Huge sinkhole opens up where Queensland campsite collapsed into ocean

A huge sinkhole has opened up on a popular Queensland beach, not far from one that swallowed a caravan, a car and tents a few years ago.

It’s believed the hole, at Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach north of Noosa Heads, opened up overnight, with footage taken from the air on Monday showing a large hole reaching back to the tree line.

A huge sinkhole has opened up on Inskip Point beach, near Rainbow Beach. Source: Rainbow Beach Helicopters

Double Island Point Fishing charters shared a short video on Facebook on Monday, saying the hole was 7.5m deep in the morning. 

Diana Journeaux from Rainbow Beach Helicopters says the hole is just a few hundred metres from the spot where another hole opened up in September 2015, forcing campers to flee as their gear was swallowed.

That incident forced the evacuation of the MV Beagle campground and left authorities struggling to retrieve expensive gear, including a caravan, a car, a trailer and tents.

Ms Journeaux said the hole wasn’t there when crews flew over on Sunday.

The huge sinkhole opened up on the popular Queensland beach, not far from one that swallowed a caravan, a car and tents a few years ago. Source: Rainbow Beach Helicopters

She said it wasn’t in exactly the same spot as the 2015 hole but was very close by.

“We fly every day and it wasn’t there yesterday,” she said.

“We don’t know the story behind it yet.”

Greg Pearce, who is skipper with Double Island Point Fishing Charters, said he travelled past the spot in his boat at about 5.15am on Monday.

Footage taken from the air on Monday showing a large hole reaching back to the tree line. Source: 7 News.

He took a video showing the water lapping heavily eroded sand banks that hugged the scrubby treeline.

“That was beach yesterday afternoon – there were people walking along that section,” he said.

“We could see [the hole] forming, could see stirred up water and the beach eroding.”

BEFORE: The Inskip Point coastline before the erosion. Source: Google Maps

He said the hole was about 100 metres wide when they left to continue their fishing expedition.

Mr Pearce said it was unlikely to affect the MV Beagle campground, as they moved the sites back from the beach after the 2015 incident.

Park rangers are believed to be inspecting the hole.