Despite only returning home from Thailand earlier in the week, we decided to join my parents in a weekend camping at Inskip Point. Inskip Point is a wild beach-side recreation area just across from the southern end of Queensland’s famous Fraser Island. You can camp on the beach in the sand with just drop toilets for comfort (there are no showers, water or other facilities). Other than one night camping with me in South Australia, Paul hasn’t been camping since childhood so I decided to make things a bit more comfortable by purchasing a bigger tent and a double mattress (my MSR Hubba Hubba NX fits us both but it’s a bit of a squeeze). I have dubbed the new beast “The Palace” because it is probably the largest tent I’ve ever owned.
The beach at Inskip Point is beautiful with crystal clear waters and plenty of soft white sand. But beware, the beaches here are unpatrolled and few people swim here due to the risk of sharks and strong currents. I had a few little swims in knee-deep water but not when the waves came up obscuring my view. Call me paranoid but I am not going to be the one who tests the voracity of a lifetime of warnings.
However, the beach here is perfect for walking. The tide varies greatly, creating variation depending on when you walk. At high tide the sand is soft and you can enjoy looking at the flotsam that washes up on the shore. As the waters recede you can watch as the top layer of white sand is washed away to expose the black layers of sand created by the black rocks in the sea breaking down. Given the swift flowing waters in and out of the bay behind Fraser Island, there is almost always plenty of driftwood to admire (or curse if you walk at night and bump into it).
From the point you can walk all the way around to the inland side of the peninsula to admire the views out over towards The Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay. This area is popular with yachtsmen and fishermen alike.
The sunsets here are pretty amazing too.