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Inskip campsite closed

27 September 2015

All campers impacted by the 150 metre sinkhole at Inskip Point, north of Rainbow Beach, are safe and accounted for.

The hole opened up along the shoreline at approximately 10.30pm last night (26 September) prompting the evacuation of 140 people.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has asked people to avoid the area.

The 150 metre sinkhole is 50 metres wide and 3 metres deep taking in a large part of the MV Beagle campsite.

One vehicle, a caravan, a camper trailer and some tents have fallen in.

Impacted campers have been moved to other campsites at Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach while others have chosen to leave the area.

QPWS and police have cordoned off the area, preventing vehicle and pedestrian access. All other roads and camping grounds at Inskip Point remain open.

QPWS will continue to monitor the situation and will engage geotechnical engineers to provide an assessment of the site.

Senior Ranger Dan Clifton said it is important for public safety that visitors avoid the area.

“There is a real possibility the hole could expand with ocean currents, so people are urged to avoid the area,” Mr Clifton said.

“Rangers and police have erected traffic barriers and warnings signs to advise beachgoers of potential risks.

“While we continue to assess the situation, our priority is public safety.

“The MV Beagle campsite has been closed to new campers, however there are six alternative campgrounds at Inskip that remain open.”

Campers who have booked at MV Beagle campsite can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) to discuss alternative arrangements with QPWS.

Refunds will be offered to those who wish to cancel their booking.

Last updated
27 September 2015