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Taking the high ground will tide campers over

Inskip point high tide
Inskip point high tide

CAMPERS at Inskip Point had better watch out or wake up on the wet side of the bed once a predicted king tide hits the Cooloola Coast.

A king tide of around 2.3m is expected at Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach tomorrow around 8.30am with a low of around 0.3m by around 3pm.

The sea rise will likely mean campers in low-lying places may have to temporarily pack up to a move out of the water's path.

Water flowed through camp sites including Inskip Point when the high tide hit around this time last year.

While the king tide gradually rises in the morning, parents should keep an eye on their children, bathers should be careful of deep gutters and beach drivers should be aware the tide would be coming up higher than they might expect.

It could lead to an unpleasant surprise for anyone stranded on the wrong side of Mudlo Rocks or caught in an area with limited or no beach.

Those on the Cooloola Coast have been asked to photograph the king tide as part of a nationwide initiative called the Witness King Tides project.

Co-ordinated by Green Cross Australia, the event encourages as many onlookers as possible to photograph the coastal event and contribute to their database.

The images will help the organisation visualise the potential impacts of future sea level rise and its effect on coastal areas.

Tide trackers can register at witnessking-tides.org

King Tide

  • According to the Department of Maritime Safety, the term king tide has no scientific definition - in popular usage it refers to any high tide well above average height. The popular concept is that the king tides are the higher high waters which occur around Christmas time.
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Topics:  camping, inskip point, king tide



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