Australian Camping Restrictions With Coronavirus & COVID19

UPDATED MAY 11

Camping is in the Australian culture of braving the elements, seeing wildlife, having a few drinks with friends and enjoying a nice camp fire. However, every aspect of our lives have been affected with the recent COVID19 pandemic.

Popular areas to camp were closed on 26 March 2020 and all camping bookings starting before or on May 31st were cancelled. Refunds of 4WD permits and camping permits were allowed and can still be done through Queensland National Parks Booking Service.

Bookings that were due to begin on the 1st of June are still valid at this time, however no new camping requests are being accepted which means you may have to wait another month to pitch a tent.

With social distancing and self-isolation Aussies are now itching to get back to the Great Outdoors and head to the coast. Because isolation rules and regulations are decided by each individual State, we will try to keep this page up to date with the latest information as it becomes available.

As of May 8th you are still only allowed to drive within 50km to access a camp site, keep the amount of people to minimum and it’s unadvisable to touch hand rails or use public picnic tables and seating.

EDIT: Australia begins to ease camping restrictions in light of Australia “flattening the curve”

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National Parks and Camping Restrictions in QLD

The Department of Environment and Science have begun re-opening camping and other recreational areas from May 1st as Queensland begins to ease the COVID-19 restrictions.

Some camp sites and areas have been re-opened but with some specific areas still remaining closed and off limits.

Access to camp sites as of May 8th is still limited to those within 50km of your home.

Open Camp Sites and Parks in Queensland

Below is a list of Open Camp Sites in Queensland and will be kept updated as the Corona Virus restrictions ease up and allow us to enjoy the great camping and nature that our country has to offer.

Camp Site / Park Camping Day Use Areas Closed Areas Park Alert
Beerwah State Forest Yes Yes Click Here
Crows Nest National Park No Yes Rockpools Click Here
Danbualla National Park No Yes Click Here
Glass House Mountains National Park Yes Yes Click Here
Great Sandy Marine Park No Yes Request to access Fraser Island K'gari via Mariners Click Here
Hinchinbrook Island National Park No Yes Click Here
Kondalilla National Park No Yes Click Here
Main Range National Park Yes Yes Click Here
Mapletone Falls National Park No Yes Click Here
Mt Barney National Park No Yes Click Here
Moogerah Peaks National Park No Yes Click Here
Mount Coolum National Park No Yes Click Here
Noosa National Park No Yes Car park closed Click Here
Paluma Range National Park No Yes Big Crystal Creek and Little Crystal Creek swimming areas are closed Click Here
Springbrook National Park No Yes Gwongorella, Purlingbrook Falls and Tallanbana trail are closed Click Here
Tamborine National Park No Yes Cedar Creek Falls is closed Click Here
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre No Yes DiscoveryCentre, Enoggera Dam and SEQWater Trails Closed Click Here
Wooroonooran Yes Yes Josephine Falls is closed Click Here

Camping Restrictions in NSW

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has put out information that was updated on 11 May.

On March 26 the NPWS body declared that no camping is permitted in national parks and all of their cabins, cottages and other accomdation will be closed as well as most of their visitor centres.

On March 30th the Ministor for Health and Medical Research signed the Public Health (COVID-19) Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020

As well as hiking tracks and grounds, the BBQ, toilets, picic tables and other public facilities such as look out points are also closed.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the restriction of camping sites and national parks in New South Wales.

Closed Camp Sites and National Parks in NSW

The NPWS keeps an updated list of sites that are closed. To find out more head here: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/popular-sites-closed-covid

Below is a list of which sites are closed:

Sydney and surrounds

North Coast

South Coast

Snowy Mountains

Country NSW

Murray-Riverina

The NPWS has decided to make this decision on a case-by-case basis. 

Head to the alerts list to check the current status: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

If you booked through the NPWS and the area is currently closed then you will be getting contacted by the NPWS which will issue a refund.

If you are booked through a different body, then you will have to contact the mfor more information.

Camping Restrictions in VIC

The Victorian Government is also enforcing restrictions on camping and asking the locals to stay home and not head out to during the COVID-19 epidemic.

An update was released on May 11 the Premier Daniel Andrews announced that while restrictions are easing in Victoria, camping is still currently not permitted. 

National Parks, beaches and hiking trails are open.

Here is the quote by the Premier:

In terms of travel, state parks will reopen, and Victorians can drive to the beach for a surf or to trails for hikes, but camping won’t be permitted.

Premier Daniel Andrews

Closed Camp Sites and National Parks in VIC

This is the current list of closed campgrounds and parks in Victoria as of 11 May.

  • Coolart Homestead – the Homestead is closed until further notice. The surrounding gardens and wetlands remain open to visitors.
  • Ferntree Gully Education Centre – this building in the Dandenong Ranges National Park is closed until further notice.
  • Great Otway National Park – entire site is closed until further notice, except for local community members to exercise only.
  • Kurth Kiln – buildings are closed until further notice.
  • Lighthouses – all lighthouses, lighthouse complexes and associated buildings are closed until further notice.
  • Mackenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park – closed for the duration of term two school holiday period (28 March – 13 April 2020).
  • Redwood Forest visitor site in the Yarra Ranges National Park – entire site is closed until further notice.
  • St Kilda Pier – the pier remains open however, the penguin viewing platform is closed until further notice. Fencing is now in place along the breakwater preventing access to the penguin viewing platform. 
  • State Coal Mine – whole reserve is closed and tours are suspended until further notice.
  • Steiglitz Historic Area – buildings are closed until further notice.
  • Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre and lookouts – closed until further notice. The carpark and toilets at the Visitor Centre will remain open. Access to the Great Ocean Road and other visitor attractions are currently unaffected.
  • Werribee Park – the historic precinct including Mansion, historic gardens and outbuildings are closed. The Victoria State Rose Garden and public regional park will remain open to visitors.

Camping Restrictions in NT

The Northern Territory was subject to a lockdown of camp sites and national parks, but on Friday 1 May some sites have had their restrictions listed.

You can find updated lists and events on Northern Territory Camping Restrictions here: https://dtsc.nt.gov.au/covid-19-information-for-stakeholders/parks-and-reserves-whats-open

Closed Camp Sites and National Parks in NT

Tennant Creek and Barkly region

Open but no camping or swimming permitted

Central Australia region

Open but no camping or swimming permitted

Open Camp Sites and National Parks in NT

Top End region

Katherine region

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