RainBow Beach..Inskip Camping


The aboriginal name of Carah was once given to Inskip Point. Early this century Inskip Point was the original settlement in the area and boasted a small school to cater for the children of the local timber workers and the Inskip Light Keeper.
IMG_0364Some of the area between Inskip and Rainbow Beach was mined for rutile, zircon and ilmenite between 1965 and 1971.

Inskip Point
some 7-8 kms to the north of Rainbow Beach township, is now predominantly known for its Barge service to Fraser Island and its picturesque camping


You need a permit which you can buy at the Forestry Office just out of town or from the Barge booking office or Surf Shop at Rainbow Beach Township. Cost is $5.60 a person. You can park where you wish but 2 camping sites are recommended for 2WD…I went to the second one after the Parking area…all other areas were too sandy for my van..

IMG_0340 IMG_0347 IMG_0354 IMG_0362 IMG_0363 IMG_0371 IMG_0373There are 12 toilet blocks in the area with  washing hands sink, where water can be used for washing the black sand off feet as well. At low tide, the sand gets very hot because of the metal content in it and feet get very black.

There are many fishermen with surf rods catching fish here…I saw a huge trevally caught by a fishermen at the beach adjacent to the camp. at Sunset the fishermen line the water with their long surf-rods waiting for fish for their dinner…

IMG_0397IMG_0373 IMG_0387 IMG_0502 IMG_0510Birds hover above the fishing men or wait in the shallows for fish

IMG_0407 IMG_0408 IMG_0409Above eagles and terns lazily ride the sky circling the area where the fishermen are

IMG_0357 IMG_0359 IMG_0376 IMG_0379In the morning the edges of the water are lined with jelly fish stranded by the outgoing tide. I saw one stinging portuguese man of war…

IMG_0369 IMG_0425 IMG_0439 IMG_0460It is very beautiful here…campers swim in the safe and shallow waters, but mostly the beach is totally deserted this time of the year because of the heat during the day and the midges at Dawn and in the evening. Most of the campers are older Nomads traveling as a couple or with another couple in their own van. There are older men on their own, and backpackers who come in late and leave early to dodge paying the camping fee I was told…By 7pm the camp is mostly asleep and dark, except for the Backpacker vans and cars driving  in the check what areas are free, and the flickering light of the toilet goers.IMG_0446 IMG_0448 IMG_0457 IMG_0458 IMG_0465IMG_0486 IMG_0494This beach is the 4WD beach driving area, and cars enter from the camping parks and drive on the beach.

IMG_0482It is also the place where the barge Takes 4WD vehicles across to Fraser Island across the water. You can see cars driving the sand of Fraser island from the camping areas.

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