Inskip Point Recreation Area | Family Friendly Camping THE REVIEW
Camping in Inskip
We left home nice and early to head off for our Inskip Point camping trip. The drive took us just over three hours from the north side of Brisbane, including a stop for breakfast at Gympie on the way. We followed the signs into Rainbow Beach and then turned up Clarkson Drive for the final ten minute trip into the Inskip Recreation area. This is the same road you take to head towards the Fraser Island Barges.
As we neared the camping areas, we started looking for the camp site that we would call home for the next week. There are five camping areas to choose from in the area, with both S.S. Dorrigo and M.V. Sarawak being suitable for 2WD vehicles and caravan/campers and Natone, M.V. Beagle and ‘The Oaks’ camping areas being best suited to 4WD vehicles.
We found a great site at M.V. Beagle and commenced setting up our site. Once we were set up, we headed straight to the beach for a swim – only a 50m stroll away from our campsite! The beaches along Inskip Point are not patrolled, so we never ventured out too far. The water was spectacular though—crystal clear waters for a few metres, then turning into a gorgeous deep blue. Unfortunately for our week away there were quite a few blue jellyfish in the ocean though.
Our afternoon ritual throughout our stay involved heading over to the Tin Can Bay side of Inskip for more swimming, kayaking, yabby pumping and fishing. From our campsite location this involved a one to two minute drive up Inskip Point Road; however it is within walking distance from other sites at Inskip. Tin Can Bay is a great spot to take kids. At high tide the kids can play, swim or kayak out in knee deep calm water. We spent hours there every afternoon.
Facilities at Inskip Point Recreation Area
- The facilities at Inskip are limited. This area is best suited to people who enjoy more traditional camping.
- There are composting style toilets available at all camping areas with a cold water tap for washing hands only (NOT for drinking).
- Fresh drinking water is available at Clarkson Drive at Rainbow Beach, so take plenty of refillable containers. There is also a portable toilet waste disposal area available there.
- An “ICEMAN” vehicle travels through the campgrounds at least once daily throughout the year. You can purchase – ice, newspapers, ice-creams, milk and bread straight from out the front your campsite.
- Dogs are allowed to stay with you at Inskip, but must be on leashes.
- Bins are available at the entrance to each campground area.
- Campfires are allowed, unless a fire prohibition is in place.
- 2WD access is limited to S.S. Dorrigo and M.V. Sarawak camp areas.
- Wheelchair access – ramps are available to the toilets, however many are surrounded by soft sand.
Activities to enjoy at Inskip Point Recreation Area
- 4WD tracks
- Rainbow Beach – patrolled beach, bush walks, sand blow and coloured sands
- Fraser Island – The gorgeous Fraser Island is just a barge trip away from Inskip
- Horse riding along the beach is available at Rainbow Beach
- Tin Can Bay
How to make the most of your stay at Inskip Point Recreation Area
- Bring all camping supplies, food, water, firewood, insect repellent, sunscreen, fishing gear and 4WD recovery gear.
- 4WDs travel along the main beach at Inskip, so children need to be well supervised.
Inskip Point Recreation Area is located at Inskip Point Road in Inskip. You can find more information on Inskip Point Recreation Area here – http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/inskip-peninsula/camping.html
Thanks to Belinda for this camp site review!
If you enjoyed this review, please take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore, like Gap Creek Farmstay in Tregony. We will be adding many more campsite reviews coming to the website in the very near future.