Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area Sunshine Coast

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

Camping area summary

    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 and M.V. Beagle 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

    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:

    • Just off the road at the exits to each of the other camping areas.

    Also see: Staying safe and Looking after the park.

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

    S.S. Dorrigo camping area

    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, 426.7KB) and S.S. Dorrigo camping area map (PDF, 163.1KB)

    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 QFES 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 or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

    Also see: Camping during peak periods

    Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

    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

    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 Douglas 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, 426.7KB) and M.V. Natone camping area map (PDF, 208.0KB) .

    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 QFES 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 or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

    Also see: Camping during peak periods.

    Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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

    M.V. Beagle camping area

    Why M.V. Beagle? The names of four camping areas on the Inskip Peninsula recall past shipping history. A 10m 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, 426.7KB) and M.V.Beagle camping area map (PDF, 159.5KB) .

    Access: Via Inskip Point Road or beach access tracks at the navigation lights east of M.V. Beagle camping area. 4WD vehicles are strongly recommended as 2WD access is very limited, even in good conditions. No sites are suitable 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. 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 QFES 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 or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

    Also see: Camping during peak periods.

    Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

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

    M.V. Sarawak camping area

    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, 426.7KB) and M.V. Sarawak camping area map (PDF, 159.2KB) .

    Access: Via Inskip Point Road. No beach acess for vehicles into or out of M.V. Sarawak camping area.

    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 QFES 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 or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are required, especially for holiday periods including long weekends and public holidays.

    Also see: Camping during peak periods

    Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.

    Camping areas for schools and large groups

    Certain groups may be able to request a special account—group account, school account or commercial operator account—for booking camping.

    Also see: Permits for special group accounts Schools and other organised groups

    If you are planning an organised use of a QPWS-managed area contact your local QPWS office to discuss your proposal.

    • Organised event permits may be required for weddings and large, organised group activities, such as school excursions or adventure training.
    • Maximum group sizes and other conditions may apply depending on the location you wish to use and the type of activity you are planning.
    • It is recommended that group leaders view the Teachers’ and group leaders’ package (PDF, 247.3KB) for planning hints and safety information.