Inskip Point Camping Review
Inskip Point Camping Area is on the mainland just opposite the Fraser Island. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on its eastern side and has the calm sheltered water of Tin Can Bay and Great Sandy Strait to its west Camping At Inskip Point is a must do for everyone.
There is a small amount of sites that are accessible to 2WD vehicles, small caravans and camper trailers and are first in first served.
Are you planning on taking your dog? Then take an alternative route to the Teewah beach drive, which is 4WD only! A permit is required and is available here Cooloola Recreation Area vehicle access permit.
- Always travel around low tide times and check beach conditions before going.
- Dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted in vehicles traversing the Cooloola Recreation Area. You must drive via another route to Rainbow Beach to avoid penalties for having a dog in a recreation area.
- The sealed roads from Gympie, Maryborough or Tin Can Bay to and from Rainbow Beach.
- An unsealed road through bushland—Counter Road.
- Be aware that vehicle access permits are not required before traversing these roads.
- The unsealed roads are not QPWS roads. These council-maintained roads vary in conditions—4WD recommended.
- Vehicle access permits (VAPs) are required before traversing Cooloola’s beaches and some inland tracks.
- See Cooloola Recreation Area map.
Possible danger points
- Mudlo Rocks (in front of Rainbow Beach township)
- sand cliff slips between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point (Cooloola Recreation Area)
- Sand depressions located on the beach between the navigational lead lights and the barge landing area (Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area).
- Beware! Sand depressions can develop anytime on any section of beach at Inskip Peninsula.
Due to the sandy environment, there are no wheelchair-accessible tracks on the Inskip Peninsula. Wheelchair access ramps are available at some toilets, but assistance may be needed to push chairs along the sandy paths that lead up to the ramps.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in:
- Inskip day-use area—toilet is alongside the bitumen road.
- M.V. Beagle camping area—toilet near the exit.
- M.V. Sarawak camping area—toilet on the beachfront.
- M.V. Natone camping area—toilet at the entrance.
- S.S. Dorrigo camping area—toilet parallel to the bitumen road.
Some waters surrounding Inskip are protected within the Great Sandy Marine Park. The Great Sandy Strait, including Tin Can Bay and Tin Can Inlet, has been listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. For more information see the Australian Wetlands Database.
For thousands of years, Inskip and Cooloola have been special places for Aboriginal people. Through timber-getting, agriculture and sand mining, the areas have undergone many changes in the past 150 years. Today, Inskip and Cooloola protect valuable coastal ecosystem remnants and are among the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland.
Camping and accommodation
Obtain camping permits before you set up camp and display them at your camp site. Photo: Alyssa Muller, Queensland Government
M.V. Sarawak camping area
All camping areas within Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area require a camping permit and fees apply.
- Permits must be obtained prior to arrival.
- Camping permits must be purchased for the number of people in a group—NOT per camp.
- Capacity for the area is based on maximum number of people—NOT camps.
- You must display a camping tag with your booking number and details at your campsite.
- Pre-pay for permits online or by phone.
- Permit packs for people who have pre-paid bookings—that is, people who have already purchased their permits online or by phone—are available 24hrs from outside the QPWS information centre in Rainbow Beach and Tewantin.
- Campers are responsible for renewing expired permits.
- On-the-spot fines apply for camping without a valid permit.
- Rangers may visit camps during the day to check permits and answer questions.
Setting up camp
- All sites are occupied on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
- Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted at any time.
- Sites suitable for camper trailers or large tents are limited.
- Small tents are recommended.
- Sites suitable for 2WD vehicle access are limited.
- Campers may have to carry their camping equipment to an available site.
- Caravans are not recommended.
Camping during peak periods
Camping areas at Inskip are popular all year, but are often full at peak periods—school holidays, long weekends, Christmas, New Year and Easter.
Remember, only campers with pre-purchased permits are allowed to set up camp.
Be aware! Vehicle Access Permits (VAPs) are required and dogs are not permitted in vehicles while traversing beaches and beach access tracks in the nearby Cooloola Recreation Area (i.e. Double Island Point and Freshwater Road)
Penalties and evictions apply for camping without a valid permit. Avoid the disappointment of being turned away:
- Permits must reflect number of people and duration of stay.
- Buy permits well in advance.
Plan ahead especially in peak times!
- Visitors cannot book specific camp sites.
- All camp sites are available on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
- Most camping areas are for 4WD only.
- 2WD vehicle access is very limited.
- Very few sites cater for large tents or camper trailers.
- Caravans are not recommended.
- Bring small tents, particularly during peak periods, as they are more easily accommodated.
During peak periods, strict conditions of camping apply
- Camping structures belonging to all people registered under a single camping tag must be in one place and no more than 3 metres apart.
- Rangers will ask campers to reset their camping structures to allow for all visitors with valid permits to fit into the camping areas.
- Camp sites must be vacated by 11am on the day of departure.