North-south mix-up keeps us guessing
TO travel generally north on the beach from Double Island Point to Rainbow Beach, you initially have to head south.
And that was the confusing part about a National Parks announcement yesterday of dangerous conditions prompting the closure of the beach "north of the Leisha Track".
Confronted with what seemed to be the announced closure of Rainbow's beach driving link to Noosa, many residents and business operators were concerned.
Checks by some revealed that the announcement did not appear to be true.
But it was, strictly speaking.
A quirk of local geography means that, despite the evidence of the senses, the beach from the track to the north initially heads due south, before curving around in a bay to the north-west and Rainbow.
"It's over the top," said one disbelieving resident who said he had visited the site and found no difficulty accessing the track from the "north".
Another, who answered his mobile phone from near the point, said he had just seen a 4WD vehicle and the 6WD ice truck accessing the track with no apparent difficulty.
Residents questioned the claim that there had been "several vehicle rollovers" at the scene. But it all happened between the Leisha Track and the point, not between the track and Rainbow, as it turns out.
Beach Commerce and Tourism Association president Scott Elms said the curve of the beach had caused the mix-up.
But the risk was real for drivers in the area actually affected (to the apparent south towards D.I., with at least two vehicles stuck at the weekend.
One was reported stuck in the lagoon for a day or longer after slipping off the track.