Inskip “Sinkhole” due to tidal flow

inskip pt erosion oct 15 003 (Medium)Rainbow was in the news last month! most of you would have heard about the “sinkhole” at Inskip Point? It is huge – a football field that took a caravan and some vehicles with it. Luckily no one was hurt.

Not a sinkhole at all it is described as extreme erosion.

BUT, it is only a tiny proportion of the Inskip Peninsula, there are still multiple campgrounds available. So spread the word that Rainbow Beach is not just open but a tropical paradise ready to explore!

Update from National Parks, September 29:

A geotechnical engineer has told us the hole (measuring 200 metres long, 50 metres wide and 7.5 metres deep) may have actually been a “near shore landslide” rather than a true sinkhole, and that it’s now “relatively stable”. It’s unlikely to have been related to earthquake activity but was probably caused by the undermining of part of the shoreline by rapid tidal flow, waves and currents.

The MV Beagle campground and eastern section of Sarawak campground will stay closed for your safety, so please avoid the area and pay attention to barriers and warning signs. The campgrounds at MV Natone, SS Dorrigo and The Oaks are still open. If you have any worries about your camping booking, check our Park Alerts here before you set out, or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) to change your booking.

From the Cooloola Conditions reports September 28:

Inskip beach: no through access from S.S. Dorrigo beach access to Sarawak, due to a large sinkhole that has formed on the beach adjacent M.V. Beagle camping area.


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