Gympie feels weekend rush
NEAR perfect weather over most of the weekend brought people out of their homes and into the region's popular holiday destinations.
A high traffic volume on the roads from the coast to the country was closely monitored by local police, who reported few infringements.
Several drivers were charged with having minor blood-alcohol content when breath-tested by police and a male driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries after losing control of his car at Imbil on Saturday morning.
The result of a blood test will confirm if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.
A B-double truck towing two trailers flipped on to its side 10km north of Gympie on Sunday morning and a CBD business was broken into on Friday night.
The northbound lane was closed on the Bruce Hwy north of Fishermans Pocket for about five hours on Sunday morning and motorists were warned of delays until mid-afternoon.
The B-double was carrying empty pallets in one trailer and vegetables in the other and was believed to have been heading north when the driver lost control of his heavy vehicle.
He was trapped for a short time until released by Gympie Fire and Rescue officers and taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
Two swimmers were rescued in large swells at Rainbow Beach at the weekend. It was believed they got caught in a rip while swimming outside the flags on the main beach. Lifesavers brought them to shore using a board and tube in the rough conditions.
Rainbow Beach surf lifesavers said despite a "pretty big swell", conditions were good for the long weekend.
With people making the most of the last of beach weather before winter, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach had fair crowds, but no record breakers were reported for Cooloola Coast.
Word is clearly spreading about Mary Valley being the perfect destination for day trippers.
Imbil police Senior Sergeant Terry Kennedy said there were so many people in the area "it was ridiculous".
"I've never seen so many people in the main street on a Sunday. A Mother's Day market raised money for Rural Watch and the town Christmas party. We didn't get called to a job all weekend. It was great for the region and great for the town. And everybody behaved themselves so it was great for me."