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Published September 30th 2011
Just to the north of the Sunshine Coast lies the World Heritage Great Sandy National Park, famous not only for Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the world), but also for mainland, dingo free, camping.
Poverty Point on the Tin Can Inlet is one such campsite. Being separated from other camping recreation areas it is quite possible to find no one else there, with a private beach on your tent's doorstep.
A four wheel drive vehicle is necessary to reach the camp site. Access is via an 8Km soft, sandy road which turns off the Rainbow Beach road from Gympie. Suncreen is a must all year round and insect spray is advisable at dawn and dusk to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Being an estuarine area tides are very noticeable, with high tides fantastic for swimming and fishing and low tides great for yabbie pumping for bait and shell collecting. With all this laid on, it's easy for parents to sit back and enjoy watching their kids entertain themselves without any crutches from modern technology. The area is also popular for kayaking and kayak fishing, but with no kayak hire it is necessary for campers to bring their own.
Bookings can be made through the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) website, with advance bookings recommended for peak times such as the Christmas and Easter holidays.