I am not sure if you have been up to Double Island point recently or not – my goodness it has become so busy – it’s like a highway! Why…. why has it become so extraordinarily busy? And to throw a cat amongst the pigeons…. my folks first started taking us camping to Double Island Point back in the early 80’s, I was the ripe old age of 8. Here we are in 2017 and the degeneration I have witnessed between Teewah beach and Double Island Point is alarming to say the least. Are we loving it to death and if so – how do we fix this – do we fix this and what are our options? I would love your feedback – have a read and let me know what you think!
There is no other place in the world my wife would rather camp than on Teewah Beach. She calls it ‘her place!’ It’s where she feels the most relaxed, chilled out and at ease with life! Kerri loves the sound of the ocean as she falls asleep at night, loves watching the sunrise through the tent fly-mesh early morning, enjoys watching the kids have fun in the water, and when the weather is perfect, Kerri will grab her camping chair, a beverage, and sit on the beach watching the water flicker away as the sun sets over the cliff face behind her – makes you want to be there right now doesn’t it?
To find out why Double Island point seems to be the flavour at the moment, I thought I would ask a few of you instore and your answers were actually quite interesting, diverse and they all made sense! Here are a few answers that I was given.
“We love camping at Kenilworth, but there just isn’t enough water at the moment – the beach seems to be the best place to keep cool.”
“We used to live near Mooloolaba and we’d often visit the beach. Now that we live on Buderim, getting to the beach is a rare occurance. So when we go camping, the beach is our destination of choice!”
“There is so much to do at the beach. I take my kayak for a paddle, go for a swim, go fishing and depending on where the wind is coming from – we can usually always get a reasonable surf one side of Double Island Point or the other.”
“We’ve just purchased a brand new 4WD and we love to take it off road. It’s handles the beach so well!”
“Double Island Point is so close to home, it’s so easy to access and is great for our busy lives! Using our weather apps, we can make last minute decisions, pack up and go!”
After reading these answers above, you really do have to pinch yourself don’t you? We are just so lucky to have this beautiful part of the world right on our doorstep.
But I must say, that has all started to change for Kerri and I after our last camping experience to Teewah Beach. Population growth – improved technology (modern day vehicles for eg.), and the fact we have this beautiful natural environment just around the corner, has most definitely started take a hit for the worst on the beach and dunes, which is hard to stomach, because we are all part of the problem! As Kerri and I left from our last Teewah camping trip, we came across a deserted camp full of torn, overflowing rubbish bags, soiled nappies and a cheap discarded tent rolled into a messy bundle. Kerri also commented on the fact that she couldn’t relax around our girls due to the fear of them getting hit from a busy highway of vehicles and… worst of all – there was countless shallow toilet holes (with toilet paper showing its nose) scattered all around our campsite… in fact it smelled putrid!
I am clearly not a rocket scientist – but I do understand innately that nature cannot win the tug of war it’s currently been put under. Whether we like it or not, we humans are simply loving it to death and the only thing that can change is our behaviour. (That’s clearly not something that can change overnight, nor is it something you will get everyone to do.)
So what do we do? We all love this place and we don’t want to lose or destroy her (well I don’t want to anyway!). In its current form it is simply not sustainable, but our long term solution and options aren’t good for the camping industry – but I do know that nature comes first… ‘I do worry about the type of world we are going to leave our children!’
I would love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment below and let me know what you think!