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Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

What's special?

Off the southern tip of Fraser Island at the entrance to Tin Can Bay lies Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area. The Peninsula is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on its eastern side and the still waters of Tin Can Bay and Great Sandy Strait to the west. Coastal vegetation with she-oaks and cypress pines covers this sand spit.

Most of the Peninsula has been set aside as a recreation area managed for nature-based recreation.

Exploring Inskip Peninsula

Relax and enjoy this quiet coastal retreat. Toilets, picnic tables, barbecues, water and bins are provided.

Look for turtles, dolphins and dugong in the adjacent waters. Beware of strong rips and estuary currents if swimming.

Four camping areas are provided. All are named after local shipwrecks. S.S. Dorrigo campground has campsites overlooking the ocean and caravan sites. M.V. Natone and M.V. Beagle campgrounds are accessible by four-wheel-drive only. M.V. Sarawak campground is suitable for larger groups. Only toilets are provided. Put your rubbish in the bins near the road exits from each campground or “The Oaks” beach access track. Camping is by permit only and you must get your permit before you arrive. Take drinking water and a fuel stove. Fresh water is available at the service facility in Rainbow Beach. Firewood may be purchased at Rainbow Beach.

Dogs on leashes are permitted.


A 900m circuit leads from the carpark to Pelican Bay.

Getting there

Inskip Peninsula is just 9km north of Rainbow Beach along a sealed all-weather road. From Gympie, take the Tin Can Bay-Rainbow Beach Road. You can also travel from Tewantin by four-wheel-drive at low tide along Cooloola’s beaches to Rainbow Beach. Four-wheel-drive access is possible along the beach from Rainbow Beach.


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