The Carlo Sand Blow is one of the real highlights of walking through Cooloola. PHOTO: Craig Warhurst
The Carlo Sand Blow is one of the real highlights of walking through Cooloola. PHOTO: Craig Warhurst

Noosa’s great oudoors back open for business

The wilderness charms of Noosa North Shore and Cooloola are beckoning more and more as the Great Sandy Information Centre at Tewantin’s North Shore ferry crossing is back in business for bookings.

Once again those keen to get their fix as the COVID-19 restrictions ease back further can purchase camping and vehicle access permits (VAP) over the counter or via self-serve kiosks within the building.

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As well, camping tags and VAP stickers are available 24 hours outside the building for those who have booked using their own device.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff members are providing information on restricted access areas daily from 8am to 3pm .

The QPWS rangers advise COVID-19 safety measures must be observed with 1.5m social distancing rules and good hygiene required when visiting the centre.

Tourism Minister Leeanne Enoch said the limit on the number of people who can stay in QPWS camping grounds has been increased, boosting local tourism as part of Queensland’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.

Ms Enoch said since campground bookings reopened throughout Queensland in early June, thousands of Queenslanders had already camped in national parks and that will increase as with the border reopening last Friday.

Teewah Beach, seen here pre-COVID-19 cutbacks, has some fallen rock issues as the return to camping gears up more as restrictions ease back further.
Teewah Beach, seen here pre-COVID-19 cutbacks, has some fallen rock issues as the return to camping gears up more as restrictions ease back further.

“More than 30,600 camping bookings and more than 16,700 vehicle access permits have been issued since bookings reopened, a sure sign that Queensland is Good to Go,” the minister said.

“Queensland is managing the health response to COVID-19, which means we’ve started delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“Part of our plan to manage the worldwide economic impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic is supporting traditional industries like tourism.

“It will be now be easier for more families, friends and interstate visitors to pitch a tent and be camping under the stars,” Ms Enoch said.

COVID-19 restricted access area authority and vehicle access permits can be purchased from http://qpws.bookeasy.com

CAMPING ALERTS

Cooloola: Wildfire activity has caused significant damage in the Freshwater Creek section of Cooloola Recreation Area. Freshwater Lake access track, and carpark are closed until further notice.

The Freshwater day use and camping area are open as is the Freshwater road access.

As a result of damage due to wildfire, the Cooloola Wilderness Trail is temporarily closed until declared safe. The temporary closure includes Neebs Waterhole and Wandi Waterhole camping areas.

Noosa North Shore is increasingly the best place to be to kick back and relax from the COVID-19 stresses.
Noosa North Shore is increasingly the best place to be to kick back and relax from the COVID-19 stresses.

Until further notice, Fig Tree walk is closed. Fig Tree Point camping and day use area are accessible but not via Figtree walk which crosses Kin Kin Creek, as the bridge was washed away. Planning for a new bridge is underway.

Teewah Beach: Some restrictions to the camping area are in place following rocks dislodging from the sand dunes in the area. There have been instances of dislodged rocks throughout the camping area resulting in large boulders rolling into camp sites at the base of the foredunes and posing a risk to campers.

QPWS has engaged an expert geotechnical company to assess the issue and provide advice for minimising the risk to park visitors.

High risk areas are marked by fencing and safety signs. Visitors are required to stay outside the marked areas.

QPWS also recommends people do not climb on the dunes and ensure children are kept off the dunes and out of high risk areas. On the spot fines may be issued for people not adhering to the regulations.


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