'Sinkhole' forgotten as beach crowds roll in
IT COULD not possibly get much better than this - a beautiful day at the beach to end the school holidays and celebrate the greatest grand final in rugby league history.
Parking spaces were like gold at Rainbow Beach yesterday, with heavy day-tripper traffic, booked out accommodation and camping space in high demand.
No-one seemed too concerned about the big bad "sinkhole" which disrupted the break for some Inskip Point campers the week before.
"They still love us," Ruth Modin said during a brief escape from customers at her Foodworks store at the beach end of the CBD.
"There are plenty of people around.
"Everyone's got football fever and it's put everyone in a good mood," she said.
Lifesavers described crowds in the water as among the biggest ever seen at this time of the year.
TIN Can Bay Coastguard reported more good news yesterday, with great boating weather and glorious and safe day on the water.
Cooloola Coast business operators could only complain about weariness as customers stressed them out in the nicest possible way.
Plenty of sand meant excellent long weekend beach driving conditions on the Cooloola Coast, even around the sometimes treacherous Mudlo Rocks area.
And that meant "heaps of people" at Double Island Point, including anglers and surfers taking advantage of good swell at one of the longest point breaks in the world.
Lines of vehicles included food, ice and newspaper delivery vans catering for busy camping grounds from Fraser Island to Teewah, some of them booked out at critical times over the weekend.
Several campsites were completely booked out on the Saturday night and close to it on the other days of the long weekend.
But although the big crowds were at the coast, inland camping areas from Glastonbury to the Mary Valley were also busy over a perfect camping weekend.
Lifesavers reported some dumping surf during the morning, but generally good conditions and a well behaved holiday crowd.
The boating paradise of Tin Can Inlet was also enjoying a fabulous weekend.
"Everyone's been safe and sound on the water," a Coast Guard official said, adding that light winds and small seas made excellent conditions for boating.