Easter campers have outraged locals after being left stranded on a popular four wheel driving beach in Queensland.
The campers on Teewah Beach at Double Island Point had to pile up the dunes after a monster high tide swallowed up most of the popular beach.
As the tide swept in the normally picturesque spot turned into chaos, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
Easter campers were left stranded on the dunes at Teewah beach after a monster high tide left them scrambling to stay dry
The popular spot at Double Island Point turned to chaos after the tied started coming in
Photographs of the stranded drivers were posted on Facebook and heated tensions surrounding the right to drive on beaches flared again.
Within the Cooloola area it is an offence to drive on the dunes or over vegetation.
Most users expressed anger that the drivers had no consideration for the environment and were endangering baby turtles by being there.
Some questioned why no ranger was present while others argued that the state government did not put enough money in to keeping the local wildlife safe.
‘Send the rangers along. Fine the lot of them. Then sack the rangers for allowing it in the first place,’ said one.
‘What is a gathering of bogans called anyway?’ wrote another.
The pictures of the drivers on the dunes were posted to Facebook and have outraged locals who are concerned about the impact on the environment
There is usually a sizeable amount of beach to drive on without endangering the baby turtles that hatch there or the ecosystem
‘Seems common sense is so hard to come by these days. A quick check on the tide conditions would have prevented this dune destruction,’ added another.
A spokesperson for Surf Life Saving Queensland said that the monster tide meant there was no beach left for the vehicles to drive on.
‘It’s a really high tide there at the moment with very strong surges,’ the spokesperson said.
‘People are having to drive up on the dunes because there is nowhere else.’
‘The camp-sites are completely booked out for the entire weekend so you can imagine how many people are there.’
There was one lifeguard on the beach at the time of the scramble but Surf Life Saving Queensland said it was their priority to ensure safety in the water.
Reports have indicated the tide is above 2 metres.