Sinkhole swallows caravan at Inskip Point camping ground

Sink Hole

A giant sinkhole has swallowed a car, a caravan, a camping trailer and tents at a popular Queensland camping ground on Saturday night, causing 140 people to be evacuated from the area.

The 150-metre long by 50 metre wide sinkhole opened up at MV Beagle Campground at Queensland's Inskip Point. 

Nearby Rainbow Beach local Ruth Modin says it may have been fishermen near the campground that raised the initial alarm.

"There were fishermen apparently nearby who said there was this noise and the next thing the sand just started moving out to sea," says Ms Modin.

"And suddenly there was this big sinkhole." 

Luckily no one was injured or has been reported missing.

Ms Modin says campers coming into her Rainbow Beach newsagency on Sunday morning told of being terrified after being told to evacuate on Saturday night.

"It was dark and they were told to leave their vans and come back in the morning and hopefully they would still be there," Ms Modin says.

"But you've got to evacuate immediately, they were told."

Two campers told a local news crew how their midnight evacuation from the campground was a traumatic experience.

"There was all this yelling and screaming," one camper said.

"Then a caravan went over the edge," she said. 

"It was very traumatic," said the other, "Especially as at midnight when it first appeared."

Senior Ranger Dan Clifton from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) are urging visitors to stay away as the sinkhole could expand as ocean currents impact on the existing sinkhole. 

"There is a real possibility the hole could expand with ocean currents, so people are urged to avoid the area," says Mr Clifton.

"Rangers and police have erected traffic barriers and warnings signs to advise beachgoers of potential risks.

"While we continue to assess the situation, our priority is public safety.