Teerk Roo Ra National Park Quandamooka Country Brisbane

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Visiting Teerk Roo Ra safely

    Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay

    Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay are open to the public. The rest of the island is a restricted access area to help preserve its historic remains.

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown

    Getting there and getting around

    Teerk Roo Ra National Park is 4km east of Cleveland, a suburb of Redland City.

    Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay are open to the public. Most of the island, including the lazaret, is a restricted access area closed to the public for the preservation of historic remains—fines apply and the park is patrolled.

    Nearby Goat Island Conservation Park is a declared restricted access area (PDF, 208.5KB) for the protection of significant natural resources and shorebird roosting sites. Public access is prohibited. Mooring off Goat Island is discouraged as this may cause disturbance to roosting shorebirds.

    Private boats may moor off Teerk Roo Ra National Park. Consider the tides when anchoring in shallow water. Weather may significantly affect access; weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    • There are no areas accessible by wheelchair in Teerk Roo Ra National Park.

    Staying safe

    For your safety and to protect the historic remains, please stay out of the restricted access areas. Please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    In an emergency

    • Dial 000 for fire, medical, police emergency assistance.
    • Carry a first-aid kit with you and know how to use it.
    • If no mobile reception, try 112. Horseshoe Bay can have average-to-poor reception depending on where you are.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Ensure you bring:

    • hat, sunscreen and first-aid kit
    • all your drinking water—fresh water is not available on the island
    • a fuel stove—open fires are prohibited; test your fuel stoves before leaving home and never use them in confined spaces such as tents
    • insect repellent—mosquitoes and sandflies may be present in large numbers
    • rubbish bags—rubbish bins are not provided; take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave
    • if camping at Platypus Bay we recommend you bring a portable toilet. All toilet waste should be removed from the island and emptied into an approved portable toilet disposal facility.

    Opening hours

    The park is open 24 hours a day.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.


    Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.

    Climate and weather

    The Brisbane region enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22°C to 30°C in summer and 12°C to 22°C in winter.

    Fuel and supplies

    There are no supplies on the island. Fuel and supplies are available in Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island.

    For more information see the tourism information links.