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Camping in Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Set up camp on an established site within areas bordered by the tree line. (M.V. Natone camping area). Photo: Queensland Government

Set up camp on an established site within areas bordered by the tree line. (M.V. Natone camping area). Photo: Queensland Government

Self-composting or hybrid toilets (minimal water use) are located at four camping areas. Photo: Queensland Government

Self-composting or hybrid toilets (minimal water use) are located at four camping areas. Photo: Queensland Government

Beach she-oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade Inskip Peninsula’s camping areas, which are ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores—all within 15 minutes drive of Rainbow Beach.

Wind and water conditions generally become calmer in areas where the peninsula curves westward towards Great Sandy Strait.

Please note:

  • Camping permits are required for Inskip and fees apply.
  • Camping permits must be obtained prior to arrival.
  • A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
  • Individual sites cannot be booked—it's 'first in, best placed'.
  • No vehicle access permits are needed for any Inskip camping areas.

Useful resources

Park-specific conditions

  • Check park alerts and the Cooloola Conditions Report (PDF, 531K)* prior to arrival for any park closures, fire prohibitions, warnings, tide times and beach and track conditions.
  • Vehicle access to and from the beach is via signed tracks only.
  • Driving, parking or camping on vegetated dunes is prohibited.
  • Do not empty contents of portable toilets in camping areas. Please use the council service facility on Clarkson Drive in Rainbow Beach.
  • Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.
  • View the some short videos about minimising your impact when visiting.

Also see: Things to know before you go.

Making a booking:

Camping permits must be obtained prior to arrival. You can book online now.

If you can't book online, see other booking options.

If you have booked and paid online make sure you:

  • Print off your permit tag if possible and fill in all the details.
  • Bring your booking number and permit with you to the park.
  • Pick up an information pack—which may contain a more durable permit tag—from outside the QPWS information centre—either at Rainbow Beach or Tewantin.
  • Clearly display the permit tag at your camp.

If part of an organised group, a group activity permit may also be required

Also see: QPWS camping refunds policy (PDF, 176K)*

Campfires

  • Permitted at Inskip camping areas, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS-imposed fire bans are in place.
  • Use a pre-existing site and extinguish campfires with water, not sand.
  • Bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply.
  • Don't bring bush timber for firewood. It may contain pests and diseases, which could kill native plants.
  • Chainsaws cannot be used.
  • Preferably bring a gas or fuel stove for cooking.

Also see: Campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves—a short video.

Camping

  • Maximum length of stay is 30 days.
  • Camping structures belonging to all people registered under a tag must be in one place no more than 3 metres apart.
  • When setting up camp, use an established site and camp within the tree line—not on the foredunes.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • Camp sites must be vacated by 11am on the day of departure.
  • Please stay out of revegetation areas.

Keep noise to a minimum after 9 pm.

  • Use only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva.
  • Turn generators off after 9pm.
  • Keep groups small, as large groups have more environmental impact and can adversely affect the experience of other visitors.

Dogs and other domestic animals

  • Dogs are permitted at Inskip, but must remain on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Camping with any other domestic animals, including birds, is prohibited.

Be aware!

  • Dogs are not permitted in vehicles while traversing beaches and beach access tracks in the nearby Cooloola Recreation Area (i.e. Double Island Point, Teewah Beach and Freshwater Road).
  • Campers travelling with dogs to or from Inskip must detour via the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach sealed roads.

Camping area access

2WD vehicles, camper trailers, caravans and boat trailers cannot get into every camping area.

M.V. Sarawak camping area 

  • Is 2WD accessible from the bitumen road and only in normal conditions.
  • Has limited number of sites for caravans, campervans and camper trailers.

S.S. Dorrigo camping area

  • Is best accessed by 4WD vehicles.
  • Under normal conditions, has limited 2WD-suitable camp sites near the entrance.
  • Has limited number of sites for caravans, campervans and camper trailers.

 Natone, M.V. Beagle  and ‘The Oaks’ camping areas 

  • Are accessible by 4WD only.
  • Are not accessible for all-wheel-drive vehicles, vehicles with low clearance or vehicles towing trailers, boats or caravans.

Don’t get stuck!

  • Choose a suitable camping area for your type of vehicle and/or trailer set-up.
  • Stop at the camping area signs near the entrances and check out the best access routes.
  • The following camping area maps have the same information.

Camping area maps

Also see: Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)* for access point for 'The Oaks' camping areas

Facilities

Water

  • No water or shower facilities are provided in any of the camping areas.
  • Water is available at the service facility on Clarkson Drive in Rainbow Beach.
  • Bring your own water containers.

Toilets

  • Each camping area has self-composting or hybrid toilets (minimal water use).
  • Use these toilets as bush toileting, including digging pit toilets, is not permitted at Inskip.

Wheelchair accessible toilets

Located in the day-use area and these camping areas:

  • M.V. Sarawak
  • S.S. Dorrigo
  • M.V. Beagle 
  • M.V. Natone.

Portable toilet waste

  • Please do not empty contents of your portable toilets in the camping areas or the normal toilet facilities.
  • Use the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just outside of Rainbow Beach.

Rubbish bins

Collect all your rubbish in a strong container and take it one of the bins, located:

  • Near the entrance to ‘The Oaks’ camping area.
  • Just off the road at the exits to each of the other camping areas.

Also see: Staying safe and Looking after the park.

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'The Oaks' camping area

'The Oaks' camping area, Inskip Peninsula has 4WD access only, with no beach access tracks available. Photo: Queensland Government

'The Oaks' camping area, Inskip Peninsula has 4WD access only, with no beach access tracks available. Photo: Queensland Government

Camping area features: Open camping area behind the foredunes. No formally defined sites.

Please note:

  • Beach she oaks provide dappled shade in some areas.
  • Some sites offer views across the ocean towards Double Island Point.
  • It is only a short walk to the surf beach or the more sheltered Pelican Bay.

Location: Behind the foredunes, off Inskip Point Road. This is the closest camping area to the entrance of the recreation area.

Also see: Inskip Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)*

Access: 4WD vehicles only, no vehicle access permits needed.

Please note: 

  • The only entrance to this camping area is off Inskip Point Road.
  • The main entrance and access tracks to camp sites within the area are sandy, often soft with deep vehicle ruts, especially during peak periods.
  • Access to all the camp sites is via formed tracks only.
  • Vehicles, tents and camping equipment are not permitted on the vegetated dunes; helping protect this fragile part of the camping area.
  • Do not try to access this camping area with all-wheel-drive vehicles, vehicles with low clearance or vehicles towing trailers, boats or caravans.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Occupation of a camp site is on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • All structures under a single camping permit must be in one place and no more than 3m apart.
  • Don't spread your camp too far, so others can fit in too; rangers will ask you to move structures that have taken up an unreasonable amount of space.

Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside a vehicle.

Camp site surface: Sand.

Facilities: None.

Please note: 

  • Rubbish bins are located near the camping area entrance.
  • No toilets—nearest toilets are located at S.S. Dorrigo camping area. 
  • No showers available at 'The Oaks'.
  • Campers should bring a portable toilet for hygiene reasons.
  • Drinking water is available at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach township. Take water containers. 

Also see:  the short video about bush toileting practices.

Open fires: Permitted in pre-existing fire sites, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Also see:  the short video about campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted. Turn generators off after 9pm.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, first-aid kit, sunscreen, sand pegs and clean.

Please note:

  • For campfires at Inskip bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled timber off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply. 
  • Portable toilets are preferred, but please do not empty portable toilet waste into the camping area toilets.
  • Please dispose of your toilet waste at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach.

Also see: 

Bookings: Permits are required before setting up camp. Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are required for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Also see: Camping during peak periods

Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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S.S. Dorrigo camping area

S.S. Dorrigo camping area is within a short walk to the beach. Photo: Queensland Government

S.S. Dorrigo camping area is within a short walk to the beach. Photo: Queensland Government

Why S.S. Dorrigo? The names of four camping areas on the Inskip Peninsula recall past shipping history. On Good Friday 2 April 1926 the steamer S.S. Dorrigo, bound for Thursday Island from Brisbane, sank in heavy seas several kilometres off Double Island Point. The captain and his son were rescued, the body of the bo’sun was found on Fraser Island, but all 21 other crew members disappeared without a trace.

Camping area features: Open camping area behind the foredunes. No formally defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Allocasuarina trees provide dappled shade in some areas.
  • It is only a short walk to the surf beach or to the more sheltered Pelican Bay.
  • Some camp sites provide views across the ocean towards Double Island Point.
  • Other camp sites, located closer to the bitumen road, are more sheltered from prevailing ocean winds.

Location: Behind the foredunes, off Inskip Point Road. This is the second camping area from the entrance of the recreation area.

Also see: Inskip Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)* and S.S. Dorrigo camping area map (PDF, 142K)*

Access: 4WD recommended, access only off Inskip Point Road, no vehicle access permits needed.

Please note:

  • Some camp sites, located closer to the entrance and parallel to the bitumen road, may be accessible to 2WD vehicles under normal conditions, but 4WD is recommended.
  • See the map on the sign at the camping area entrance for access details.
  • Camping buses and vehicles with camper trailers and caravans have very restricted access. Choose another camping area with better access for these vehicles. No vehicle access to or from the beach from within this camping area.
  • A beach access track is located just south of the camping area's entrance.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Occupation of a camp site is on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • All structures under a single camping permit must be in one place and no more than 3m apart.
  • Don't spread your camp too far, so others can fit in too; rangers will ask you to move structures that have taken up an unreasonable amount of space.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside a vehicle.

Please note:

  • Only a few sites are accessible for camper trailers, caravans and buses.
  • Small camping structures are recommended here.

Camp site surface: Grass and/or sand.

Facilities: Three hybrid toilet blocks are provided in this camping area. One has a wheelchair access ramp.

Please note: 

  • no showers
  • no water taps
  • Rubbish bins are located near the camping area exit.
  • If you bring a portable toilet, the nearest waste disposal facility is available at the council service facility located on Clarkson Drive just outside of Rainbow Beach.
  • The service facility also has drinking water—take your own water containers.

Open fires: Permitted in pre-existing fire sites, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Also see:  the short video about campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted. Turn generators off after 9pm.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, first-aid kit, sunscreen, sand pegs. 

Please note: 

  • For campfires bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled timber off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply. 
  • Portable toilets are preferred, but please do not empty portable toilet waste into the camping area toilets.
  • Please dispose of your toilet waste at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach.

Also see: 

Bookings: Camping permits are required before setting up camp. Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Also see: Camping during peak periods

Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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M.V. Natone camping area

M.V. Natone camping area is set behind the foredunes and has beach access for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Photo: Queensland Government

M.V. Natone camping area is set behind the foredunes and has beach access for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Photo: Queensland Government

Why M.V. Natone? The names of four camping areas on the Inskip Peninsula recall past shipping history. A veteran of six Antarctic voyages, the 450 ton M.V. Natone had carried explorers Sir Douglass Mawson and Sir Hubert Wilkins. In January 1959, after being battered by cyclonic seas on her way from New Guinea to Brisbane, she ran aground near Mudlo rocks. All 18 crew survived the ordeal.

Camping area features: Open camping area behind the foredunes. No formally defined sites.

Please note:

  • Coastal trees provide dappled shade in some areas.
  • A few camp sites offer views across the ocean towards the Wide Bay bar and Fraser Island.
  • Other camp sites, a little further inland, provide shelter from the sun and prevailing ocean winds.
  • The beach is a short walk away.

Location: Behind the foredunes, off Inskip Point Road. This is the third camping area from the entrance of the Recreation Area.

Also see: Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)* and M.V. Natone camping area map (PDF, 193K)*.

Access: 4WD only, access from Inskip Point Road or the beach, no vehicle access permits required.

Please note: M.V. Natone camping area is not accessible for trailers, caravans or buses.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Occupation of a camp site is on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • All structures under a single camping permit must be in one place and no more than 3m apart.
  • Don't spread your camp too far, so others can fit in too; rangers will ask you to move structures that have taken up an unreasonable amount of space.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside a vehicle.

Camp site surface: Sand.

Facilities: Three hybrid toilet blocks are provided in this camping area. One has a wheelchair access ramp.

Please note: 

  • no showers
  • no water taps
  • Rubbish bins are located near the camping area exit.
  • If you bring a portable toilet, the nearest waste disposal facility is available at the council service facility located on Clarkson Drive just outside of Rainbow Beach.
  • The service facility also has drinking water—take your own water containers.

Open fires: Permitted in pre-existing fire sites, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Also see: a short video about Campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted. Turn generators off after 9pm.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove first-aid kit, sunscreen, sand pegs.

Please note: 

  • For campfires bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled timber off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply. 
  • Portable toilets are preferred, but please do not empty portable toilet waste into the camping area toilets.
  • Please dispose of your toilet waste at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach.

Also see: 

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Also see: Camping during peak periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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M.V. Beagle camping area

M.V. Beagle camping area is only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles.  Photo: Queensland Government

M.V. Beagle camping area is only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Photo: Queensland Government

Why M.V. Beagle? The names of four camping areas on the Inskip Peninsula recall past shipping history. A 10 m game fishing vessel, the M.V. Beagle was on its maiden voyage from Brisbane to north Queensland in April 1970 when it capsized while attempting to cross the Wide Bay bar in mountainous seas. Only one of the six men aboard survived.

Camping area features: Small camping area behind the foredunes. No formally defined sites.

Please note:

  • Coastal trees provide dappled shade in some areas.
  • A few camp sites offer views across the ocean towards Fraser Island.
  • Other inland sites provide shelter from the sun and prevailing ocean winds.
  • The beach is a short walk away.

Location: Behind the foredunes, off Clarkson Road. This is the fourth camping area from the entrance of the Recreation Area.

Also see: Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)* and M.V.Beagle camping area map (PDF, 123K)*.

Access: 4WD only from the road or the beach, no vehicle access permits needed.

Please note: No access for 2WD vehicles, all-wheel-drive vehicles, or vehicles towing trailers, caravans or buses.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Occupation of a camp site is on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • All structures under a single camping permit must be in one place and no more than 3m apart.
  • Don't spread your camp too far, so others can fit in too; rangers will ask you to move structures that have taken up an unreasonable amount of space.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside a vehicle. Small camping structures are recommended here.

Camp site surface: Sand.

Facilities: Two hybrid toilet blocks are provided in this camping area. One has a wheelchair access ramp.

Please note:

  • no showers
  • no water taps
  • Rubbish bins are located near the camping area exit.
  • If you bring a portable toilet, the nearest waste disposal facility is available at the council service facility located on Clarkson Drive just outside of Rainbow Beach.
  • The service facility also has drinking water—take your own water containers.

Open fires: Permitted in pre-existing fire sites, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Also see: the short video about Campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted. Turn generators off after 9pm.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove first-aid kit, sunscreen, sand pegs.

Please note:

  • For campfires bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled timber off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply. 
  • Portable toilets are preferred, but please do not empty portable toilet waste into the camping area toilets.
  • Please dispose of your toilet waste at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach.

Also see: 

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Also see: Camping during peak periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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M.V. Sarawak camping area

M.V. Sarawak camping area offers some shady camp sites. Photo: Queensland Government

M.V. Sarawak camping area offers some shady camp sites. Photo: Queensland Government

Why M.V. Sarawak? The names of four camping areas on the Inskip Peninsula recall the area’s past shipping history. This former navy minesweeper plied the coastline from Brisbane to Maryborough via Inskip weekly between 1949 and 1970. It brought supplies including drums of fuel and returned to Brisbane with sugar from Maryborough.

Camping area features: Open camping area behind the foredunes. No formally defined sites.

Please note:

  • This camping area is popular with larger groups.
  • Coastal trees provide dappled shade in most areas.
  • A few camp sites offer views across the ocean towards Fraser Island, while other ‘inland’ sites provide shelter from the sun and prevailing ocean winds.

Location: Behind the foredunes, off Inskip Point Road. This is the furthest camping area from the entrance of the recreation area.

Also see: Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area map (PDF, 210K)* and M.V. Sarawak camping area map (PDF, 180K)*.

Access: 4WD access from beach, 2WD in normal conditions only from the Inskip Point Road, no vehicle permits needed.

Please note: Beach access tracks are often soft and dry and not suitable for all-wheel drive vehicles or vehicles towing trailers, boats or caravans.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.

Please note: 

  • Occupation of a camp site is on a ‘first in, best placed’ basis.
  • Reserving or roping off areas is not permitted.
  • All structures under a single camping permit must be in one place and no more than 3m apart.
  • Don't spread your camp too far, so others can fit in too; rangers will ask you to move structures that have taken up an unreasonable amount of space.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside a vehicle.

Please note: There are limited sites suitable for small caravans and camper trailers, but not buses.

Camp site surface: Grass and/or sand.

Facilities: Hybrid toilet blocks are provided in this camping area. One has a wheelchair access ramp.

Please note:

  • no showers
  • no water taps
  • Rubbish bins are located near the camping area exit.
  • If you bring a portable toilet, the nearest waste disposal facility is available at the council service facility located on Clarkson Drive just outside of Rainbow Beach.
  • The service facility also has drinking water—take your own water containers.

Open fires: Permitted in pre-existing fire sites, except when QPWS-imposed fire prohibitions or QFRS fire bans are in place. Fuel stoves are recommended.

Also see: the short video about Campfire prohibitions and fuel stoves.

Generators: Only low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted. Turn generators off after 9pm.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove first-aid kit, sunscreen, sand pegs.

Please note:

  • For campfires bring clean, untreated firewood such as milled timber off-cuts.
  • Bring kindling and fire lighters as collecting and burning wood, including leaves and twigs, from the protected area is illegal and penalties apply. 
  • Portable toilets are preferred, but please do not empty portable toilet waste into the camping area toilets.
  • Please dispose of your toilet waste at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive just north of Rainbow Beach.

Also see: 

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

Also see: Camping during peak periods

Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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Last updated
27 June 2014