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MV Beagle camping area
Explore the marine park and recreation area from this intimate seaside base with its endless ocean views.
- High clearance 4WD
- Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
- Generators allowed (conditions apply)
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
- Tent camping
- Caravan camping
- Camper trailer camping
- Tent camping beside car
- 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 six 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.
- 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.
Access: Via Inskip Point Road or beach access tracks at the navigation lights east of M.V. Beagle camping area. 4WD vehicles are required. Limited access for off road high clearance camper trailers and caravans. Not suitable for buses or motorhomes.
Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites.
- 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, off road camper trailers and caravans. 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.
- 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 storage containers.
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.
- 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: Camping during peak periods.
Mobile phone coverage: Intermittent.