Campers flowing in for Easter
THE search for dry ground in a flood-affected state may have contributed to a shortage of Easter camping spots, including the Cooloola Coast and Fraser Island.
Sustainability Minister Kate Jones has urged would-be coast campers to book their spot now, with some camp grounds on Fraser Island already full.
She said Cyclone Ului and flood rains meant some popular inland Queensland campgrounds and tracks would not be accessible for the long weekend, putting more pressure on the coastal campsites.
“Regional Queensland is experiencing a one-in-100-year flood event,” she said,
“While that’s good news for many drought-affected communities, it’s unfortunately rendered a number of (inland) parks off-limits.”
She warned campers that some parks on the coast were either affected by the weather or fully booked for Easter.
“On Fraser Island, Dundubara and Central Station are already solidly booked, but spaces are still available at Waddy Point,” she said.
According to the DERM website yesterday, Inskip Point had over 2000 campers booked for the first two days and with camper numbers limited to 3000, authorities were recommending campers book ahead or risk missing a spot.
Rainbow Beach business owner Ruth Modin said things were looking good for a bumper Easter at Rainbow Beach.
“The beach and the atmosphere are good, although Mother Nature was leaving a little bit of adventure on the beach.”
Mrs Modin was referring to the Mudlo Rocks which have been exposed by rough seas whipped up by Cyclone Ului.
Rainbow Beach lifeguard Lleam Rees said the rocks were only negotiable by 4WD at low tide and that involved getting the tyres wet, but said there was plenty of sand left on the rest of the beach and more sand was returning each day.
He urged everyone one to swim between the flags at Easter saying there was still some instability in the sand banks that could cause flash rips.
Rips like the one that took the life of a women at Inskip Point last month.
“If swimmers are unsure about surf conditions they should talk to the lifeguards on duty,” he said.
Mr Rees said there would be three extra lifeguards patrolling the Cooloola Coastline over the Easter holidays.
“As well as two lifeguards at Rainbow’s main beach, we will have two lifeguards on a mobile patrol at Double Island Point,” he said.
Campers and day visitors can monitor the weather, check current park conditions and closures at www.derm.qld.gov.au. Check the road conditions on at www.racq.com.au or by calling the RACQ road report hotline on 1300 130 595.