Rain Beach, Inskip Point Camping & Caravan Parks
We recently spent a week camping at Inskip Point and while we were there, had a great time exploring the Rainbow Beach village. For a small place, it is jam-packed with a great range of shops and services, and there are loads of things to do to keep you entertained. We started off with a short walk in the Great Sandy National park which lead to the Carlo Blow, steep sand dunes which kept the kids entertained for hours as they slid down them.
(What also kept them entertained was Dad having a go and face planting into the sand!)
It was well worth the walk, however, especially for the spectacular views over Rainbow Beach and over to Double Island Point.
From the surf club, you can also enter the beach and take part in one of Rainbow’s favourite pastimes, 4WD’ing on the beach. Just beware of the rocks at Mudlow Point which has bought many a 4WD unstuck and turned them into submarines. There is a great photo wall in the local pub to check out and see those that didn’t make it. For those that don’t have their own 4WD, or don’t want to take their own over to Fraser Island.
Fraser Explorer Tours are a great alternative. They depart from Rainbow Beach and take the barge across to the island for a full day trip including lunch.
Things To Do
The safer option could always be a horse ride along the beach, which is run from the Horse Riding School just in town. The fishing comp held in July each year was on when we were there, although we were somewhat embarrassed by the two small fish we threw back. At Carlo point, there are places to hire boats, or you could see Tony from Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters. He has over 20 years’ experience fishing the local waters, so he knows where the fish are at. You can head to his Facebook page and see some of his recent catches. There is also a ferry service to Tin Can Bay.
Food-wise it had everything, including some great pies from the bakery, which hit the spot on a cold winter’s day. There are heaps of great cafes to choose from, as well as the Surf Club, Bowling Club and the Local Pub. We found a great butcher in town with a huge range of produce, and they will Cryovac your meat for you if traveling over to Fraser or beyond, as does the local fish shop, which has a wide range of locally caught fish. Down a small laneway, we discovered a well-stocked Fruit & Vegi shop. It has only recently opened and also has a deli and sandwich bar. The produce was fresh and well-priced.
The town also has many other essential services, including Post Office, Chemists, Laundromat, fuel outlets, camping stores, clothing and gift stores.
Places To Stay
Apart from the campsites out at Inskip, there are two caravan parks to choose from which offer a full range of facilities.
There is the Rainbow Waters Holiday Park at Carlo Point, or Rainbow Beach Holiday Village right in town. Both listed in our directory or out at Inskip Point.
The Oakes Camping Area – Inskip Point
S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area – Inskip Point
M.V. Natone Camping Area – Inskip Point
M.V. Beagle Camping Area – Inskip Point
M.V. Sarawak Camping Area – Inskip Point
Rainbow Beach Holiday Park
Rainbow Beach Village Holiday Park
All in all, definitely a great location for winter camping on the beach, and with a town that has all you need, so if you are staying, make sure you get out and support the locals.