Inskip Peninsula

Beach camping

Rainbow Beach is famous for beach camping. Our favourite campground would have to be Inskip Peninsula. Inskip Peninsula is a narrow finger of land 12 minutes north of the Rainbow Beach Village. It boasts absolute beachfront camping sites nestled in an unformalised natural beachside bushland. With surf beach one side and stillwater tidal bay the other, no wider than 500 metres in most parts. A bitumen road takes you all the way to a roundabout, 500 metres short of the 4 Wheel Drive Barge access track.

This makes it popular with campers without 4WD’s.


While Inskip Peninsula is not a National Park but a Recreational area, it is managed by Qld Parks & Wildlife Service which is controlled by Department of Environment, Resource Management. This means that a camping permit is required prior to camping.

Dogs on leashes are also allowed, unlike in National Parks.

Popular all year round

Inkip Peninsula is popular all year round due to our temperate sub-tropical climate. The natural bushland offers a lot of protection from the elements. Inskip is serviced by Hybrid toilets (minimal water use) only. All campers must carry in and carry out all other requesites. A water station and Portable Toilet disposal point is available on Clarkson Drive free of charge.

The majority of areas have been named in honour of ships that have been wrecked in the vicinity They are the Steam Ship Dorrigo, Motor Vessel Natone, Motor Vessel Beagle, and Motor Vessel Sarawak. The three other areas, informally named by locals, are ‘The Oaks’ , Pelican Bay and Bullock.

Inskip Peninsula is roughly
divided into 7 areas

MV Beagle

MV Sarawak

MV Dorrigo

MV Natone

Cooloola Recreation
Area Fact Sheet

Peninsula Map