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New Inskip Point sinkhole opens up

A large area of the beachfront has collapsed into the ocean as a new Inskip Point sinkhole opens up. Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters has told media that the current sinkhole was bigger than the 200m hole that formed just a few hundred meters further down the beach in 2015.

Credit: Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters

The new hole that has formed is reported as being some 7.5 metres deep, and and has taken quite a large amount of beach and trees with it. Speaking to the media, Sunshine Coast associate lecturer in Earth Sciences, Peter Davies, said the Incident that happened on Monday was actually not considered a ‘Sinkhole’. It was in fact what is known as a ‘near-shore landslide’. This phenomenon is caused by fast-moving currents along Inskip Point eating through the sand well beneath the surface, which in turn, collapses into the water. Mr Davies further went on to say that as with the previous Inskip Point Sinkhole back in 2015, this is not an isolated occurrence.

“It will basically collapse because of this undermining of the material by the current going in and out. It will repair itself, but it will almost certainly happen again. We could see another one in 12 months, or we could see one in a few years. All we can say with any certainty is that it’s an inherent unstable area and will do this periodically.”

Credit: Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters

‘No campsites affected, and no one injured’

In a statement, the Department of Environment and Science said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers were monitoring the erosion, and condition of the beach; also that no one was injured or had property affected by the event. “Local rangers ask that visitors to Inskip Peninsula recreation area take note of current park alerts and stay clear of this section of beach.”

Credit: Glen Cruickshank from Rainbow Beach Helicopters

If you are in the area and planning to visit the new Inskip Point Sinkhole over the school holidays, make sure you’re careful, and be mindful of any directions or signs from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service!

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  • wow, mother nature is wonderful,, and lets us know when she wants us to leave her alone, maybe she is upset because we keep taking from her and don’t give back,, sooooo pick up all your rubbish,, take it home,, repair any damage that you can when 4×4 ing,, don’t break what you don’t need to,, don’t take what you don’t need,, and yes leave only a foot print to be found

  • I have not heard of anyone actually investigating the reason for the slumps developing in this locality. There must be some event that is triggering the subsidence; this would allow us to know whether the hazard is ongoing and whether the risk is very high for campers and drivers in this area in the future. Maybe some of the money from “they’re legal… no, now they’re illegal… no, now they’re legal again” modification fines gathered in QLD could be used to generate a scientific opinion, instead of paying for hospitals to be renamed.

    • “Sunshine Coast associate lecturer in Earth Sciences, Peter Davies, said the Incident that happened on Monday was actually not considered a ‘Sinkhole’. It was in fact what is known as a ‘near-shore landslide’. This phenomenon is caused by fast-moving currents along Inskip Point eating through the sand well beneath the surface, which in turn, collapses into the water.”

  • These sink holes could be a massive tragedy just waiting to happen, as much as I love visiting the area perhaps where this activity is occurring needs to be closed with another access point further south for barge access to Fraser Island as a safety precaution. Whom will be responsible should something happen? Personally I wouldn’t camp in the area from fear that I could lose my life whilst sleeping at night in a tent, I’d imagine any parent out there would hold those same fears.

    • Good point David, I would be laying awake at night in my tent or van wondering when and if the next one will happen. There are plenty of other spots to visit.

      • Leave it alone, it’s a natural area. Put up a warning sign and let the people decide and be responsible. They’ve ruined Inskip enough don’t encourage the beaurocrats to close more of it for an infrequent natural event. Worried about it then don’t come here the place will be better for it.

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