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Beach whales up close and plentiful

Whales treating spectators to a show.
Whales treating spectators to a show. Lee Bramley

HUMPBACK whales on their return migration south from Hervey Bay are providing a spectacular sight for school holiday makers as they cruise down the 40km stretch of Teewah Beach between Double Island Point and the Noosa River.

Teewah resident Lindsay Dines who commutes daily to work in Noosaville said the magnificent creatures, which can grow to 16 m in length and weigh 36,000kg, were coming so close to the shore that you can hear them breathe.

"You can hear them blowing and breathing from the the beach,'' Mr Dines said.

"I caught a 19kg yellow-tailed tuna nearly off the back of one casting a lure from the beach with a nine-foot rod a couple of weeks back.

"People holidaying up here wouldn't miss. They will be seeing them every day. From the top of Double Island Point it would be magnificent."

An estimated 13,000 humpbacks took part in the Southern Hemisphere Migration Cycle in 2011 with numbers increasing 11% annually.

Mr Dines said there was a lot sand on the beach with good driving from half to low tide. Higher tides though are awkward due to steep ridges that are beginning to form.

The calm surf conditions have helped reduce the risk of drivers becoming caught by an incoming tide.

Police are staying in Teewah and conducting regular RBT testing and patrols

Despite the near-perfect conditions the Teewah Beach camping area is nowhere near its 2500-people capacity with bookings for the remainder of the school break running at only 25% although the off-beach Freshwater camp ground is booked out.

A number of the small upper Noosa River camping areas are also booked out.

Queensland Department of National Parks says the Freshwater Road from Rainbow Beach is rough in places with a entrance on to Teewah Beach which can be soft and boggy.

The Leisha Track which connects Rainbow Beach/Wide Bay to Teewah Beach is firm and in good condition apart from soft sand onto Teewah Beach which requires caution.

Topics:  camping, double island point, humpback whales, national park, school holidays, teewah


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