Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Coast Hums as Visitors Flock; Whales Put on Show to Remember off Double Is Pt

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Coast Hums as Visitors Flock; Whales Put on Show to Remember off Double Is Pt

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Shelley Strachan

REPORTER

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

NEAR perfect conditions and friendly whales conspired to produce one of the Cooloola Coast's busiest September school holidays this year.

Thousands of campers and holiday makers converged on Rainbow Beach, Inskip Point and Tin Can Bay to soak up the surf, sand and sun.

Almost 2750 people set up camp at Inskip for the middle weekend of the holidays, and the peninsula held about three-quarters of its capacity throughout the rest of the holidays. Camping grounds inland were also packed out.

Surf Life Saving spokesman Ron Organ yesterday said numbers at the main beach at Rainbow peaked on Saturday, with about 200 people on the sand and another 100 in the water.

He said the only rescues were of two young boogie board riders on Saturday morning who became caught in a sweep.

Though the weekends were busiest, the first week of the holidays produced slightly better weather and bigger crowds. …

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