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UPDATE: Inskip still "great" camping spot despite erosion

UPDATE 12PM: QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife says campers are still keen to visit Inskip, despite the recent landslide.

About 2000 places are still available for people to set up tents and caravans near the peninsula over what is normally one of the busiest times for camping at Inskip.

A QPWS spokeswoman said the department had not been notified of any cancellations after the recent landslide on Tuesday.

"Inskip is a great spot to camp and we encourage people to come and enjoy Inskip at Easter," the spokeswoman said.

"The landslide on March 1 has not affected vehicle access or campsites.

"In areas assessed by a geotechnical engineer as high-risk after the landslide last September, we established clearly marked 'no camping' and 'no driving' zones."

She said there was also "plenty of beach camping sites available to book at Teewah Beach and on Fraser Island".

EARLIER: THE beach at Inskip Point will continue to disappear into the ocean, an expert says.

Associate lecturer from the University of the Sunshine Coast Peter Davies specialises in soil science, geology and statistics.

Mr Davies said underwater landslides similar to the one that occurred on Tuesday at Inskip Point will continue to happen in the future.

He said this was because of the way ocean currents flowed in and out of the narrow channel between Inskip and Fraser Island.

The scientist explained that the fast-moving water caused erosion under the beach.

"It's just because you've got quite a small channel; it's only a kilometer or two to Fraser (Island), and there's lots of water going in and out there, so the currents are quite strong and the water's moving really quickly," Mr Davies said.

"That's a lot of erosive force, it'll just keep happening."

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He said because the beach is "very young" (about 10,000 years old), it was still very unstable.

"I'd suggest camping on the southern side, to avoid that massive northern current," he said.

"The sand position is constantly changing; where the massive landslide was before Christmas is now all but gone, you would hardly know it was there because it does repair itself.

"But it will happen again and again."

Topics:  editors picks, environment, erosion, inskip point, landslide, sinkhole, usc




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