Government puts some Queensland National Parks off limits

Popular gathering areas closed because of coronavirus threat.

Many of Queensland’s world-famous national parks have been closed to the public until further notice.

The Queensland Government made the decision, effective from 3 April, to meet social distancing rules at its most popular parks because of the risk of visitors catching or spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the statewide clampdown included campgrounds, picnic spots, lookouts, swimming areas, toilet facilities and walking tracks.

"I think people can appreciate that this is an area where people are visiting en masse," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We have to close the public toilets, the railings and of course those high-visitation areas because it is where a lot of people are congregating.

"And what we've seen lately is not good enough and unfortunately we are going to have to close those."

The move follows closure of all camping areas and visitor centres across Queensland from 26 March.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said rangers would be monitoring access to the national parks.

“This is not a decision we have made lightly,” Ms Enoch said.

“We need to ensure the safety of Queenslanders during this time and this decision aligns with the expert medical advice from the state’s Chief Health Officer.

“We have carefully considered the number of people currently accessing National Parks and recreation areas and have taken the decision to close these specific areas which are still attracting a high number of people.”

Increased signage will be in place to inform the public of closures but you can check Park Alerts online for the full list and latest information.

“The message is clear – the more we stay at home and away from other people, the more we save lives and if we need to do more, we will,” Ms Enoch said.

National Parks and State Forests affected by the closures include:

Beerburrum East State Forest  Coochin creek
Beerwah State Forest  Glass House Mountains Lookout
Bribie Island Recreation Area  Including Main Beach, Ocean Beach and lagoons
Cooloola Recreation Area  Including Teewah Beach and Double Island Point
Crows Nest National Park  Day use area
Danbulla National Park and State Forest  Tinaroo all day use areas
Kondalilla National Park  Day use area and rockpools walk
Main Range National Park  The Crest day use area
Mapleton Falls National Park  Lookout
Mount Coolum National Park  Summit Track
Noosa National Park  Laguna Lookout; Noosa day use area; Noosa Coastal Walking Track (higher risk sections)
Springbrook National Park  Gwongorella; Natural Bridge; Purlingbrook Falls
Tamborine National Park  Cedar Creek Falls section