubt that the blue corner has won us over unanimously! Just have to remember to get more fuel next time, oh and the Gopro too…

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