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All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 25 Mar, 2020 6:19 pm

All Qld Nationàl Parks camp areas are closed due to Corona Virus as of tomorrow 26th March.
Applies until June 30.

Walking tracks are still open (excluding overnighters)

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17764.html

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 25 Mar, 2020 6:52 pm

https://www.seqwater.com.au/news/recrea ... F40DYC3i4E all SEQ water closed as well even to walking tracks. Lake Manchester, Gold Creek, Walk About Creek.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Fri 03 Apr, 2020 7:17 pm

Another baby step towards full National Park closure....Gathering hotspots in parks now closed.

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/covid-19/

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 08 Apr, 2020 1:26 pm

The right choice given everything going on right now, I had plans to do the Sunshine Coast Great Walk over the Easter Break but instead I'll use this time to get my pack weight down and learn a few more knots for my tarp.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 08 Apr, 2020 4:01 pm

I got a warning from the police last Saturday returning to the car from an off track walk in the scenic rim. They said it was unnecessary travel. We were some of the most isolated people on the rim that day. Went for a walk around the block yesterday and passed a total of 62 people

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 29 Apr, 2020 7:02 am

Slowly reopening...if you live within a 50km radius. :)

No camping yet though...

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/covid-19/

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 29 Apr, 2020 9:52 am

Same goes for SEQwater recreation areas.

https://www.seqwater.com.au/news/recrea ... 2-may-2020

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Sat 09 May, 2020 10:24 pm

June 12th - date for Camping being allowed again

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Sat 09 May, 2020 11:02 pm

Within 250k. From July 10 all of Qld as I read it and if it goes to plan. I've had my Tasmanian trip cancelled for late June but at least I can head out for a few nights camping down Lamington NP and the like.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Sun 10 May, 2020 4:34 pm

Stage 1 from 15th May

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Stage 2 from June 12th

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Stage 3 from July 10th
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Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 11 May, 2020 10:22 am

Here is a quick calculator for you under stage one restrictions

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD.html

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 11 May, 2020 11:19 am

tastrax wrote:Here is a quick calculator for you under stage one restrictions

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD.html


We're good for a 150kms under stage 1. :wink:

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 11 May, 2020 11:34 am

ofuros wrote:
tastrax wrote:Here is a quick calculator for you under stage one restrictions

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD.html


We're good for a 150kms under stage 1. :wink:


Does it differ in the regions? 'Outback' get to travel further do they?

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 11 May, 2020 11:46 am

Try these

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD_Stage_1.html

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD_Stage_2.html

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 11 May, 2020 12:12 pm

tastrax wrote:
ofuros wrote:
tastrax wrote:Here is a quick calculator for you under stage one restrictions

http://wyatt-family.com/temp/Covid_QLD.html


We're good for a 150kms under stage 1. :wink:


Does it differ in the regions? 'Outback' get to travel further do they?


The short version & subject to change. :wink:

Stage 1 Most Qlders...Recreation travel 150kms. Outback 500kms recreation travel if you live there.

Stage 2 Most Qlders...Recreation travel 250kms. Outback recreation travel if you live there.

Stage 3 Interstate border travel begins to open up.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Mon 01 Jun, 2020 7:06 pm

Just watched the news...As of 12noon today.
Apparently Stage 2 has kicked in 2weeks early...camping in Qld National Parks now allowed.

Not updated on the Qld National Parks website yet though...

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Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Tue 02 Jun, 2020 5:33 am

OMG !... It's official, they're open for camping. 8)
https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/?id=17827

Now, are my Covid walking legs up to the challenge or are they going to turn to jelly on the 1st steep ascent. :lol:

Overnight winter wanders here we come.... :wink:

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Tue 02 Jun, 2020 2:11 pm

Booked Rat-a-tat for an excuse to shake the legs and test all the new gear I convinced myself I needed during quarantine :) Excited to see what adventures people have planned

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 03 Jun, 2020 9:29 pm

warloch wrote:Booked Rat-a-tat for an excuse to shake the legs and test all the new gear I convinced myself I needed during quarantine :) Excited to see what adventures people have planned


I just booked it for next week too, haven't been since Feb of last year and the foot pad was terrible - has it improved at all since then?

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 04 Jun, 2020 11:26 am

ofuros wrote:Now, are my Covid walking legs up to the challenge or are they going to turn to jelly on the 1st steep ascent.


Lucky you! I'm still recovering from an ankle fracture! :( I still can't believe this happened. I was going to hike Leaning Peak this Sat. but had to postpone it until the 20th of this month. Not fully able to walk well...plus the lack of fitness for not hiking since late last year. It's going to be a tough hike.

Hope you enjoy yours. :)

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 04 Jun, 2020 6:01 pm

has it improved at all since then?

I haven't been that way since before you did it, but I think everything's going to be pretty sketchy. Between the bushfires and then COVID none of the parks have seen much traffic this year, even along the graded NP tracks.
I'm still recovering from an ankle fracture! :(

Bad luck :cry: hope you have a speedy recovery.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 04 Jun, 2020 7:28 pm

gbagua wrote:
ofuros wrote:Now, are my Covid walking legs up to the challenge or are they going to turn to jelly on the 1st steep ascent.


Lucky you! I'm still recovering from an ankle fracture! :( I still can't believe this happened. I was going to hike Leaning Peak this Sat. but had to postpone it until the 20th of this month. Not fully able to walk well...plus the lack of fitness for not hiking since late last year. It's going to be a tough hike.

Hope you enjoy yours. :)


Now that's a bit of badluck, gbagua...heal & hopefully you'll be out & about before you know it.

I'm just planning an easy overnighter on a freezing, windy, moonlit summit somewhere on the Main Range...waking up with the morning sun to a breathtaking view with a bit of luck. Enjoying what we've all missed for so long. I'll be thinking of you. :wink:

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Fri 05 Jun, 2020 9:20 am

Thanks guys and ofuros you'll have great weather (just bit cold though) ahead of you this w/end. Have fun! ;)

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Tue 16 Jun, 2020 3:45 pm

If anyone else is fond of Springbrook but generally avoids it because of the teeming hordes of humans, now's the time, because it's EMPTY! I went up today, did the Purlingbrook/Warringa Pool/Great Walk to the road circuit and saw only 5 people on the entire track. I don't think it's been that quiet since the forestry days. The pool at the bottom of the Falls had only two people in it :o ! Usually it's busier than the Chermside Aquatic Centre, even on weekdays.
Anyway, get in quick because I'm sure it won't last long.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 17 Jun, 2020 10:27 am

Did Warrie last weekend. Busy as hell on weekends still.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Wed 17 Jun, 2020 7:24 pm

That's too bad, maybe I just got super lucky.
If anyone was planning to head to the Cream Track be aware that according to their website it's closed until 30th June for repairs. There also seemed to be a lot of construction traffic coming in and out of the newly acquired NP sections along Repeater Station Road, though I didn't stop to investigate.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 18 Jun, 2020 9:00 am

Thanks for the the heads up on the Cream Track & newly acquired sections, Lyrebird.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 25 Jun, 2020 7:02 pm

The Binna Burra end of Lamington NP is still closed...until the end of August. Updated yesterday.

Re: All Qld NP camp areas closed

Thu 25 Jun, 2020 7:47 pm

My hunch is that it will stay closed until the road reopens, which is co-incidentally scheduled for August. I suspect that Parks don't want people overestimating their walking ability, launching out from the O'Reilly end of the Border Track and finding themselves short on time at the Binna Burra end with no easy way out.

About a fortnight ago I found out the hard way (i.e. through lack of planning; cue quick detour to Natural Bridge and boy, hasn't that turned into a theme park :|) that the great walk section from Numinbah Valley to Binna Burra is also still closed; officially for 'unstable conditions' but I'd guess that the access restrictions play a part. It may miraculously become more stable in August :mrgreen:
According to the Qld Police Officer I spoke to at the border crossing, there is no restriction on walking up from the Numinbah Gate to Bushranger's Cave/Mount Wagawn, but that was never an official walk anyway.
Interesting video about the road reconstruction with some great drone footage of the work in progress...
https://www.facebook.com/53913577946600 ... 6527498331
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