|Queenslanders embrace camping
After the recent announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that Stage 2 restrictions were being lifted early, Tablelanders will now be able to dust off their tents or hook up the caravan as campgrounds re-open.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the re-opening of camping grounds beside dams was part of Stage 2 COVID-19 roadmap to easing restrictions.
“Queenslander can now travel to and camp at a range of state-owned dams, lakes and weirs such as far north Queensland’s Tinaroo Dam,” Dr Lynham said.
“The Government wants to support tourism in Queensland and camping holidays are a terrific way to support tourism.
“I encourage Queenslanders to book a spot, pack up the car, and get out and enjoy Queensland’s outdoor areas.
“Campers should call ahead and check to see if and when these camping grounds are open if they have availability as some are still completing works started during the shutdown.
“Of course, it is important however that everyone sticks to the rules so we can remain safe.
“This includes maintaining social distance and limiting gatherings/camp groups to no more than 20 people.”
The Department of Environment and Science has confirmed that camping sites within the Danbulla State Forest around Lake Tinaroo are now open including: Platypus camping area, Downfall Creek, Kauri Creek, School Point, Fong-On Bay and Curri Curri bush camping.
Gary Anderson who runs the Atherton Caravan park with his wife Karen said the phone has been running hot since the lifting of restrictions.
“I’m getting phone calls from far and wide and also from people looking for jobs,” he said
“We are getting a lot of enquires about medical visits and people who are hoping to bring their caravan to the Tablelands over the holidays.
“We are getting a lot of phone calls from people checking out prices and tyre kicking but we’ve also had a few good bookings as well.
“Most people have been from out west, I haven’t had many calls from the South East corner yet.”
Mr Anderson said the reopening of the caravan park meant strict COVID-19 rules and cleaning programs
“We now have a bit more paperwork that we have to fill out and a very strict and regulated cleaning routine that we need to abide by.”
Queensland fossicking areas are also open in line with Queensland’s easing of restrictions and the state government has warned Queenslanders to observe social distancing measures and other health directives.