Bal­anc­ing rocks: a fatal attraction?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Ali­cia Nally

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.”

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