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Driving along a 46km beach.
Driving along a 46km beach.
The Cherry Adventure.
Making some colourful sandcastles.

Noosa 4WD Tour

Thursday, June 14, 2001
Sorrel heads north for Noosa and digs those famous coloured sands, four-wheel driving and listening to Bert's amazing stories.

Bert Schutte has been taking four-wheel drive tours to Teewah Beach and Cooloola National Park for 22 years, and still loves it every time he goes. With different passengers and changing beach conditions, no two tours are the same, and that's what keeps it exciting.

Bert's four-wheel drive tours are different from any other in Australia because of the amazing coloured sands he takes you to see. There are 72 shades of colour in the sands — off-whites, yellows, pinks, oranges, reds, maroons and browns — all in the red spectrum. The coloured sand is there because of the iron oxide content, and it is believed it originated in the NSW mountains, and was transported by ocean currents. When it reached Queensland, it was blown north to make the huge sand dunes.

According to Bert, Teewah and Rainbow Beaches combine to offer 60km of the world's best-exposed coloured sands.

A half-day tour covers 130km, including 110km of beach. It begins by ferry-crossing to Noosa's north shore and then a 6km drive through natural bush to Teewah Beach which is 53km long!

After about 10 minutes, you will see the first patch of coloured sand, which extends from Teewah Village to Double Island Point. It is made up of a series of hills and is 50km long, while the dunes are up to 120m high.

There are three main features along the way. "Cathedrals" has a lot of sharp peaks similar to church steeples. Another area is known as "Snow on the Mountains", where white sand contrasted against darker sand gives the appearance of snow. "Red Canyon" is a heavily eroded area with enormous amounts of dark red, orange and yellow.

Further along, you will see the Cherry Venture shipwreck. It was washed ashore during a cyclone in 1973, fortunately with no loss of life. It is quite eerie to see this huge, rusty vessel lying on the pristine beach. There have been nine unsuccessful attempts to remove it, and it has survived fires and salvagers, so it looks as though Cherry Venture is staying put!

You then continue to Wide Bay and, as you get to the end of the approach, track views of the bay open to amazing views of emerald green water and Fraser Island, 20km in the distance. Standing on the beach, you have Double Island Point on the right and 8km of coloured sand along Rainbow Beach — even more intense in colour than at Teewah. You can see the sections of colours from a distance, and the dunes there are up to 200m high.

Location

Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Cost

Noosa 4 Wheel Drive Eco Tours cost $62 for adults and $41 for children for half a day, including morning or afternoon tea. Open every day, except Christmas Day.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Noosa 4 Wheel Drive Eco Tours
Ph: (07) 5449 1400
Fax: (07) 5471 0688
Website: www.noosa4wdtours.com.au

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