Carlow Sandblow is located just to the south of Rainbow Beach, which in itself is just to the south of the most southern point of Fraser Island. The Sandblow can be accessed by taking a short bush walk from a car park which is located at the top of Cooloola Drive in Rainbow Beach.
The best way I can describe it is a huge bowl of sand sitting atop a cliff. Covering 15 hectares, the Sandblow offers beautiful views of the ocean to the east and staggering forests to the west. The sand is soft and deep, great for running crazily and fooling about, which is just what I did.
There is not much vegetation in the Sandblow itself, so little shade from the blistering sun. There are also no facilities, so along with a hat, bring plenty of water. That said it’s only a short walk from the car park, so any essentials can easily be picked up when needed.
It’s probably not going to entertain everyone all day, but the Sandblow is not to be missed. Look out for cardboard left on the sides of the bowl or bring along a body-board if you have one handy as the Sandblow is great for sand-boarding. Just choose an area free from obstruction and drag that board on up. Go face-first or feet-first, but try to keep your mouth closed on decent unless you enjoy eating sand.
TOP TIP: There are even organised tours up to the Sandblow, if you’re here solo and are without a board, a cheeky smile to the guide might get you a free pass to use their boards.
I was there in the beginning of August and it was beautifully warm without being overpowering. There were few other visitors and by the end of the day I had the sunset to myself.
If you doubt for a second the awesome-ness of this place, check out these rave reviews on Trip Advisor and get this staggering cliff-beach location added to the bucket list.