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Latest COVID-19 impacts - QLD national parks, state forests and recreation areas. Check the latest information and updates.

Important updates: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Queensland national park and State forest sites that were closed due to COVID-19 are progressively reopening.

From 11.59pm 15 May, all national park and forest day use areas and walking tracks will reopen, except for some popular rock pool destinations.

Recreation Areas including K’gari (Fraser Island), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) will be open for day use visitors (camping and overnight stays are not yet allowed under Stage 1 restrictions). Bribie Island and Cooloola recreation areas will remain closed for the time being for community safety, but we are working on providing safe access soon.

Some closures still remain in place, including all camping areas, the Bribie Island and Cooloola recreation areas as well as some popular rock pool destinations. These areas are scheduled to reopen from 11:59 pm 12 June 2020 following evaluation of the success of the stage 1 easing of restrictions.

If you’re visiting a national park or State forest:

  • Always check Park Alerts before leaving home for up-to-date information for a specific location.
  • Only visit opened sites where there are car spaces available in the car park, follow social distancing measures and adhere to public gathering numbers.
  • Do not attempt to visit any closed areas, unless authorised, for your own safety and protection, and that of your community.

Sites that remain closed pending further evaluation and stage 2 Roadmap planning

  • All camping areas and camp sites
  • Cooloola and Bribie Island Recreation areas
  • Some rockpools—check the specific location at Park Alerts.
  • Gateway Visitor Centres including—David Fleay Wildlife Park, Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
  • Travel Restrictions also remain in force under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 for designated indigenous community areas like Cape York Peninsula so if you’re planning a trip into these areas check out the requirements on the DATSIP website.
  • Other local closures or restricted access to facilities may apply for management purposes—check the specific location at Park Alerts.

There are some exemptions for entry into closed areas for essential services or work by authorised personnel.

Vehicle access permit bookings

Vehicle access permit bookings for K’Gari (Fraser Island) are available from 15 May 2020 for access commencing 16 May 2020 at the Queensland Parks Website. Vehicle access bookings for Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) Recreation Areas are available at Minjerribah Camping and Mulgumpin Camping Websites.

Stay tuned for information on when permits will be available for Bribie Island and Cooloola vehicle access.

Bookings can be managed via Queensland National Parks Booking Service or the Minjerribah Camping and Mulgumpin Camping websites.

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Last updated
15 May 2020