Rainbow Beach

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Calling all beach lovers! If you share the same affinity I have for watching the sun go down from the beach then Rainbow Beach is the place for you. The first night I stayed, I visited the sand dunes that surround the beach and got to witness one of the most vivid sunsets I had ever seen in my life. Immediately following this I assumed the beach was named after the spectaucular sunsets. After further exploration of the area, I realized the beach got its name from the variety of colors of the sand (about seventy-two different colors).

Sunset at the sand dunes
Rainbow steps leading to the beach

The Aboriginal legend of Rainbow Beach begins with a maiden named Murrawar. She fell in love with the Rainbow that would visit her. During one fateful day, a bad man named Burwilla stole her and brought her to his distant tribe as his slave wife. Burwilla had an evil killing boomerang that was filled with sinister spirits. Murrawar, over time, endured abuse at the hands of Burwilla and eventually ran away. As she ran along the beach, which was flat then, she turned to see Burwilla’s killing boomerang flying towards her. After hearing her cries for help, her Rainbow came to her aid racing accross the ocean. A thunderous bang filled the air as the boomerang hit the Rainbow shattering him to small pieces. Finally, the brave Rainbow laid on the beach to pass on, forming the colorful hills surrounding the ocean.

Artwork next to the hostel
Carlo Sand Bowl

The most touching activity I participated in was feeding wild Australian Humpback dolphins at Tin Can Bay. Trust me when I tell you waking up early in the morning will never be more rewarding. What makes this so special to me is that it is a natural interaction, where the animal is free instead of being kept in captivity. The dolphins visit from learned behavior passed down by generations of residential pods. I especially loved seeing the baby dolphin. It would roll over its mothers fin in a playful way that made my heart stop from the cuteness. The volunteers are really knowledgeable and explained that they only feed them at a certain level so they don’t completely rely on the feedings to survive or disturb their hunting patterns.

Feeding mother and baby Australian Humpback dolphins

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