The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has advised that the sand track (Fisherman’s Track) accessing the keyholes have been closed to the public. Please refer to the maps below.
Redland City residents are advised that a sandbagging station will be open today at Redland Showgrounds – Norm Price Park, via Long Street, Cleveland from 12 noon to 7pm.
Sandbagging stations will also be established at Redland City Council depots at Dunwich, Russell Island and Macleay Island.
Residents are urged to prepare now for severe weather conditions today and over the weekend.
The Redland City Disaster Management Plan – available at www.redlanddisasterplan.com.au – provides practical information to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.
Redland City Council advises residents that a severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that a strong upper trough will move east into the southern interior of Queensland today, shifting into southeast Queensland on Saturday, before moving off the southern coast during Sunday.
A low pressure system will possibly develop and slip southwards over southern Queensland waters during Saturday, most likely moving offshore or into New South Wales late Saturday.
Heavy rain areas should start contracting southeast during Saturday morning as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane from mid-afternoon, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.
Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough on Saturday.
The trough or low will also generate large swells as it slips southwards during Saturday, with dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion developing about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning, contracting southwards out of the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast waters during Saturday afternoon.
Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the high tide Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Locally heavy falls are also possible today and early tomorrow over parts of the central and southern interior though are more likely to be associated with thunderstorms.
A Flood Watch is current for southeast Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
All Redland City residents are advised to:
A severe weather system is predicted to affect Southeast Queensland on Saturday 4 June bringing damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.
The combination of strong winds, heavy rainfall, large swells and high tides is likely to cause beach erosion. Beach conditions are expected to continually change and may deteriorate making some sections of beach not suitable for driving. Beach hazards such as sand depressions, washouts, fallen trees, exposed coffee rock and debris including logs may occur as a result.
Motorists should exercise caution at all times, and plan to travel at low tide, if safe to do so. Ensure camps are set up well above the high tide level, in designated beach camping areas. Depending on the level of erosion sustained, access to some beach camp sites may be temporarily restricted.
Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas.
For further information about camping on North Stradbroke Island contact Straddie Camping www.straddiecamping.com.au or phone (07) 3409 9668.
Stay informed of closures and weather conditions:
This has been prepared by National Parks, Sport and Racing.
The best land-based whale watching location in Australia, North Stradbroke Island’s Gorge Walk, will get a $600,000 upgrade.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced on Tuesday the Gorge Walk Trailhead Lookout was one of 28 scenic lookouts around Queensland that would receive funding.
“The Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program was set up to help local council’s revitalise existing lookouts across Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.
The funding for the Gorge Walk upgrade is a 50:50 partnership between state government and Redland City Council.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the funding was great news for local tourism.
“North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland’s most beautiful natural wonders and the Gorge Walk provides a beautiful vantage point to view the natural wonders of the island and Moreton Bay,” she said.
“People from all over the world visit this popular boardwalk and today’s announcement will mean even more reason for it to be included on tourist’s itineraries.”
Mr Bailey said 38 submissions were received from local councils for the funding. The proposals for 28 scenic lookouts in 25 council areas were successful.
“All sites were assessed against set criteria and prioritised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in consultation with the Department of Tourism, Major Events and Small Business,” he said.
The Gorge Walk upgrade received the highest funding at $600,000, with the next highest upgrade funded at $400,000.
Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the council would match the government’s $300,000 in funding, with the project to include a new viewing deck for whale watching at the beginning of the Gorge Walk.
“The new viewing platform to be built as part of this project will ensure (the gorge) continues to attract people from all over the world to view the local marine life,” he said.
“The project will also include upgraded toilet facilities, information and interpretive signage and seating at the trail head.”
Cr Williams said projects like the upgrade were critical as Straddie transitioned from sand mining to tourism.
“Tourism is vital to the future of the island and investment from all levels of government through projects such as this is critical to building a strong economy,” she said.
“I congratulate and thank Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk government for their commitment to the Redlands and I look forward to further initiatives to ensure the Straddie community successfully transitions away from sand mining.”
Cr Williams said the project would complement the council’s recent works to improve public access on North Stradbroke Island.
“The Straddie Gorge Walk is a $2 million project jointly funded by council and the federal government over three stages with the final stage completed last year,” she said.
“Council also completed a $500,000 upgrade of Headland Park last year. This upgrade is expected to commence next financial year and will add to the existing infrastructure that is already considered a world-class boardwalk.”
[Source: Redland City Bulletin]
Easter long weekend is a very busy time on North Stradbroke island and in the Minjerribah Recreation Area, with many beach camping areas and holiday parks almost fully booked. Click Here for a few tips to help plan your escape.
To ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable island escape, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers, along with Straddie Camping staff, will be doing regular patrols on Main and Flinders beaches and camping areas.
Escape to North Stradbroke Island and experience Australia’s coolest pop-up campsite before 24 December for just $55 per person, per night town share.
The Flash Sale starts on Friday 4 December 2015 and ends at midnight on Sunday 6 December 2015. Save 50% on stays from 14-24 December 2015. Click here to book. The website will display the available discounted rates for the sale duration. Rates are subject to availability.
For further information, please visit www.flashcamp.com.au/straddiecamping/
After you’ve booked your Flash Camp, make sure you call the team at Straddie Camping during office hours on (07) 3409 9668 to get a good deal on your ferry transfers.
Left your Christmas/New Year holidays to the last minute? Straddie Camping has the answer for the ultimate Queensland camping holiday – and the best bit is that you barely need to lift a finger.
Adams Beach Campgrounds at Dunwich will be converted into a ‘pop-up’ Flash Camp hotel with accommodation in stylishly decorated 5-metre bell tents.
Each tent will have a choice of one king size or two single beds on wooden pallet bases and will be beautifully decorated with Armadillo interior rugs, bamboo deck chairs and solar lighting. All towels, bed linen, donnas and pillows will be provided along with convenient amenities like shampoo, conditioner and soap.
The tents will be serviced with daily housekeeping and there will be a porterage service to assist with arrivals and departures.
There will be a communal area with a funky pop-up cafe and outdoor table and chairs to take in the atmosphere of the most upmarket camping experience ever offered on Straddie.
Adams Beach Flash Camp @ Straddie will operate from December 14, 2015 until 31 January 2016.
Rates start from $110 per person, per night, twin share.
Adams Beach is a beautiful crystal clear shallow-water beach that is well protected. The area has cultural significance to the local Quandamooka people as a traditional meeting place and all care has been taken to protect these special areas within the campsite, with interpretative information and cultural interaction a part of the experience of a guest’s stay.
You don’t want to miss out on this little bit of bliss this festive season. Secure your booking today.
$80 for 3 nights for any available campsite – powered or unpowered – no more to pay.
$260 for 3 nights for any available cabin – no more to pay.
Book now for any stay from now until the 11th December 2015.
Stays between Sunday to Thursday nights only. Must stay 3 consecutive nights.
Not valid for Flinders Beach or Main Beach camping. Not Valid for EcoShacks.
Phone bookings 07-3409-9668. Full T’s & C’s.
WOW!! We’ve been nominated for Best Accommodation, Queensland in the 2015 Golden Backpack Awards. Vote for us and you’ll be in the running for some great travel prizes!
You don’t need to vote in each category, just vote for Straddie Camping in the second category Best Accommodation. You can then click through to the end and enter your details to be in the running. Voting closes mid October so don’t miss out!
VOTE NOW AT http://www.goldenbackpackawards.com.au
Now in it’s 32nd year, the Straddie Assault is an invitation Teams Surfing Event, comprising 16 Surfriding Clubs from the east coast of Australia. Each team with 10 competitors.
This year the event will be held on the 17th and 18th of October, at Point Lookout.
Saturday is the Teams Event – exciting surfing from Under 16s to Open Men’s and Women’s.
Sunday sees the Individual Pairs Challenge – two members from each team surfing it off for sudden elimination.
Straddie Assault attracts high class surfers, with last year’s even seeing both Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew and Mark Occhilupo’s sons competing.
The Presentation of awards will be held at The Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel around 3.00pm on the Sunday afternoon.