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300 campers evacuated - update 6pm

27 September 2015

A further 160 Inskip Point campers have been evacuated as a precaution after a sinkhole opened up last night, bringing the total number to 300.

All campers remain safe and accounted for, and no injuries have been reported.

Those impacted have been relocated to other campsites at Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach.

Status of campgrounds:

  • MV BEAGLE: CLOSED
  • MV SARAWAK: PARTLY CLOSED (EASTERN SIDE CLOSED)
  • MV NATONE: OPEN
  • SS DORRIGO: OPEN
  • THE OAKS: OPEN

In the interest of public safety, QPWS is urging people to avoid the area, observe traffic barriers and warning signs.

The sinkhole is now estimated to be 200 metres in length (previously estimated 150 metres) following further assessment.

Geotechnical engineers have completed an initial assessment this afternoon and will conduct further inspections tomorrow.

The engineers have advised current exclusion zones are appropriate and will provide further advice to QPWS in coming days.

Access to the barge via Inskip Point road remains open to vehicles.

Last updated
27 September 2015