UPDATE: Inskip sinkhole is 200-300m wide

UPDATE Tuesday 7.30am:

QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife Service said rangers are monitoring erosion at Inskip Point after a sinkhole carved a 200-300m wide hole in the beach overnight Sunday.

The nearshore landslip, south of the Inskip Rd roundabout, was brought to the attention of rangers yesterday morning and was immediately assessed.

No members of the public have been injured and there has been no loss of property from the sinkhole that reaches up to the beach's tree line.

 

The erosion has not affected any campsites and is not affecting access to the barge to Fraser Island.

Information from QPWS said the erosion was most likely caused by the undermining of part of the shoreline by tidal flow, waves and currents.

"When this occurs below the waterline, the shoreline loses support and a section slides seaward leaving a hole, the edges of which retrogress back towards the shore," a QPWS statement said.

In the interest of public safety, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to closely monitor the site.

 

QPWS officers will continue to manage the site and ask visitors to the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area to stay clear of this section of beach.

The Inskip beachfront, west of the day-use area to the western end of the no vehicle zone, is closed to pedestrian access.

All camping areas and beach driving areas at Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area remain open and Fraser Island barge access has not been affected.

QPWS advises that:

  • Nearby trees or branches may fall at any time.
  • Submerged objects are present in the hole.
  • Unstable sand may collapse at any time.
  • Swimming or wading in the water is dangerous.
  • Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.

MONDAY:

ANOTHER piece of the popular Cooloola coastline disappeared yesterday when a 7.5-metre-deep sinkhole swallowed a beach and trees at Inskip Point.

The full extent of the latest washout was captured by Rainbow Beach Helicopters, whose owner Glen Cruikshank said the slip was the point's biggest yet - and quite possibly among the fastest, too.

"It must have happened quickly," he said.

"We were in there yesterday (Sunday)."

Unlike the one which opened up in 2015 near the Sarawak campgrounds and ate a caravan, 4WD, camper trailer and tents, the latest slip happened in a much more deserted area.

Mr Cruikshank said water was known to "rip through" the area, and gave little credence to the idea that tourist traffic would have contributed.

"Since the last sinkhole the council closed that sandbank off," he said. "It would have had about 10 cars since."

It is believed the sinkhole opened up about 7am yesterday a few hundred metres from where two previous holes appeared.

It is the second time a sinkhole has swallowed an Inskip Point beach at the start of the September school holidays.

More than 1000 people are already booked in at the Point's campgrounds.

It is unknown if anybody was on the beach at the time, which is expected to be a tourist hot spot over the next two weeks of school holidays.

Gympie Times


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