More day-use areas and walking tracks in national parks and state forests across Queensland will reopen this weekend, as part of the Stage One relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) and K’gari (Fraser Island) will reopen this weekend to beach driving, but only for day-use visitors with a valid Vehicle Access Permit.
Camping and overnight accommodation is not permitted.
The remaining areas in Springbrook National Park including Gwongorella day use and picnic areas, Purlingbrook Falls, and Tallanbana trail head will also be reopened to visitors.
Minister for the Environment Leeanne Enoch said Queenslanders should be congratulated for helping to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus but stressed the need to remain vigilant.
“From this weekend, more popular day-use areas, breathtaking walking tracks and iconic sand islands are reopening to allow Queenslanders to enjoy our natural environment with family and friends,” Minister Enoch said.
“The reopening of more of these popular areas comes after sites in selected national parks and state forests reopened on 1 May.
“It’s still important though, that people follow social distancing measures by staying 1.5m apart, not gather in large groups, observing all signs and observing the Chief Health Officer’s guidelines.
“The distance people can travel from home has been extended to 150 kilometres in Stage 1.
“However, it is important to remember that if an area is busy or crowded, please go somewhere else.
“Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) rangers will be monitoring visitor use with a focus on social distancing rules and will take enforcement action where necessary.
“It’s very important that all visitors check Park Alerts for the most up-to-date information before leaving home,” Ms Enoch said.
Some facilities like barbeques will become progressively available over the next week but campgrounds in national parks remain closed.
For detailed information on the reopening of the state’s national parks and state forests including available facilities, visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/covid-19/.
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch