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Double Island Point, Cooloola National Park, Queensland


The open ocean beach of whiter sand dammed by the volcanic headland is stunning enough. Some of this supply of sand has been blown inland, in the Quaternary past, to form longitudinal dunes trending to the NW, which are now vegetated with scrubland and tall forests. Behind the headland, Double Island Point, the sweep of Wide Bay has truncated these high sand dunes.

This truncation exposes a cross-sectional face, revealing the layered structure of each dune, and the multicoloured staining of the sands.

The truncated faces form a high cliff that rises abruptly from the beach.

These coloured sand cliffs are known as Teewah Coloured Sands, and they form the northern end of the Cooloola Sand Mass. This landscape is protected and managed as Cooloola National Park, truly one of the world's great wonders.

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  • Uploaded on November 6, 2012
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    by Ian Stehbens