Balancing rocks: a fatal attraction?
A WANGETTI resident says it is only a matter of time before someone dies at the site of a popular Far North tourist attraction.
A cluster of rocks off the Captain Cook Highway has skyrocketed to popularity on social media as tourists try their luck building balancing stone towers.
But Duane Cash has called for a review of the stretch of highway by authorities after witnessing dozens of near misses and illegal parking and U-turns.
The spot is on a blind corner and has a speed limit of 80kph.
“I’m all for it — it’s unique to North Queensland and I definitely love it but we need the government to have a look at it and make it safe before someone gets hurt otherwise they’ll have blood on their hands,” he said.
“It’s got to be pointed out to them.
“I’ve lived here for 13 years and mark my words, someone is going to die there soon.”
Mr Cash said the number of vehicles stopping at the site had increased in the past 12 months.
and suggested a bigger carpark and a slower speed limit to alleviate the danger.
Cairns Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Cary Coolican said drivers caught failing to keep left of double white lines would be issued with a $219 fine and lose three demerit points.
“Police agree that the balancing rock stone statues along the coastline to Port Douglas is certainly a popular attraction,” she said.
“There are double white lines along that stretch of road and some motorists have been caught crossing double white lines to pull into parking spaces and then again when they leave to head north to Port Douglas.
“It would make more sense to stop at the beach to view the stacked stones on your trip from Port Douglas to Cairns, rather than trying to negotiate a dangerous and illegal crossing to get to the carpark when travelling from Cairns to Port Douglas.”