Double Island Point, Cooloola National Park, Queensland

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DOUBLE ISLAND POINT and the COOLOOLA SAND MASS

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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bdeh on November 6, 2012

Great picture of this beautiful coastline Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on November 7, 2012

Dear Berend,

I think you visited Fraser Island when you were in Australia. Am I right? This sand system and its ecology are almost the same as Fraser Island.

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, to form longitudinal dunes trending to the NW, which are now vegetated with scrubland and tall forests. Behind this 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.

Regards,

Ian

lekibau on November 7, 2012

Beautiful Picture. Gretings from Timor Leste. Luis.

Ian Stehbens on November 7, 2012

I am delighted that you like it, Luis. Our world is a beautiful place, isn't it? This is a highly rated area in terms of landscape beauty and ecology sensitivity.

Warm regards

Ian

bdeh on November 7, 2012

We've been at Fraser island for one day in 2003 Ian. But one day is too short, if we're able to visit Oz again we'll camp there a few days and see more of the island. Greetings Berend

Tewbacka on November 8, 2012

Stood there beside that lighthouse only 3 weeks ago. It surely is a scenic and glorious place to be Ian. I'll have to put up my photo of the light soon ;-) Like cheers Gary

Cris Brazzelli on November 9, 2012

I haven't seen the peninsula from this angle, very interesting. Looks like there are some decent rock climbs to be tested too perhaps in the big wall below the lighthouse.

Ian Stehbens on November 9, 2012

So you have all been to this special part of the world!

Ian Stehbens on November 9, 2012

You really ought to make a second visit to OZ, Berend, spending plenty of time in a few places this time, and soaking it all in. And of course Fraser Island, Rainbow beach, Double Island Point and Cooloola should be on the itinerary. And your base, our home, is not very far from them all!

See you here one day. And I hope the trevally are running then.

Ian

Ian Stehbens on November 9, 2012

Yes, Gary, upload your Double Island Point and Cooloola photos. Glad you have been here, and can now enjoy an eaerial view of it all.

Best wishes from the Mary Valley.

Ian

Ivan Logvinov on November 11, 2012

What a beautiful view!
Like!
Best wishes from Russia!
Ivan.

Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2014

Dear Ivan,

Welcome to the Queensland coast. It is a beautiful coast and I am pleased to be able to share it with you. Sorry I am late replying.

Best wishes,

Ian

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Photo taken in Great Sandy National Park, Rainbow Beach - Double Island Point Road, Cooloola QLD 4580, Australia

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