Hit the road to count all 72 shades of sand on this multi-coloured beach.
It's no secret that Rainbow Beach is one of Queensland's best caravan and camping destinations—picture 23 kilometres of curving pristine beach, cliffs of coloured sand (there's said to be up to 72 shades of yellow, orange, and red), and next-level fishing. It's no wonder that caravan camping directly on the beach is on many travel wish lists. In the nearby Great Sandy National Park, you'll find endemic plants that don't grow anywhere else—but if you want to immerse yourself in a truly unusual ecosystem, you can also hop on the ferry to K'gari (formerly known as Fraser Island), where you have a chance of spotting a dingo. Popular with families, area caravan parks feature heaps of amenities, but if you head inland toward Gympie, you'll also find some outback options on private land that allow you to reconnect with nature. Suitable for camping year-round, Rainbow Beach is best visited during the shoulder seasons and outside of school holidays to secure the best spots.