Aussie beach be­ing ‘loved to death’

National Post (National Edition) - - THE CHATTER - An­dre ramshaw

An Aus­tralian tourist hotspot has been turn­ing away thou­sands of driv­ers after a beach was listed as hav­ing the whitest sand in the world.

Hyams Beach, 180 kilo­me­tres south of Syd­ney, achieved in­ter­na­tional ac­claim after be­ing hon­oured in the Guin­ness Book of Records. But since then the once-sleepy vil­lage of 110 per­ma­nent res­i­dents has been turned up­side down, with garbage strewn around bush­land re­serves and cars parked il­le­gally on its nar­row streets.

“Go back, Hyams Beach is at full ca­pac­ity,” read one il­lu­mi­nated sign on the only road lead­ing to the beach in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Over the past two weeks, lo­cal coun­cil­lors have turned back thou­sands of ve­hi­cles as they brainstorm so­lu­tions with res­i­dents to com­bat the in­flux, the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald re­ported.

The vil­lage has just one shop and café with a park­ing ca­pac­ity of 400, but that has swelled to up to 5,000 ve­hi­cles dur­ing peak sum­mer times.

The beach has been “loved to death,” vil­lagers as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Lois Sparkes said.

“We want peo­ple to come and en­joy the vil­lage and the beaches, but we ask that they re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

The New South Wales govern­ment, which pro­moted the beach’s “squeaky” white sand to the world, is now urg­ing vis­i­tors to visit the 15 “other equally beau­ti­ful and less busy” beaches in the bay.

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