It's time to go camping again

Queenslanders able to go camping across the state.

In another move designed to help Queensland’s struggling tourism industry amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the State Government has allowed camping to recommence. 

Queenslanders are now able to book and enjoy a camping getaway in the state’s National Parks, forests and recreation areas. 

Minister for Environment and Science Leeanne Enoch said now was the perfect time for a winter camping escape.

“Queenslanders love a camping holiday,” Ms Enoch said. 

“We have some of the most beautiful national parks in the world and it’s great to see so much enthusiasm from people to get out and support local tourism and businesses.”

People camping on the beach

Along with the reopening of camping and recreation areas, facilities such as picnic tables and barbecues that service the camping facilities will also reopen. Public shower facilities, however, will remain closed.

Ms Enoch said while the campgrounds and most facilities were now open to the public, bookings were essential. 

“As has always been the case, make sure you go online to get the right camping and vehicle access permits,” Ms Enoch said. 

“Capacity in some locations may be reduced to maintain appropriate numbers for social distancing in the interests of community health and in line with Queensland Health directions.

“Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers are working hard to ensure that Queenslanders are kept safe when visiting our world class national parks and state forests.”

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Though the restrictions have eased, some campgrounds including Cooloola and Bribie Island recreation areas will restrict visitor numbers and require visitors to provide a COVID-19 Access Authority form to enter. 

COVID-19 Access Authorities are available online for free in addition to the standard requirements of purchasing vehicle access and camping permits. The forms are a mandatory requirement for access to these four-wheel-drive recreation areas.

Booking information:

All camping bookings must be made online and will not be accepted by telephone. For reservations, please visit qld.gov.au/camping.

Family camping