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'Highly dynamic environment': rangers watch landslip at Inskip Point

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Rangers have witnessed a near-shore landslip at popular four-wheel-drive and camping location Inskip Point.

The Department of Environment and Science issued a media release on Monday, with information about the event and the volatile area.

“The peninsula is a highly dynamic environment where strong winds and waves naturally impact the sandy shoreline,” the DES stated.

“These events at Inskip Point are commonly called sinkholes, but technically they are known as near-shore landslips or landslides.

“A near-shore landslip or landslide is a natural coastal event that cannot be predicted.

“They occur when a large body of sand moves quickly, forming an underwater scarp (or small cliff) that moves rapidly inshore as the sand debris moves out to sea.

“Sand at Inskip Point is constantly being replenished.

“When cliffs collapse along the Cooloola coast, the sand is moved north by ocean currents and is deposited at Inskip Point and Fraser Island.”

The DES said that the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service prioritised the safety of staff and visitors to national parks and protected areas.

“Following similar events near Inskip Point, QPWS introduced a buffer zone along the coastline with no camping or vehicles permitted in this zone,” the department stated.

The area where the landslip happened. Picture: Erin Atkinson.

“The section of beach remains open to pedestrians and day activities.

“Camping area boundaries are maintained behind the vegetated foredune areas to reduce impacts on stabilising vegetation and reduce potential risk to campers.”

More information is available here.

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