girl standing on sand dune at Carlo Sand Blow

Looking for the spectacular Carlo Sand Blow? Found near Rainbow Beach, just above the Sunshine Coast (roughly half way between Hervey Bay and Noosa), Carlo Sand Blow is a beautiful natural phenomenon and a must do on any Queensland East Coast road trip.

What is Carlo Sand Blow

The Sand Blow is like large sand dunes, famous for its ‘moonscape’ like appearance. Covering 15 hectares with views across Rainbow Beach and the ocean. Although it looks quite remote, it’s actually very easy to get here (the carpark is even located in the suburbs!)

How to get to Carlo Sand Blow

First things first, drive to Rainbow Beach (Google Maps coordinates for Rainbow Beach here). Rainbow Beach is a popular getaway for locals so you’ll be forgiven if you want to linger here a while and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.

From Rainbow Beach, getting to Carlo Sand Blow couldn’t be easier. Put Cooloola Drive into your Google Maps or start at Rainbow Beach Road heading out of town (away from the ocean), turn left at Double Island Drive and then left again onto Cooloola Drive. Follow Cooloola Drive to the end and you’re there at the car park! All less than a five minute drive from Rainbow Beach centre.

Shaded carpark underneath trees at Carlo Sand Blow

Walk to Carlo Sand Blow from the Car Park

Once you’ve parked, it’s only a quick and easy 10 minute walk. The path is well signed and there are two lots of gentle stairs along the way.

Once you’ve arrived you can view the area from the platform or venture down onto the sand to really understand just how big and impressive this place is.

View of the ocean from a sand dune at Carlo Sand Blow
Girl standing on sand dune looking out over the ocean at Carlo Sand Blow

Carlo Sand Blow and Rainbow Beach is an excellent stop on a Queensland road trip or as a getaway from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast or Bundaberg. We only stayed here fleetingly as we were driving from Brisbane to Cairns, but I would’ve loved to explore more of the area and taking it all in.

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