Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and regulations, recreational, commercial and research activities on protected areas are managed or controlled to minimise their impact. All activities on protected areas must be consistent with the management principles and with any management plan for the area. Management statements should be considered in managing an area.

Activities in recreation areas, State forests and marine parks are also regulated.

  • visitor access
  • camping
  • vehicle use (note that all road rules apply)
  • fires
  • possessing weapons
  • littering and waste disposal
  • commercial activities
  • commercial photography
  • aircraft flights and landings
  • generator use
  • disorderly behaviour
  • adventure sports
  • feeding native animals
  • bringing animals
  • taking, using or interfering with wildlife.

Some activities are limited or prohibited or may require permits or authorities. Anyone who breaches the legislation can be fined. Surveillance cameras operate in some parks and forests to identify anyone committing an offence and footage may be used to prosecute offenders.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service authorised officers and police are empowered to enforce the provisions of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, Recreation Areas Management Act 2006, Marine Parks Act 2004 and Forestry Act 1959.