Approximately 150 people were evacuated on Saturday evening from popular backpacker, working holiday visa holder and tourist destination Rainbow beach. Typically the first point of call before visiting Fraser Island this popular destination is know for it’s beautiful beach and laid back atmosphere.
Sometime on Saturday massive sinkhole opened, the size of a football field , a caravan, swallowing a car,a camping trailer and some tents.
If you want to get precise the sinkhole was 150 metres long and 50 metres wide… .wow! Crazy! According to channel 7 a nearby fisherman said there was a noise and the next thing the sand just started moving out to sea…..And suddenly there was this big sinkhole.
Access to Beach Blocked
As it stands Four Wheel Drives vehicles can no longer access Inskip Point via the beach.
Local reports say “Its a pretty big hole, but there is plenty of beach either side of the sinkhole”
The Sinkhole could get bigger
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (Often referred to as QPWS) urged locals and tourists to stay away because the sinkhole could get bigger as ocean currents impacted on the existing sinkhole.
Local Rangers and police staff have erected traffic barriers and signs to warn beachgoers of potential risks and to stay safe!
In 2011 a similar size sinkhole surfaced at the same campsite. There were no injuries or casualties. Please advise any friends you have in the area or on Fraser Island.