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Visitors to Inskip campgrounds remain safe

9 October 2015

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service reassures visitors to campgrounds in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, and the public in general, that they remain safe following a near-shore landslide that occurred in the area on 26 September.

The MV Beagle campground and the eastern section of Sarawak campground, where the landslide occurred, are closed and the public should avoid these areas.

Geotechnical experts have advised that as tidal actions deposit sand back into the hole caused by the landslide, the area will become more stable.

However, as minor erosion may continue for a short time, the above campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. 

The immediate area where the landslide occurred has been secured and barricaded.

QPWS installed safety warning signage at the site as a matter of priority to ensure minimal risk to the public.

MV Natone, SS Dorrigo and The Oaks campgrounds remain open, as does access to the barge via Inskip Point road.

These areas are not subject to the same oceanic processes as the area where the landslide occurred and QPWS is not proposing a 24-hour monitoring program at this time.

When the recent event occurred, at around 10.30 pm, rangers were on site within a very short time and successfully moved around 300 campers away from the area.

These response times can be expected should any similar events occur in the future. 

While these events are rare, they are part of the dynamic coastal processes that shape our coast. Inskip Point has been mapped by coastal scientists as an erosion prone area and periodic erosion events are to be expected.

QPWS has engaged a geotechnical engineering consultant to provide initial safety advice, and is commissioning further studies into the underlying causes of the instability affecting this section of coast, to provide guidance on how to manage the area into the future.

QPWS is planning to have these studies, to potentially include laser, sonar and aerial surveys, commence within the next fortnight.

While the MV Beagle campground and the eastern section of Sarawak campground are closed, campers are able to stay at all other campgrounds in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.

Information on campsites and bookings is available online.

Last updated
9 October 2015