A Guide to The Best Inskip Point Camping Spots

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Inskip Point Camping Ground

Firstly, where is Inskip Point?

Inskip Point is at the northern end of Rainbow Beach, a small town 250klms north of Brisbane in the Wide Bay–Burnett region. Inskip Point is most well known for being the gateway to Fraser Island with several barge services to Fraser running from the point. The area consists of 4 main beach campgrounds and offers visitors with many options for fishing, swimming, boating and 4WD beach driving.

There are very limited facilities for campers at Inskip Point, so campers must be prepared and bring with them the required equipment including water, firewood/fuel, lighting. Camping at Inskip Point requires a permit and can be booked online or at the entry to Rainbow Beach – see fee information below.

So where to camp at Inskip Point?

This guide will provide information on the various camping grounds at Inskip Point and some hints and tips to make your next camping adventure a safe and enjoyable one.

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Best Inskip Point camping grounds 2019

Inskip Point borders on the Great Sandy Straight and offers wonderful beach camping all year round. Only a short drive north of Rainbow Beach, there are 5 main campgrounds to choose from listed below.

Things to note:

  • All campgrounds require permits and fees do apply. Permits are required prior to arrival.
  • All campers must display their camping permit at their campground
  • Sites cannot be pre-booked or reserved. First in best dressed policy policy applies.
  • 4WD is recommended however some campgrounds can be reached by 2WD
  • Amenities are very limited. No running water and toilets are self composting.
  • Building a campfire is permitted. Firewoord must be brought with you.
  • Maximum stay length is 30 days
  • Dogs ARE permitted but must remain on a leash at all times
  • No electricity available. Low decibel generators up to 2.0Kva are permitted or consider using 12v camping solar panels


M.V. Sarawak camping area

This campground is named after the former navy minesweeper which operated between Brisbane and Maryborough between 1949 and 1970. Campsites are located behind the dunes and it is very popular with larger groups. Beach front sites offer views out to Fraser Island whilst inland sites provide more protection from the elements including sun and winds.

M.V. Sarawak is the furthest campground from the entrance to Inskip Point recreation area and can only be accessed by the Inskip Point Road – There is no beach access to this campground.

Facilities at the camping ground include:

  • Grass / sand campsites
  • Limited sites for caravans, campervan and camper trailers
  • No showers
  • No water taps
  • Rubbish bins are located near the exit
  • Hybrid toilet facilities are provided with wheelchair access ramp

Things to consider

  • Bring your own firewood
  • Portable camping toilets are preferred and disposal facilities are available
  • Sites are first in first served. No reservations. Permit required prior to arrival.
  • Bring drinking water, sand pegs, sunscreen, insect repellent, rubbish bags, cooking fuel.


Current fees as of 1 July 2019 for camping permits in Queensland’s parks and forests are as follows.

  • $6.65 per person per night, or $26.60 per family per night;
  • $3.65 per person per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.

For a full list of fees including family rates click here

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Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

A lover of all things outdoors, Andy is an experience camper having traveled the east cost of Australia multiple times and countless trips throughout New Zealand.

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