Easter holiday camping good to go

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon

Conondale National Park, Booloumba Creek Camping area

Camping at Queensland’s iconic national parks and forests is good to go this Easter with the end of lockdown in Greater Brisbane and easing of COVID19 restrictions announced today.

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon said national park and forest camping areas state-wide were currently at 70.9% capacity for the Easter long weekend, about double January capacities.

An additional 500 camping spots have become available at Inskip Point in the Cooloola Recreation Area just in time for the Easter long weekend.

“Many of our more popular camping areas like Teewah Beach and Bribie Island are booked out for Easter, but there are still many other national parks and forests with camping sites still available,” Minister Scanlon said.

“Our online booking system will be updated to reflect the eased restrictions and ensure that as many people as possible can get into the great outdoors.

“Our campgrounds allow people to reconnect with nature and experience the beauty and tranquillity of Queensland’s unique environment.

“Many of our campgrounds are perfect for families, with picnic areas, barbecues, and shower and toilet facilities. Other campgrounds are great for fishing and water sports like canoeing and water skiing.

“Or you can take in the lush rainforest, diverse wildlife and bush tracks that lead people into the hills to breathtaking lookouts.

“With unspoilt beaches and sparkling blue oceans, or birdwatching and hiking, Queensland is synonymous with offering the very best holiday experience.”

General camping safety tips:

  • Take plenty of water for drinking and cooking
  • Take a first aid kit and plenty of insect repellent
  • Be sun-smart and take extra sunscreen
  • Be aware some campgrounds will not have mobile phone coverage
  • Never feed, handle or approach wildlife
  • Ensure your equipment is in good working order
  • When hiking or walking, know your limits and choose suitable walks
  • Be considerate of other campers by minimising noise
  • Fire bans or restrictions may apply
  • Be prepared for rain and storms
  • Pay attention to signage and advice from rangers

Minister Scanlon said people taking holidays from central to far north Queensland were reminded to be Crocwise in croc country.

“And campers and visitors to K’gari for the Easter holidays are advised to respect the wongari (dingo) and never approach them or deliberately or inadvertently feed them,” Minister Scanlon said.

“People should also ensure they advise family or friends of their holiday plans, including a departure and return date.”

To book a campsite in Queensland, please visit: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/camping/bookings

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