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No new visitors to K'gari (Fraser Island)
Issued: 27 November 2020
Access to K’gari (Fraser Island) has been restricted to further visitors in the interests of public safety due to a bushfire which continues to burn across 72,000 hectares (42 per cent) of the island.
From 5pm today (Friday 27 November 2020), no new visitors will be allowed onto the island.
There are 900 campers currently on the island who will be allowed to stay if they wish, however, extensions to their current bookings will not be available.
Barge services will continue to operate to allow essential services to access the island, and to allow campers and residents to leave.
Bookings from tomorrow and onwards will be cancelled until further notice, and campers will be notified with refunds provided.
If you have a camping and associated vehicle access permit booked to visit K’gari and are not able to access the island, you will receive a refund.
Permit holders are also able to manage their booking any time via www.qld.gov.au/camping.
We are encouraging those on the island to look out for any signage and listen to and comply with any instructions from rangers or emergency services personnel, and listen to local media/radio.
The current fire is a dynamic situation, and while it is not currently presenting any threats to life and property, we ask everyone on the island to remain alert to the potential for any change in conditions.
While many popular spots on the island remain open, campgrounds such as Dundubara and some eastern beach camp sites as well as access tracks in the middle of the island and the west coast, are closed as a safety precaution.
These closures not only protect the public but assist crews in undertaking important containment and suppression operations.
Our top priority is the safety of people on the island and the protection of property.
Our highly-skilled firefighting crews are well prepared and well-resourced and are working hard on the fire ground.
The community can be assured that QPWS, QFES and our partner agencies are doing everything necessary to fight this fire.
For the latest advice, please visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts or by following us on Twitter at @QldParkAlerts.
MEDIA NOTE: Please find a link to the latest (Friday November 27, 2020) press conference https://livestream.com/qfes/events/8325070