Local Beach Camping – Why do we love it and are we loving it too much?

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!

Cheers!

Jarrod

8 Comments

  • Briallyn says:

    We camped on Teewah Beach once when or eldest son was little. Never again. It’s disgusting. The dunes are a mass toilet and there are so many big groups that have little respect for peace and quiet let alone leaving nothing but footprints.

    The answer, I fear, is an unpopular one. In my opinion the camping needs to be zoned and each zone should be rested for a decent amount of time. Maybe only opening all zones at Christmas time. The numbers must be limited. There should be a rule that campers must have their own portable toilet, this should be policed when rangers do camp permit checks. Alternatively ban camping all together, if campers can’t look after it and use common sense, maybe they don’t deserve access at all??? For now though, maybe every camper could take up extra garbage bags and make an effort to clean up the area, taking back more rubbish than what you took in would be a great start!

  • Bob says:

    We can’t keep doing things the same. The idea of zones is a good one. The number of permits must be restricted, to allow some recovery, AND every vehicle must have their own portable toilet. These are no hassle and the use of holes in the dunes has to be stopped asap

  • Brian says:

    Hi Jarrod,

    Totally agree that we are loving it to death. I too look back fondly of trips ‘up the beach’ in the late 80s and early 90s. Visiting the cherry venture , getting stuck on the Leisia track before it had the boards. Old Land Rover so breaking down as well! In those days very few people had 4wd s and they were unreliable and uncomfortable. Nowadays on the coast every second car is a 4wd and as you say population has increased as well and only getting bigger with Caloundra south as well coming on soon. Great for business , but are we in danger of destroying the very thing that makes the coast a great place to live. I am a pessimist I’m afraid as I think that development will eventually destroy it all and there’s nothing we can do apart from stopping some inappropriate development which is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic as its an unstoppable momentum. I think that numbers will have to be reduced for camping and driving on the beach and a lottery or roster system introduced. This happens already in high usage national parks overseas with some in the US having waiting lists years long. It can’t continue as it is for too many more years.

  • Warren says:

    It’s not just Teewah I have been there once not going to bother again because of the state of the place.
    Kinkuna national park is a mess I dont know what is wrong with people buy a portable toilet it is not hard and take your rubbish home last time I was there I picked up so much rubbish I had to go to the dump.

  • Robert says:

    Hi Jarrod, I to have been going to Teewah since the 1980’s and go up 3-4 times a year fishing and camping. I don’t understand why the Government hasn’t put in pit toilets at either end of the camping area and maybe an effluent dumping tank for campers. There are plenty of day trippers who could use this as well – surely they are getting enough fees to cover this.
    I always take a fire drum so we don’t make a mess with 20 different fire places at each camp site as you see, it also saves fire wood. Also agree with other comments should be compulsory to take portable toilet if camping – they have to prohibit digging a hole and taking a dump…. it has to be a health hazard surely with the amount of people visiting – its 2017 not 1917!
    Flinders on Straddie is run by the Redland Shire Council and is always clean and pleasant to stay at when we visit, don’t know why Teewah isn’t the same? I feel the powers to be, have put Teewah in the too hard basket and don’t want to know about it – but are happy to accept the fees it generates.

  • Keava says:

    I personally feel it has become too busy once the access were done but and it now takes zero skill to get onto the beach and add that to low tide conditions anyone can drive up the beach.
    Bring back the natural cuttings (access) and make it difficult to access

  • Rowan says:

    In my opinion, one of the my beautiful places on Earth where you can view the horrible impact humans have on it.

    I’ve camped in sand turned black from fires. I’ve had to jump and dodge broken glass, shallow latrine pits and all manner of horrible mentions. I’ve been woken up at night to people doing donuts in their cars on the beach.

    I’ll never camp there again until it is more strictly policed in order to clean it and rehabilitate it.

  • Tara says:

    Disgusting is the only word I use now to describe camping there. When once it was so beautiful! I totally agree with other limit permits and make it compulsory to have a portable camping toilet. The rangers need to patrol and fine those without toilets or those that leave mess behind. The idiots race up and down the beach doing burn outs in sand to look tough. I won’t camp there anymore, it is like camping on a freeway next to a toilet. Yuk and it is such a beautiful part of the world…

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