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Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island

In our travels all around Australia over more than 4 years we can tell you, Fraser Island is as spectacular as anywhere.

It’s one place everybody should want to visit in their lifetime as everything to see and do on Fraser Island will leave a lasting impression.

There is so much that is unique about the World’s Largest Sand Island but you’re going to need a 4wd and at least a few days just to see the main attractions.

Add another few days to relax, absorb your surroundings and catch a few fish. Even learn the techniques for worming, now that’s a challenge.

Poyungan Rocks Sunrise
Mornings on Fraser Island

There are a lot of great day trips you can do but it’s like watching the split second highlights of your favourite footy teams win on the news. You get the idea of it but you really want to see so much more and now wished you’d watched the whole thing.

Fraser Island is diverse, unique, stunning and spectacular. It is steeped in so much history.

With decades of experience of coming to Fraser Island and having lived here for an extended period with the island almost to ourselves we have an intimate knowledge of this majestic location that everyone wants to see.

Everything there is to See and Do on Fraser Island

These are the primary places you will want to go when you visit Fraser Island.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie

There are over 100 freshwater lakes on Fraser Island but none as incredible or as popular as Lake McKenzie.

The Lake is rainwater and has no creek or river access. Just like you experience on spectacular Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, the sand is pure silica.

The water feels soft as you swim and is cooler than the ocean waters making it very refreshing.

Aerial View of Lake McKenzie

There is a fenced picnic area to enjoy your lunch you brought with you. No food is allowed outside this fenced area.

No trip to Fraser is complete without visiting Lake McKenzie.

How to get there: From the ocean beach take the Eurong exit and follow the track and signs. It will take approx 25-30 mins and this track can be rough and slow due to all the traffic and tourist buses that use it. You can also access it from the Cornwell Rd track just north of Eurong. From Kingfisher Bay Resort, exit towards the ocean beach and look for the sign to Lake McKenzie.

Can I park close by: Yes, there’s a big carpark at Lake McKenzie with an easy 100m walk to the lake.

Are toilets available: Yes, you will walk past them for the entrance to the lake.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking up at the trees at Central Station
Central Station

Central Station Rainforest

Whenever you visit Lake McKenzie you should always stop at Central Station which is only a few kms nearby.

Central Station was originally a Logging Station and you can still see the cabins and some of the equipment they used on display. It is surrounded by magnificent rainforest with large ferns and an amazing canopy from the trees, some hundreds of years old.

There is an information board on display telling the details of the history of Central Station.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island
Wanggoolba Creek

A short walk takes you to Wanggoolba Creek through the rainforest alongside a stream that is so clear at first you won’t even believe there is water flowing.

The next moment you will notice a leaf floating by and that’s when you realise there is actually water flowing. That’s how incredibly clear the water here is.

The boardwalk takes you further into the Rainforest beside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek where the surrounding beauty will leave you in awe of just what makes Fraser Island so unique.

A campground is also close by and there are toilets and a picnic area.

How to get there: From the ocean beach take the Eurong exit and follow the track and signs. It will take approx 25 mins and this track can be rough and slow due to all the traffic and tourist buses that use it. You can also access it from the Cornwell Rd track just north of Eurong. From Kingfisher Resort, exit towards the ocean beach and look for the sign to Lake McKenzie. Central Station is nearby, just follow the track and look for the signs.

Can I park close by: Yes, there’s a carpark at Central Station with an easy walk in to Central Station.

Are toilets available: Yes.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking down on the wreck of the S.S. Maheno

S.S. Maheno Wreck

The Maheno was built in 1905 in Scotland and began life as a Luxury Passenger Liner which accommodated 234 First class passengers, 116 Second class passengers and 60 in Third Class.

There was so much hype about its arrival in Australia that on its first voyage it created enormous attention at every stop.

At the start of World War 1, by official order, the New Zealand Government recommissioned the Maheno as a Hospital ship. After the war the Maheno was restored once again back to her former condition and returned to work as a passenger ship operating across the Tasman between Australia and New Zealand.

In 1935 the Maheno was retired as bigger and better ships were built. It was sold to ship breakers from Japan. The same company also bought the Ship named the Oonah which they decided to use to tow the Maheno to Japan.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - S.S. Maheno
Maheno Wreck

Whilst under tow the ships hit an unseasonable July cyclone as it passed Brisbane and the tow ropes broke and the Maheno was at the mercy of the wild seas before eventually being grounded on the beaches of Fraser Island.

The Maheno soon became a tourist destination with tour guides taking groups on fishing trips on the Maheno. They would fish off the decks of the abandoned ship and sleep in the cabins at night.

Wedding on the Maheno

The Maheno even hosted a wedding. Customs officers were required to oversee the ships equipment and chattels. One of the Customs officers had already postponed his wedding 3 times and so it was proposed to have the wedding on board the ship and the Captain agreed.

The Bride and Groom plus all the guests climbed a 9m high rope ladder to board the ship for the wedding.

85 years later and the ship still remains, even after being used as bombing practice by the Australian Air Force and for weapons training by the Secret Commando Unit on Fraser Island.

It’s now a rusted wreck with not too much left but it remains one of Fraser Island’s most popular and iconic pieces of history.

How to get there: Follow the ocean beach north from Happy Valley for 10 mins. It is a few kms north of Eli Creek.

Can I park close by: Yes, find a space to park high up on the beach.

Are toilets available: No

Is there phone reception: Sometimes if you have Telstra but very slow if available

Have you read our Ultimate Guide to Fraser Island. 

Adele wading through the waters of Eli Creek
Ever popular Eli Creek

Eli Creek

Eli Creek is an inland fresh water creek which flows an amazing 4 million litres of crystal clear sand filtered water into the ocean every hour!!

That’s a huge 96 million litres or pure fresh water every day!!

As one of the most popular and safe places to swim on the island, every day people float down Eli Creek on their favourite blow up mat or tube. You can also walk through the creek or just relax and enjoy lunch on the edge of the creek.

With so much water filtering out of Eli Creek into the ocean every day, driving past the beach in this section should always be done at low speed and with care.

There’s almost always a big washout and it changes daily.

How to get there: Eli Creek is just a few kms north of the township of Happy Valley.

Can I park close by: Yes, you can park backing on to the creek.

Are toilets available: Yes, walk over the bridge and follow the sign straight ahead.

Is there phone reception: No

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools

Champagne Pools

Another great place for a swim on Fraser Island is Champagne Pools. From the carpark it’s an easy boardwalk stroll to find these big naturally formed rock pools facing the ocean.

As waves crash over the rocks and fill the pools with ocean water it creates bubbles and froth similar to when you pour a glass of Champagne, hence it’s name.

The best time to swim here is low to mid tide. At high tide or during rough seas it might be dangerous with waves crashing over the rocks. Fish are known to enter the pools with the waves also.

Look between the rocks to find an array of beautiful coloured fish and other marinelife including crabs and shellfish.

How to get there: To find Champagne Pools head north up the beach to Indian Head and take the track behind Indian Head to the beautiful Bay on the other side. Drive up the beach to the next headland where you can park on the beach or drive up the track to the carpark next to the entrance. It is an easy stroll along the boardwalk to Champagne Pools.

Can I park close by: Yes, there are two carparks with an easy walking track to Champagne Pools

Are toilets available: Yes, at the main carpark.

Is there phone reception: No

Indefinite Leave on Fraser Island
Parked on the Beach with Indian Head in the background

Indian Head

Indian Head is a rocky headland on Fraser Islands Eastern beach. It is located at the end of 75 mile beach and is the most Easterly point of the island.

The top of Indian Head provides spectacular views and it is common to spot Humpback Whales, Sharks, Rays, Turtles and more in the surrounding crystal clear blue waters.

Fishing is banned either side of Indian Head during August and September each year however for the rest of the year it is a great location to wet a line.

How to get there: Head north from the Maheno Wreck for approx 20 mins.

Can I park close by: Yes, you can park either side of Indian Head or at the base of the walk up.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

For more on Fraser Island, be sure to read: Camping on Fraser and Moreton Island How we ended up on an Island in Lockdown

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - The Cathedrals
Coloured sand cliffs – The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals are coloured sand cliffs created over thousands of years by wind and rain blown in from the Pacific Ocean.

Their structure and appearance resemble that of church cathedrals and hence this is how they got their name.

Located a few kms north of the Maheno Wreck they are worth stopping to view and learn more about.

How to get there: The Cathedrals are a short drive past the Maheno Wreck along 75 Mile Beach.

Can I park close by: Yes, park on the beach in front. Please do not climb on the Cathedrals or any dunes.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Beautiful coloured sands of The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

Take a walk along the track into the Pinnacles to discover the incredible coloured sands of one of Fraser Island’s most historically enchanted locations.

Dreamtime stories of the local Indigenous people tell of the fight for the heart of a local woman who fell in love with a Rainbow Serpent and it ultimately led to the many different colours of the sand.

Early morning as the sun’s rays glisten on the coloured cliffs is the best time to view The Pinnacles.

How to get there: The Pinnacles are along 75 Mile Beach just north of the Maheno Wreck.

Can I park close by: Yes, park on the beach at the start of the track in to the Pinnacles.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Evertything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Sandy Cape
Aerial view of Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape

The Sandy Cape is the northern most tip of Fraser Island. A truly stunning part of the island with large sand blows, clear turquoise water and the rough wild seas where the oceans meet at the tip.

The spit at Sandy Cape continues for another 30kms beyond the tip of the beach.

Camping at the tip is fantastic as you’re often the only ones there however there are no facilities and amenities.

During season Loggerhead and Green turtles nest along the beaches in this northern part of the island and therefore driving at night is not permitted.

How to get there: Follow the ocean beach as far as you can go. You will need to navigate Indian Head, Waddy Point and Ngkala Rocks. Plan the drive around tides and give yourself plenty of time.

Can I park close by: Very few people at the Cape, find a sensible spot and enjoy.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Places to stay in Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay: Rainbow Beach Holiday Village Hervey Bay 48hr Rest Stop The Pier Caravan Park Urangan

The Cape Lighthouse
Cape Lighthouse
Photo by Malcolm Griffin at Travel Australia Art Gallery

Cape Lighthouse

Due to the amount of shipwrecks around Sandy Cape a lighthouse was built in 1870. The now Heritage listed Sandy Cape Light is the tallest Lighthouse in Queensland.

To visit the lighthouse drive north from Orchid Beach, past Ngkala Rocks and to the northern tip of the island. Follow the beach around to the western or calm side and drive down the beach for 6kms.

Park your 4wd and take the walk to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse also marks the furthest you can drive down the western side of Fraser Island from the northern tip. The beach south of the Lighthouse is closed to vehicles.

How to get there: Drive to the northern tip at Sandy Cape and follow the beach around to the calm or western side. Drive for 6kms down the beach until you see the sign.

Can I park close by: Once you park at the beach it’s a soft sandy walk for a couple of kms to the Lighthouse.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking down on 75 Mile Beach
Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach

75 Mile Beach

The Ocean beach on Fraser Island stretches approximately 123kms. Prior to Australia changing to the metric system in 1970, this equated roughly to 75 miles and this is how it got its name.

The Beach is one of Australia’s most stunning scenic drives and is a recognised National Highway.

This means all road rules apply including driving to the speed limits, keeping to the left as we do in Australia and drink driving (DUI) limits apply.

Driving along the beach you may witness breaching Humpback Whales, Dingoes, Snakes, many fantastic tourist spots on the island and other island visitors and their vehicles. You will also see airplanes who have designated runways along the beach.

Beach conditions change every day and it is vital to look out for washouts, soft sand and pedestrians. It is ideal to plan your driving around 2-3 hours either side of low tide for easier driving and better fuel economy.

Never drive on the sand dunes.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Lake Wabby
At the water’s edge of Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby is located approximately half way between the township of Eurong and Poyungan Rocks.

Pull up into the carpark on the beach and take the 4.5 km return walk over Hammerstone Sandblow and down the steep dune into Lake Wabby.

This sandblow is slowly filling Lake Wabby and in course will completely engulf the entire Lake.

Trekking over Hammerstone Sandblow to Lake Wabby
Hammerstone Sandblow

Hammerstone Sandblow

The Hammerstone Sandblow is just one of 36 Sandblows on Fraser Island.

Lake Wabby is a freshwater lake which looks Lime Green in colour and is a gorgeous spot to cool off after the walk here.

You can also continue your walk to the Lake Wabby lookout which is a 7.5km return trip from the beach entrance.

How to get there: The entrance to Lake Wabby is approx 5 kms north of Eurong along the ocean beach. You can also access it from the Cornwell Track Rd.

Can I park close by: Park on the beach and it is a reasonably easy 2km plus walk in to Lake Wabby.

Are toilets available: Yes at the beach entrance to Lake Wabby.

Is there phone reception: No

Ngkala Rocks

Ngkala Rocks is a headland and outcrop of rocks north of Orchid Beach. Known for it’s 4wd challenge in crossing the soft sand track to bypass the rocks or crossing up and over the rocks at the front.

The right tyre pressure for the conditions, ideally good ground clearance and some recovery gear will see you through however there’s always someone bogged on the track and long delays are often the case when trying to get over Ngkala Rocks.

It’s all part of the fun on Fraser Island.

How to get there: Drive north of Orchid Beach for 5-10 mins until you reach the rocky outcrop.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Memorabilia of the S.S. Maheno on display at the Happy Valley Retrest
Happy Valley Retreat

Townships and Resorts on Fraser Island

There are a few small townships around the island where you can find food, coffee, bait and fuel to purchase during your stay.

The shops also have a lot of great photos and memorabilia about the island. Happy Valley Retreat includes models of the original S.S. Maheno and a number of large photos and information boards about the wreck and the island in general.

How to get there: Eurong, Happy Valley, The Cathedrals and Orchid Beach are all on the ocean side of the island and Kingfisher Bay Resort is located on the Western side.

Can I park close by: Yes, each township has plenty of parking.

Are toilets available: There are public toilets at Eurong, Happy Valley and The Cathedrals. Orchid Beach does not have public toilets. Public toilets are nearby at Waddy Point.

Is there phone reception: All the townships have Telstra coverage and some coverage with other networks.

Watch our video at the 7.15 minute mark to see when I got lucky and captured the experience of a Super Hornet flying over.

Super Hornets

Planes flying above Fraser Island is very common but it’s the Super Hornet Jets that really grab your attention. They are super fast, super loud and are above you and gone before you have time to grab a camera.

Throughout the year but especially in September they fly from Townsville to Amberley in Brisbane. In September they do practice runs for their annual flyover during the Brisbane Riverfire spectacular.

They fly very low over Fraser Island making the experience of speed and sound one you won’t miss.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Air Fraser Scenic Flight
Fraser Island Scenic Flight

Scenic Flights – Air Fraser

Air Fraser operates 15 minute scenic flights from different locations around the island. What they take you to see will depend on where you take the flight from.

They use the beach as a runway to take off and land. This makes for a unique experience when a plane flies over you just metres above your vehicle. You can park and watch them take off and land on the beach.

Be aware of your surroundings and any planes that may be landing or taking off and give them the appropriate space to fly safely.

We did a flight over Lake Wabby, Lake McKenzie and Central Station.

Cost is usually around $80 per person.

Find out everything there is to see and do from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

Watching the Humpback Whales migrate past Fraser Island
Humpback Whales

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island with Animals

Fraser Island is home to a large array of wildlife and marine animals. All the animals are wild and should be treated with caution and never be fed.

Keep a safe distance from all the animals and appreciate them from a distance.

Marine Life

Dolphins, Sting Rays and Sharks are common in the waters around Fraser Island. They come up close to the beach at times and can easily be seen around the island. You can often spot them from atop Indian Head.

Humpback Whales during their season of June to November migrate north before returning south again are easily spotted as they play and breach in the waters off Fraser Island.

Day tours from Hervey Bay are available to go sight seeing and see the beautiful Humpback Whales up close.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Sea Snake on the beach
Sea Snake

Snakes

Sea snakes are another common aquatic animal often spotted around Fraser Island, sometimes washed up on the shores. These should never be approached as whilst they are a passive snake they are also highly venomous.

There are 18 species of snakes around the island and they are especially active in summer. One-third of Fraser Island’s snakes are venomous including the Eastern Brown and Coastal Taipan.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island
Dingoes, Mum Dad and Pup

Dingoes

There are quite a number of dingoes roaming Fraser Island and a visit is sure to see you come across one on the beach or across the many inland tracks.

Dingoes are very cunning and incredibly opportunistic and will watch you for hours in an attempt to steal food from you.

It is vital not to leave any food where they can access it.

The Fraser Island dingo is the purest breed of dingo in Australia. They are naturally lean and walk up to 45kms per day across the soft sands of Fraser Island.

Birds

The birds around the island are majestic. Large Eagles and Osprey soar above the ocean beaches. Watch as they swoop on stunned fish after being released back in the water by fisherman.

Australia’s native and iconic Kookaburra are another feature to the island. We witnessed them whilst we had lunch at Lake McKenzie.

The Australian Pied Oystercatcher is common to see along the beaches. It is easily recognisable for it’s red beak and is often searching for worms and crabs in the sand.

Other birds rest along the beaches after long flights from distant countries. Resting and building energy reserves for their long flight back is important so they are best left undisturbed.

Lizards

Monitor Lizards roam the bushes, shrubs and lakes and aren’t to be messed with. They have large sharp claws used for digging and capturing their prey.

They are fascinating to watch but don’t get in their way or try to handle one.

Like all animals on the island, view from a safe distance.

Awesome Sunrises on Fraser Island
Fraser Island Sunrise

Sunrises

Early mornings on Fraser Island are well worth it to witness the dawn of a new day. As the dark turns to day the Sunrises over the ocean beach are nothing short of spectacular.

Head to the beach with your camera and enjoy the stunning views each morning.

Don’t miss reading our Ultimate Guide to Fraser Island for all the information about visiting.

There is so much more to Fraser Island if you have a few weeks to explore this magical location. Everything to see and do on Fraser Island is simply amazing!

The Great Barrier Reef begins just a few short kms north of Fraser Island.

We truly love Fraser Island, it is one of the most extraordinary places on our planet.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Inskip Point Camping, Inskip Point Qld

Inskip Point Feature

One of the best things about camping at Inskip Point is the location.

You are only a 10 minute ferry ride away from stunning Fraser Island and it is just over 8 kms to beautiful Rainbow Beach which makes Inskip Point Camping very popular.

It is an ideal stopover if you are heading over or stopping off on your way back from Fraser Island as well as a great spot to just chill out while you camp beside the beach and do some fishing.

Inskip Point

If you want an early start on the Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge, Inskip Point is the departure point and therefore the perfect place to camp overnight so you can get up bright and early in the morning to catch the first barge.

Inskip Point Camping Grounds & Facilities

There are 7 different camping grounds to choose from when camping at Inskip Point:

  • Sarawak West Camping Area
  • M.V. Sarawak Camping Area
  • M.V. Beagle Camping Area
  • M.V. Natone Camping Area
  • S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area
  • Dorrigo South Camping
  • Pelican Bay Camping Area

Sarawak West Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Some sites within close proximity to the beach

M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground Inskip Point

M.V. Sarawak Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Beautiful beach only metres away

Inskip

M.V. Beagle Camping Area

Access:   4WD is strongly recommended. 2WD is very limited even in good conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Three Hybrid Toilet Blocks. One with a ramp for Wheelchair access

Sites:  Small Camping area behind the foredunes. No defined campsites. Limited sites suitable for large caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Camping area is right on the beach

M.V. Natone Camping Area

Access:   4WD access only. 4th Camping area from the entrance to the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  Open camping area. No defined sites. Not suitable for camper trailers, caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Short Walk from Camping Area

On the beach at Double Island Point
On the beach at Double Island Point

S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Easy access at the entrance to the campground to get 4WD on and off the beach

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Sites closer to the road are more sheltered from the ocean winds

Views: Amazing views from some sites

Beach: Walking distance to the beach or you can camp close to the beach but tracks are sandy

Coloured Sands from Double Island Point
Spectacular views of the coloured sands from Double Island Point

Dorrigo South Camping

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  No vehicle access to/from the beach within the Dorrigo South Campground

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Best suited to smaller vans. Restricted access for caravans, buses and camper trailers.

Views: Views of Double Island Point from some sites. Camping closer to road provides a little  more shelter from wind

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach or to Pelican Bay which is more sheltered

Pelican Bay Camping Area

Access:   Definitely 4WD access only

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Right on the water’s edge and soft in parts

Toilets:   No toilets or bins. You also need to take your rubbish with you. Use toilets in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area approx 500 metres away on Inskip Point Road. No bush toileting – digging pit toilets is not permitted

Sites:  Only 5 campsites

Views: Pelican Bay Camping Area has estuary views

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach

M.V, Sarawak Inskip Point Camping
M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground

General Campground Information

There are a number of sites suitable for caravans, campervans and camper trailers . Camping in tents is permitted in all areas. Some camping grounds are strictly 4WD only and only minimal areas that are accessible by 2WD.

All sites are unpowered and many areas are shaded. There are plenty of bins provided, let’s all ensure we use them.

Toilets are available in most camping areas, not all. Contents of portable toilets must not be emptied in the Camping areas. There is a Dump Point Facility on Clarkson Drive in nearby Rainbow Beach.

Drinking Water is not available so bring plenty of water with you.

Water can obtained at Clarkson Drive within Rainbow Beach just a few metres along from the Dump Point so be sure to bring along portable refillable containers to top up your supply if needed.

Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point
Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point Camping Ground

The maximum stay at Inskip Point camping grounds is 30 days.

Generators up to 2.0Kva are allowed only until 9pm at which time they must be turned off. All noise must be kept to a minimum after 9pm.

Chainsaws cannot be used in the Inskip Point Camping areas.

Mobile Phone coverage is limited and unreliable. At times you may get a slightly stronger signal from the beach.

Midges and Sandflies can be bad camping at Inskip Point so ensure you take plenty of insect repellent and relief.

Contact Details for Inskip Point Camping

Phone: 13 74 68
Website
Email: info@des.qld.gov.au
Address: Inskip Point Road, Inskip Point Queensland

Inskip Point Camping
Great to have a view of Fraser Island even if the weather wasn’t great

How to get to the Camping Grounds

From the Bruce Highway/A1 turn right onto Brisbane Road/State Route 15 and continue for 3.4kms before turning right onto Cootharaba Road/State Route 15.

After 42kms, turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road and follow it along for 30km.

Then turn left onto Clarkson Drive. In 1.8kms, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit to stay on Inskip Avenue.

Finally, turn right into Inskip Point Road and all camping grounds are on the right hand side off Inskip Point Road with the exception of Pelican Bay.

To access Pelican Bay Camping Area, continue straight on Inskip Avenue and do not turn right into Inskip Point Road.

Inskip Point
Bark chips on the track into M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground when we camped in Feb 2016

Inskip Point Camping Permit

A camping permit is required and must be obtained before arrival at the campgrounds.

You do not require a Vehicle Access permit when camping in any of the Inskip Point Camping areas.

A Vehicle Access Permit is however required to drive on the beach both at Fraser Island and in the Cooloola Recreation Area. There are separate permits for each or a combined one for both.

How to Book a Camping Site

Individual camping sites cannot be booked and it is on a ‘first in’ basis. There are no defined camping sites.

To book a site at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds, you can book on-line; over the counter at a booking office; at a self-service kiosk or by calling 13 74 68.

A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed clearly at your campsite at all times.

Inskip Point Camping Site
Camped up for the night at M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground in our motorhome

Inskip Point Camping Map

Download a copy of the Inskip Point Camping Map outlining the campgrounds in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/164285/inskip-peninsula-map.pdf

Inskip Point Camping Fees

Currently as of 1 July 2020, the cost for camping fees is $6.75 per person per night and families are $27.00 per night.

A Family can consist of up to 8 people in total made up of either 1 or 2 Adults and children under the age of 18. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

Macks at Inskip Point

Is Inskip Point Camping Dog Friendly?

It is dog friendly in the Inskip Point Camping Areas however dogs must be kept under control and on a leash at all times. Please ensure you also wrap and place dog droppings in the bins provided.

You are not permitted to have dogs in your vehicle while driving along the beach and on beach access tracks at Double Island Point, Teewah Beach and Freshwater Road.

You are allowed to travel with dogs to or from Inskip Point however this must be via the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach sealed roads.

Other domestic animals including birds are prohibited while camping at Inskip Point.

Macks Inskip Point

Are Campfires permitted in the Campgrounds

Open campfires are permitted in the Inskip Point Camping grounds except when fire bans are in place.

Please use an existing campfire site and ensure campfires are fully extinguished with water.

Do not place sand over a campfire as the area will remain extremely hot for a long time and can cause very serious burns or injury if walked on.

All clean untreated firewood, kindling and fire lighters must be brought in. Bush timber is not to be brought in as it may contain pests that could be carrying diseases which can kill native plants.

It is illegal to collect and burn leaves, twigs and wood from the recreational reserve and penalties do apply.

Inskip Point

Inskip Point Tides

The tides are very important when visiting Inskip Point especially if you intend to head over to Fraser Island.

Driving on any beach is best at low tide or 2 hrs either side of low tide.

Inskip Point Weather

As Inskip Point is right on the peninsula, it can be quite windy. To escape the windy Inskip Point weather you may need to camp back from the beach behind the dunes or in areas of the campgrounds closer to the road.

There are a number of weather apps to check on the upcoming weather if you are planning to camp at Inskip Point with Willy Weather and BOM just to name a couple.

Inskip Point Sinkhole Warning Sign

Inskip Point Sinkhole

In late September 2015, just a few months before our stay at Inskip Point in early February 2016, a huge 150 metre x 50 metre wide, 3 metre deep sinkhole opened up at the M.V. Beagle campground.

At around 10.30pm the sinkhole slowly began opening up. Close to midnight, approximately 140 people had to be evacuated from the campground.

It resulted in a Caravan, a car, tents and camping equipment being swallowed by the sinkhole.

In March 2016, there was a second landslip. Again 3 years later in September 2018, another large portion of the beach collapsed into the ocean.

The three sinkholes have all been in the same area.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Inskip Point

What else is there to do in the area?

Inskip Point Fishing

For most people, Inskip Point Camping includes spending time fishing. With the beach and estuary right at your doorstep, it is the ideal place to catch Bream, Flathead, Tailor and Whiting.

Plus, you have Fraser Island only a 10 minute barge ride away and the fishing on Fraser is sensational.

Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

Visit Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world

Fraser Island is one place your absolutely cannot miss visiting!!

As it is the world’s largest sand island, the only way to access this stunning piece of paradise is by 4WD.

If you don’t have a 4WD, you can hire one or take a day tour over to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach or there are also 2 day camping or 2 day resort tours.

There is so much to see and do on the island but Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek, the S.S. Maheno and Champagne Pools are everyone’s favourite ‘must sees’.

For more information about Fraser Island, check out these other blogs:

Double Island Point
Double Island Point Rainbow Beach

Drive along Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point

Take a drive along the Beach past the spectacular coloured sands to Double Island Point. The colours in the sandy cliffs are amazing.

You will need to purchase a permit to drive on the beach and you definitely need to check the tide times carefully as the beach is only accessible at low tide.

Purchase your Cooloola Recreation Vehicle Access Permit online.

Check out Carlo Sand Blow

The magnificent Carlo Sand Blow is one of the popular attractions at Rainbow Beach.

Carlo Sand Blow has a ‘moonscape’ appearance and is massive with the sand covering 15 hectares. It is named after Carlo, one of Captain Cook’s crew.

Take a walk throught the rainforest to the top of the Sand Blow and take in the stunning views over Rainbow Beach including the coloured sands, Double Island Point, Inskip Point and Fraser Island.

Tin Can Bay

Feed the Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

For the best chance of feeding wild dolphins, go to the Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Centre in Tin Can Bay.

Wild dolphins have been coming into this area for many, many years and it offers a great dolphin experience.

Volunteers provide information on the dolphins and arrange viewing times where small groups can each go into the water.

You have the not only the opportunity to see the dolphins up close but you can also feed a wild Australian Humpback Dolphin.

  • Don’t miss this one on one dolphin experience!

Read more: Feeding the Dolphins at Barnacles Café Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay Dolphins

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Inskip Point Camping

Rainbow Beach was our very first destination on our road trip adventure around Australia. Our second stop was Inskip Point where we camped in the M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground for one night on 4 February, 2016.

Back then, we only had our motorhome and it was the only Inskip Point Camping area we could access.

Have you camped at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds? Tell us about your experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Peter Faust Dam Camping, Proserpine Qld

Peter Faust Dam Camping Feature

The Proserpine Dam or the Peter Faust Dam as it is also commonly known offers a great camping ground right alongside the water’s edge of Lake Proserpine.

The dam is 20kms west of the town of Proserpine in North Queensland. The Peter Faust Dam is only a 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach in the magnificent Whitsundays.

Peter Faust Dam Proserpine

Lake Proserpine Camping area at the Peter Faust Dam is owned and operated by the Whitsunday Regional Council.

It is fabulous to see a proactive council providing camping facilities for RV travellers and encouraging people to visit and spend money in their town by offering free or low cost camping grounds.

Not only is there the Peter Faust Dam Free Camping area, there is also a free RV Park right in the heart of Proserpine as well.

There is also a master plan to continue to upgrade the facilities with the inclusion of Peter Faust Dam cabins, walking tracks and more. Check out the future plans for the Peter Faust Dam here.

Camping at Peter Faust Dam
Sunset overlooking the dam

Peter Faust Dam Free Camping Facilities

The Peter Faust Dam Camping area is an awesome place to camp. The views of the lake are stunning especially at sunset.

It is accessible for all types of vehicles and available for all styles of camping – tents, motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, roof top tents and big rigs.

There’s heaps of wide open space but it can get windy at times so keep an eye on the wind as to whether you leave your awning out.

Peter Faust Dam Camping

Amenities have recently been upgraded and the toilets and showers are kept very clean and reportedly better than some caravan parks.

There are plenty of bins for campers to place their rubbish so please keep this awesome campground neat and tidy.

Although there is no Dump Point at Proserpine Dam, there is one at the RV Park in Proserpine.

Fires are permitted at the Peter Faust free campground and there are a number of fire pits scattered around the camping area. We have our own foldaway fire pit but we just shared a campfire with our neighbours each night.

Peter Faust Dam Campfire

Generators are allowed while camping here at Proserpine Dam.

The maximum stay allowed is 72 hours.

They are currently proposing to have a caretaker on-site which may also impose a low cost camping fee but it would still not change the fact that it is a magnificent spot to camp.

Peter Faust Dam Wall

There is no phone reception with any network at the Campground however you can get coverage by taking a walk or short drive around the corner up next to the dam wall.

We enjoyed 2 nights free camping at the Peter Faust Dam but didn’t stay a third night and it was mainly due to there being no phone coverage at all in the campground that stopped us from staying one more night.

The cost to stay is Free

Our stay was 18 & 19 October, 2020.

Read more: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

Are pets allowed at Peter Faust Dam Camping Ground?

Yes, pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Dog bags are even provided at the campground which is a bonus.

There are roaming cows and a number of geese some of which can get bit feisty so best to keep your pets close by.

Cows roam freely at Peter Faust Dam Camping area

Contact Details for the Peter Faust Dam Campground

Phone: 1300 972 753
Website:
Facebook:
Address: Crystal Brook Road, Lake Proserpine Queensland
Email: info@whitusndaysrc.qld.gov.au

Peter Faust Dam Camping

How to get to the Peter Faust Dam Free Camping Area

From the Bruce Highway go through the Main Street of  Proserpine and continue straight on Faust Street.

Turn right and follow Crystalbrook Road past Camp Kanga. The road then becomes Station Road. Wind around past the Picnic Area and Boat Ramp.

You will find the Peter Faust Free Camping Area a couple of hundred metres further along with the gateway on the right taking you down to the lakeside.

Accessing the Peter Faust Dam Camping area

Are there crocodiles in the Peter Faust Dam?

Just around the time of our stay at the Peter Faust Dam Free Camp, a fisherman captured a 1.7m estaurine crocodile while fishing at night in his boat at the Proserpine Dam.

After restraining the croc, the man took it home but later contacted the Department of Environment and Science who retrieved the crocodile and then placed it in a zoo.

There have been other reports of crocodiles and people are urged to report any sightings. Always be Crocwise, understand the potential extremely serious risk posed by crocs and strictly adhere to warning signs.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.
View from the Dam Wall

Things to see and do while free camping at the Peter Faust Dam

Fresh Water Fishing

Lake Proserpine is awesome for fishing. Each year the dam is re-stocked with Barramundi fingerlings. Reportedly the lake at the Peter Faust Dam is home to 1 metre+ Barramundi which is great if you are a keen fisherman or fisherwoman.

Besides the Peter Faust Dam being great for barra fishing, the lake is also home to Sooty Grunter and Saratoga.

On-shore fishing is not permitted on or near the dam. This is due to Sunwater regulations.

Anyone over the age of 18 will need a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish at Lake Proserpine. For more information and to obtain a Peter Faust Dam Fishing Permit, go to the Queensland Government website – https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/dams

Disability Access
Boardwalk for direct access to Lake Proserpine also provides access for people with disabilities

Peter Faust Dam Red Claw

Red Claw and fresh water crayfish can be found at the Peter Faust Dam also, however we did not see many being caught during our stay.

Definitely none around the lake edge but others with a boat were a little more successful as they were able to drop their pots in on the other side of the dam.

Boating on Peter Faust Dam

Boating on Peter Faust Dam

Access to Lake Proserpine is great for boaties as there are 3 pontoons, a jetty and a boat ramp. Water craft up to 8 metres are able to access the lake via the Peter Faust Dam Boat Ramp near  the picnic area.

The lake is a popular spot for water sports as well. You will often see people with jet skies, canoes and kayaks out on the water.

Boat Ramp and Pontoon
Boat Ramp, Boating Car Park and Pontoon
Crocodile Safari Proserpine

Crocodile Safari Proserpine

On our first visit up through the Whitsundays, we took a trip on the wild side and went on the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari in Proserpine. This exceptional tour gave us a very up close look at crocodiles in the wild.

The Proserpine River is rated as having the best chance of spotting a salt water crocodile in Queensland. It is spot on, we saw plenty in and out of the water, ranging in different sizes and age.

This was a fabulous introduction into crocodiles which proved invaluable to us.

For us, it was great to learn so much about crocs in the early stages of our travels around Australia. An excellent tour where you are absolutely sure to have an up close encounter, the crocs are prolific in this area.

Crocodile Safari Proserpine

Check out Colour Me Crazy, Proserpine

If you love all things colourful, be sure to check out Colour Me Crazy in Proserpine.

This fabulous and unusual little shop is located down Dobbins Lane in Main Street, Proserpine. You’are sure to find something colourful for your motorhome or caravan.

Plus, pick up some great gifts for family and friends.

Colour Me Crazy

Visit nearby Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls are just 20kms out from Proserpine. Set in a beautiful tropical rainforest, a visit to the falls is well worth it. Naturally the best time to visit Cedar Creek Falls is during the wet season months of December through to April.

The falls are spectacular after any rainfall.

Even in dry season, water cascades into the beautiful natural lagoon below. This natural fresh water lagoon is a great and safe spot for swimming especially in the hotter months.

Unfortunately when we visited it was exceptionally dry and there was no water falling at all. It is an easy walk in from the carpark and was still great to see the natural rock amphitheatre and spot some turtles.

Cedar Creek Falls

Other great blogs you may enjoy reading:

Pin – Peter Faust Dam Camping

Other great free or low cost places to stay in the region:

Peter Faust Dam Camping
Magnificent views overlooking Lake Proserpine from the Peter Faust Dam Camping Area

Proserpine makes a great base to explore nearby Airlie Beach.

Have you enjoyed the magnificent views and tranquil surrounds of Lake Proserpine and free camped at the Peter Faust Dam?

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park Qld

Notch Point Free Camping Feature

Wow, the Notch Point Free Camping at Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is absolutely top notch!!

This magical little piece of paradise is located 270kms north of Rockhampton and just over 84kms south of Mackay.

Notch Point

Yarrawonga Park, not to be confused with Yarrawonga on the Murray River in Victoria and Notch Point Reserve is not to be confused with Notch Point Campground on Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia.

Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is located alongside a cattle property and cattle roam freely throughout the camping ground.

It’s not every day you are able to free camp with the most amazing absolute beachfront views.

The Notch Point Free Camping area is one of the best free camping grounds in Queensland and even Australia.

Check out our: 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping Facilities

Although there are no facilities at the Notch Point Free Camping ground, it is an ideal place to get away from it all and unwind.

There are no toilets or showers so bring a portable toilet if you are in a tent. Apparently, there are showers at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse.

Please take all of your rubbish with you as there are no bins. Bring an adequate supply of water for both drinking and general use. Water bladders are excellent and so are the collapsible water containers like we use to help store water and make for easy access.

Due to the road in to Notch Point this awesome free camping ground is best accessed by 4WD therefore it is mainly suitable for camping in tents, Camper trailers and possibly Caravans.

We did however see a Campervan there so it is possible in 2WD but watch our video for what to look out for.

Notch Point

According to WikiCamps, open campfires are prohibited. We did see some fire pits however please follow the any rules and ensure any campfires are properly extinguished.

When we visited Notch Point for the afternoon we had phone coverage with our Samsung Phones. We were able to receive two bars with Telstra and also we had 1 bar with Vodafone.

Happy Hour at Notch Point

There is a Dump Point at Sarina in the car park of the Visitor’s Information Centre which is next to The Sugar Shed.

Midges can be troublesome at times at the Notch Point Free Camping ground so be sure to take plenty of insect repellent and relief for any bites.

Read more: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

A drone view of the Notch Point Campground
A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park

Closest Fuel, Food and Bait

As there are no facilities at Notch Point Free Camp you will need to stock up on everything including water before you head into free camp especially if you are planning to stay the full 7 days.

The closest fuel, food and bait is available at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse back on the highway at Ilbilbie.

Can you take dogs to Notch Point?

Dogs are allowed when free camping at Notch Point Reserve in the Yarrawonga Park.

There are cattle roaming freely and there was this sign so probably best to keep your dog under control at all times.

Best to make sure your dogs remain safe and don’t wander on to the surrounding private property.

Notch Point

Beware of the cattle wandering through the camping ground with regards to your food as we witnessed a cheeky cow stealing a loaf of bread while the owners were away from their camp.

Ensure you do not leave any food out overnight or while your site is unattended.

We tried to stop the cow from stealing the food but it wasn’t having a bar of my attempts to dissuade it and I wasn’t going to argue with a big cow.

Cattle roam freely through the Notch Point Free Camping area

Access to the Notch Point Free Camping Ground

The road in from Ilbilbie is tight in some places and definitely requires a 4WD to access.

There is no way we would get our Motorhome in through some areas of the track which were filled with water, the soft sand in some other parts and finally a water crossing.

Also due to the narrow access, it is not suitable for big rigs. Some larger caravans will struggle with the some narrow sections.

Most caravans make it through to Notch Point but be aware the narrow tracks and overhanging branches may scratch the sides of your van.

Sadly for us, it is definitely not suitable for Motorhomes so we will look to take a tent and portable toilet so we can actually stay next time we come through the Central Queensland region.

Fortunately, we were able to check out Notch Point in the Triton while Darwinny stayed back at the Riverside RV Camping at Ilbilbie. This is why we travel in two vehicles – the Motorhome and the Triton.

View our video below for more information on how we travel with both vehicles:

There is a gate that you need to open to enter Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park but the gate must be immediately closed behind you as cattle freely roam the property.

In wet conditions the tracks can be slippery and hazardous.

Also there are some sections of the track that fill with water and a water crossing just before reaching the campground. Therefore access to the Notch Point Free Camp is best at low tide.

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping – Booking Requirements

There is no need to book a site when free camping at Notch Point.

You’ll find no shortage of places to camp where you can enjoy absolute beachfront views with swaying palms and coconuts making it feel like you are on a tropical island.

To access the beachfront area in a caravan, head around to the left as you get to the hill. Do not go up and over the hill with a van, Adele found it scary just in the 4WD.

The maximum stay at Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park is 7 nights in any 21 day period.

The cost to stay is Free

We didn’t stay but the video was taken on 16th October 2020

Notch Point Free Camping

Contact Details for Notch Point Reserve

Phone: 1300 472 227
Website:
Email:
records@isaac.qld.gov.au 
Address: Notch Point Road, Notch Point

A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping ground

Directions to Notch Point Free Camping Area

Depending on which way you are travelling on the Bruce Highway/A1, turn right onto Greenhill Road if you are heading north or should you be heading south, turn left onto Greenhill Road.

After 4.4km turn right onto Notch Point Road. Continue along Notch Point Road for 7.7km past the Australian Prawn Farms before turning right at the sign.

Follow the dirt road and tracks. You will come to a gate, please close the gate behind you. Continue on the track through to the Notch Point Free Camping ground.

Check out our video on getting in to Notch Point:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.

Notch Point Fishing

Notch Point is considered one of the best fishing spots on the coast in the Central Queensland region.  

You can fish off the beach, in the estuary as well as head out to the reef in a boat. It’s a good spot for Mackeral, Queenies, Trevally if you have a boat or flathead, whiting and crabs from the shore as well as live bait.

Notch Point Crocodile Warning Signs

Are there crocodiles at Notch Point?

There are several Crocodile Warning Signs around the Notch Point Free Camping area. A memorial has been set up under a tree for a 69 year old man who went missing on 16 December 2014.

It is feared to have been a crocodile attack after the man’s boat was found abandoned on the shore.

The boat trailer attached to the man’s vehicle with the engine running were also found at the boat ramp. Very sadly, the man has not been seen since launching his boat.

Please be aware of crocodiles, stingers and sharks in this area.

Notch Point Memorial
Notch Point Memorial

Things to see and do in the Notch Point Reserve Area

Cape Palmerston National Park

Cape Palmerston National Park is around an hour’s drive south of Mackay.

Like Notch Point, access to Cape Palmerston National Park is best by 4wd.

Cape Palmerston features rocky headlands, beautiful bushland and beaches that adjoin the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Mount Funnel, at 344 metres, is also a distinctive feature to the Cape Palmerston National Park.

The views of the ocean are magnificent, the on-shore and off-shore fishing is great and there are a number of bush walking tracks.

Camping at Cape Palmerston National Park

A permit is required to camp in the Cape Palmerston National Park and camping fees apply.

As at 1 July 2020, camping fees are $6.75 per person per night or $27.00 per night for a family of 2 Adults and up to 8 children under 18yrs. Children under 5 are free.

You will need to book a camping site and arrange your camping permit before you arrive.

Bookings can be made on-line via the Queensland Parks website; at a self-service kiosk or over the counter at a booking office. Alternatively, you can phone 13 74 68.

Sarina Sugar Shed
Adele practicing her cane cutting at the Sarina Sugar Shed 🙂

Sarina Sugar Shed

A tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed suits all ages.  You will learn about the growing, harvesting and the process of crushing the sugar cane which is very interesting.

The tour goes for approx 1 hour and you will also have an opportunity to taste sugar in a number of different forms as well as sample some sweet treats.

Even the big kids like ourselves were delighted to sample the free fairy floss at the end of the tour.

The Sugar Shed is open 7 days from 9am – 4pm except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and there are 4 tours each day starting at 9.30am with the last tour commencing at 2pm.

Read more: Mackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do

Sarina Sugar Shed
Big Cane Toad in Sarina

The Big Cane Toad

Sarina is approx 48kms north of Notch Point and is home to The Big Cane Toad. The locals have called it Buffy due to Bufo Marinus being the scientific name for a cane toad.

Originally, The Big Cane Toad was made out of paper mache in 1983 for a float in a sugar festival. It was later cast in fibre glass and is now a feature in the main street of Sarina.

It’s one of the many big things that we have discovered on our travels around Australia.

Check out more: Big Things of Australia

Carmila Beach Camping
Camping at Carmila Beach

Carmila Beach

Just a half an hour’s drive south of Notch Point is Carmila Beach which has another great absolute beachfront camping ground.

Carmila Beach is another unspoiled piece of paradise but does have toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.

You can camp at Carmila Beach for up to maximum of 14 nights. Simply book using the Park Mobile website or App or call Isaac Council on 1300 472 227.

Read more about: Carmila Beach Campground

Also check out our video on how we almost bogged the Motorhome at Carmila Beach:

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Pin – Notch Point Free Camping!

Pin - Notch Point Free Camping

Other great places to stay in the region:

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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