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Inskip Point recovery operations to cease

30 September 2015

A part of a caravan was recovered from Inskip Point on 30 September 2015.

A part of a caravan was recovered from Inskip Point on 30 September 2015.

The recovery of vehicles lost when a near-shore landslide event occurred at Inskip Point will cease after today (30 September).

A four-wheel-drive, a caravan, a camper trailer and some tents fell into the hole left after the landslide that occurred around 10.30 pm on Saturday 26 September.

Today recovery experts successfully removed parts of the caravan and miscellaneous floating debris.

Yesterday a camper trailer was successfully recovered.

The caravan chassis, deeply embedded in the underwater sand bed, was not recoverable and there remains no sign of the four-wheel-drive.

Diving and recovery specialists have advised that they are unable to retrieve the remaining vehicles and efforts to do so will cease from today.

However, the site will be cleared, secured and barricaded.

QPWS will install safety warning signage at the site as a matter of priority to ensure the remaining debris poses minimal risk to the public.

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

Geotechnical reports say limited, minor coastal erosion may continue for some weeks and these areas will be closed until further notice.

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

Geotechnical reports also say that as tidal actions deposit sand back into the hole caused by the landslide, the area will progressively become more stable.

The size of the hole has not increased.

QPWS is looking into commissioning a study into the underlying causes of the instability affecting this section of coast, to provide guidance on how to manage this site into the future.

QPWS will also investigate whether any specific works will be required to return the campgrounds to their former state.

Campers who had intended to stay at campgrounds now closed are able to stay at one of the six other campgrounds at Inskip.

Members of the public can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if they have further questions or wish to discuss alternative camping arrangements.

QPWS has also increased camp site capacity at nearby campgrounds in preparation for the coming long weekend with plenty of spaces still available at Inskip Peninsula, Teewah Beach and Fraser Island – see Over-the-counter camping and vehicle access permit booking offices.

Last updated
30 September 2015