Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area Sunshine Coast

Sarawak West camping area. Photo credit: Queensland Government

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

MV Sarawak West camping area

This sheltered camping area is beachside accommodation at its greatest! Set yourself up here and explore the surrounding area.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Walk-in

Campground facilities

  • Anchoring allowed
  • 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
  • Walking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Dogs permitted (on leash)

Set up your tent, caravan, campervan or camper trailer in one of the shady sites and head off to explore the surrounding area. Drive and walk the beach or throw in a line and see if you can catch a fish for dinner.

If relaxation is more your goal, sit back and read a book in the shade of the coastal sheoaks and Moreton Bay ash.

The camping area is named after the MV Sarawak, a former navy minesweeper that made weekly trips between Brisbane and Maryborough—through Inskip—from 1949 to 1970. Supplies, including drums of fuel, were transported north, while the ship was full of sugar on its return leg.

Why M.V. Sarawak? The names of six 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. This is the furthest camping are from the entrance of the recreation area.

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 West camping area map (PDF, 252.3KB) .

Access: Via Inskip Point Road. No beach access for vehicles into or out of M.V. Sarawak West 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: 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.

Visiting safely

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