Inskip Point camping weekend (Queensland, Australia)

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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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The sunsets here are pretty amazing too.

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9 thoughts on “Inskip Point camping weekend (Queensland, Australia)

  1. Great photos! It really is a beautiful place. And you are correct in your caution about swimming there. Not only are there sharks and strong currents, but I once caught a stonefish there while fishing near the camp ground.

    • Oh really? A stonefish. Yuck. I grew up camping up at Cooloola and Inskip Point but am not a fisherman so have no real idea about what lurks below. When the water is as clear as it is in some of the photos I have a “swim” close in to shore where there is plenty of “visual space” for me to keep an eye out for the toothy ones. But if its overcast or there’s a lot of white wash you won’t get me in there at all.

    • Hahaha. Oh yeah. It is a bit different from the temple fest that we enjoyed in Thailand. I’ll be doing a bit more domestic travel here in Australia this year through some micro adventures. The next temple fest will be occurring in Japan … I’ll be there for five weeks in April and May with lots of Shinto Temple viewing planned

  2. Great photography Andrew.
    We used to travel through Inskip Point in our little Subaru Forester on the way to Fraser Island from the Sunshine Coast. It’s lovely to see it again πŸ™‚

    • Hi Gail Thank you for the compliment. How did you find the Forester as a car? I am going to use some of the money that I got from selling my house last year to buy a second hand car. I’m looking for a small SUV like a Rav 4 or something like that. While Foresters are a bit more expensive than some of the other brands, it’s always worth considering all options.

      • Although no longer a Forester owner (only because they don’t make a camper van), I think they’re a very good vehicle. I’ve owned several over the years. We would take our Forester through sand tracks on Fraser Island where other bigger vehicles were getting bogged. They last a long time so you might find a very good second hand one. Our last Forester had 220,000 kilometres and was still smiling πŸ™‚

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