Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area Sunshine Coast

M.V. Beagle camping area. Photo credit: Queensland Government

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

MV Beagle camping area

Explore the marine park and recreation area from this intimate seaside base with its endless ocean views.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Campground facilities

  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Tent camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Dogs permitted (on leash)

Pack the car and head to this sheltered camping area, right near the beach. Spend the night under the stars among coastal trees and spend your days exploring the surrounding marine park and recreation area. Take the dog for a walk along the beach, or pile everyone into the car for a drive. Try you luck at fishing and cook your catch over your camp fire.

The camping area is named after the MV Beagle, a 10m game fishing vessel. While on its maiden voyage in April 1970, the MV Beagle capsized in mountainous seas while attempting to cross the bar at Wide Bay. Sadly, of the six men aboard, only one survived.

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 Inskip Point 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.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Inskip safely and camp with care.