Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area Sunshine Coast

Soak up a tranquil sunset over Inskip Peninsula. Photo credit: © Ben Blanche

Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves. It forms a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Inskip is a gateway to World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island). Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive of Rainbow Beach.


About 250km north of Brisbane and 9km north of the town of Rainbow Beach.


Traditional Owners have a long and ongoing relationship with the area. In order to acknowledge the important connection with Aboriginal people, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) urges visitors to treat the country through which they walk with respect and care.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • 4WD

Learn moreGetting there

Park facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Information shelter
  • Toilets
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Campervan camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Dogs permitted (on leash)
  • Nesting birds

Inskip Peninsula coastline movement

Inskip Peninsula is susceptible to retrogressive breach flow slide, commonly called a nearshore landslide. This is where a large body of sand moves quickly, forming a scarp (small cliff) that moves rapidly inshore as the sand debris moves out to sea. To ensure the safety of campers and visitors at Inskip, a buffer zone along the coastline is in place with no camping or vehicles permitted in this zone. The section of beach remains open to pedestrians and day activities. See below links for more details.