Be prepared to camp over the September holidays

Issued: 18 September 2020

Queenslanders are being encouraged to be prepared and make sure they have the necessary gear, booking and permits before pitching their tents this September school holidays.

Ranger Jolene McLellan said the Department of Environment and Science is expecting campers to head off over the coming days with Term 3 of school finishing today.

“We want to make sure everyone has a great camping experience in one of our National Parks, State Forests or islands, but there is a checklist people need to go through first,” Ranger McLellan said.

“First and foremost, do you have a booking at one of our campgrounds? A booking is essential prior to leaving home.

“We’re also urging campers to ensure they have the correct vehicle access authority before leaving home – bookings and permits are essential otherwise you won’t be able to pitch your tent.

“It’s also important to see what facilities are available at your destination such as toilets and showers.

“In some cases, you may need to take a portable toilet with you.

“At the end of your holiday, make sure your campsite is clean and take your rubbish with you.”

Ranger McLellan said to make sure the car is packed with plenty of provisions.

“Don’t forget a torch with spare batteries, plenty of food and water, a well-stocked first aid kit, and a battery powered radio,” she said.

“Let someone know of your plans particularly if you’re heading to a remote camping spot – and check in regularly.

Instructions on how to obtain the necessary permits to visit these areas are available at Queensland National Parks booking system and COVID-19 Restricted Access Area Authority.

For more information, visit Park Alerts and follow Queensland Health guidelines before you travel to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 advice.