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Inskip Point erosion

1 March 2016

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are monitoring erosion which has occurred this morning (Tuesday 1 March 2016) near the barge landing at Inskip Point.

The activity started appearing at the surface of the sand at around 8am and ended at 10.15am. No members of the public were in the vicinity.

The erosion has not affected any campsites and is not affecting access to the barge to Fraser Island.

In the interest of public safety, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to closely monitor the site.

Traffic barriers and warning signs will be erected and members of the public are asked to observe all warnings in the area.

It’s likely that this was another occurrence of the natural phenomenon which occurred in September 2015 at Inskip. It is caused by the undermining of part of the shoreline by tidal flow, waves and currents.

When this occurs below the waterline, the shoreline loses support and a section slides seaward leaving a hole, the edges of which retrogress back towards the shore.

In technical terms such an event is better termed a "near-shore landslide" than a "sinkhole".

Related Information

Video footage of Inskip Point erosion

Last updated
1 March 2016