Instagram selfie seekers risk their lives taking spectacular photos at the edge of the cliff with a fall of 200 meters – and rangers say it's only a matter of time before someone dies
- Tourists risk their lives at a popular vantage point by ignoring safety rules
- The overhang at Boolimba Bluff in central Queensland is above a fall of 200 meters
- Safety gates are intended to prevent visitors from getting too close to the edge
- But according to guides, visitors are increasingly ignoring rules to get the perfect photo
Tourists risk their lives at a popular vantage point by ignoring safety rules to make the perfect Instagram photo, travel guides have warned.
Visitors to the Boolimba Bluff lookout point in the Carnarvon gorge in central Queensland are protected from a steep 200-meter fall by metal security barriers.
But guides in the national park claim that social media has led to an increase in the number of visitors who cross railings to get as close as possible to the edge.
Tourists risk their lives at the Boolimba Bluff viewing point by ignoring safety rules to create the perfect Instagram photo, guides have warned (shown as a visitor on the bluff)
Guides in the national park say that social media have changed the way tourists interact with the popular tourist spot (pictured woman posing in the handrails of Boolimba Bluff)
& # 39; It's just a matter of time before we clear up an unfortunate mess & # 39 ;, said guide Michelle Whitehouse
& # 39; It's just a matter of time before we clean up an unfortunate mess & # 39 ;, guide Michelle Whitehouse told ABC news.
She said the bluff was made of a porous sandstone, which meant that visitors were at risk of falling dead due to the collapse of the cliff.
Mrs. Whitehouse added, while striking photos of tourists at the edge of the cliff helped to build the profile of the gorge, it meant that others would then expect them to take their shots again.
& # 39; When they arrive there, they realize that there is a barrier between them and that experience and they go, & # 39; Well, if those people can jump for me, why can't I do the same? & # 39; & # 39; She said.
Her partner and fellow guide Simon Long said that safety rules made it very clear where visitors should and should not go in the park.
& # 39; (It is) due to a lack of research from people who come to use the gap to generate content for social media, & # 39; he said.
Mrs. Whitehouse added, while striking photos of tourists at the edge of the cliff helped to build the profile of the gorge, it meant that others would then expect them to take their shots again
Tourists risk a $ 400 fine for ignoring safety signs, according to the Department of Environment and Science of Queensland.
A spokesperson for the department added fines afterwards using social media as proof.
& # 39; Queensland Park and Wildlife Service also has a close relationship with First Nations peoples, commercial operators, visitor information centers and guides that help discourage visitors from talking about security barriers & # 39 ;, said the spokesperson.
She said the Carnarvonk gorge was made of a porous sandstone, which meant that visitors were at risk of falling dead due to the collapse of the cliff
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