Safety fears close sections of Teewah beach camp zone
SECTIONS of Teewah Beach camping area have been closed due to eroded sand dunes as the Noosa North Shore gears up for the arrival of thousands of Christmas-New Year campers.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) said it had fenced off some areas along Teewah Beach in the Cooloola Recreation Area to safeguard visitors against rocks dislodging from the sand dunes.
An interim geotechnical report commissioned by QPWS report identified 11 separate areas over 1.3 kilometres of the beach camping zone where there were potential risks and recommended modified camping access to minimise the risk.
However the Teewah Beach camping zone would retain capacity for 2200 campers.
QPWS Principal Ranger Ross Belcher warned visitors were required to stay outside the marked areas or risk a fine.
"Please do not enter these areas, as a dislodged rock could cause serious injury or death," he said.
"We recommend people do not climb on the dunes and ask them to keep children off the dunes and out of high-risk areas."
Mr Belcher said given the camping zone stretched 15 km the affected area was barely noticeable.
"Observe all signage and barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas. Your safety is our concern but your responsibility," he said.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said large boulders of ferricrete and cemented sand had rolled down some of the fore dunes in the area in recent months.
"Teewah is a dynamic, natural landscape that is constantly changing," she said.
"The dislodgements are due to natural erosion processes, as well as people climbing or digging in the high dunes."
Two metre plus high tides are not due before December 31 and would increase from 2.07 metres to 2.29m by January 3 at 8.55am.
However Teewah local Lindsay Dines said there was a wide, low-tide beach along much of the 40 km stretch from the Noosa River to Double Island Point.
The QPWS conditions report advises that only high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles were recommended on inland tracks and the beaches and has warned all-wheel-drive vehicles and those towing trailers or boats may experience difficulties.
Roadworks would continue on Harry's Hut Road until Christmas Day while the Leisha Track across to Wide Bay at Double Island Point was boggy and sandy at the Teewah Beach entrance.
More information about Cooloola: npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola