Motorist urged to stay on track when visiting Minjerribah

Issued: 13 December 2019

Rangers on Minjerribah will be undertaking regular patrols during the school holidays with a strong focus on illegal motor bike use and unsafe use of motor vehicles.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), joint managers of the Naree Budjong Djara National Park and Minjerribah Recreation Area, are both concerned over the illegal use of motor bikes in the national park and recreation area.

Area Manager Ross Belcher said reckless driving was damaging the fragile vegetation on sand dunes where endangered sea turtles and shorebirds nest.

“Riding over dunes, creating new tracks, entering culturally significant areas and reckless behaviour by motor bikes is damaging the natural and cultural values of Minjerribah and putting people’s lives at risk” Mr Belcher said.

“Motor bikes, quad-bikes and all-wheel-drive vehicles without full low range function are not permitted in the recreation area.

“On-the-spot fines of $266 will be issued to riders and drivers caught doing the wrong thing.

“Drivers should also be aware all Queensland road rules apply on Minjerribah beaches and inland tracks - they can be fined for speeding and drink or drug driving by the Queensland Police Service.”

Please respect Quandamooka culture and special places when driving on Minjerribah by:

  • Using only designated vehicle tracks and beach access points.
  • Keeping to the speed limits as sign posted, and 60km/hr on beaches.
  • Not driving on Flinders and Main beaches 1hr either side of high tide.
  • Ensure your four-wheel drive vehicle is road registered and the driver is licenced.
  • Purchasing a vehicle access permit if driving in Minjerribah Recreation Area which includes Main and Flinders beaches and beach camping areas.
  • Ensure your vehicle permit is displayed correctly before driving in the recreation area.
  • Give away to pedestrians and wildlife on the beach. Children are unpredictable and may not hear vehicles approaching above the sound of the surf and wind.

For more information about driving on Minjerribah or to purchase your vehicle permit contact Minjerribah Camping or phone 07 3409 9668.

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is the traditional lands of the Quandamooka people who hold native title over most of Minjerribah land and sea country.