Exposed sticks have made the beach near the Leisha Track entrance impassable.
Exposed sticks have made the beach near the Leisha Track entrance impassable. Contributed

Tourists call off Easter holiday amid driving hazards

NEARLY 1000 campers have pulled out of Easter beach holidays at Teewah and Freshwater because of growing fears about hazardous driving conditions.

National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Department has warned motorists they face long delays whichever route they use to get to the beach.

The area from Third Cutting to Teewah township remained a risk for motorists with exposed coffee rock, severe erosion and changing conditions making it difficult to access beach and Freshwater camping areas, Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach, Inskip Peninsula and Fraser Island.

Congested traffic conditions and long queues would be likely at the Noosa River Ferry, beach access cuttings and Freshwater Road.

Freshwater Road is rough and considered suitable only for high-clearance 4WDs.

All-wheel drives, vehicles towing trailers, boats and vans are advised not to use it or the beach access.

Vehicle travel around exposed coffee rock outcrops is also restricted to high-clearance 4WDs and then only on low tide.

National Parks regional director Geoff Brittingham said camping numbers had dropped from 2000 a week ago to about 1130 for Freshwater campground and Teewah beach over the Easter long weekend.

About 1000 current vehicle access permits have been issued for the Cooloola Recreation Area including annual, monthly and weekly permits.

The department is unable to separate numbers for Easter.

Mr Brittingham said any decision to restrict vehicle access through the Third Cutting and Freshwater Track would be made in consultation with police and the local authority.

Tewantin police and NPRSR officers met at Teewah this week to discuss the situation.



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