Stay safe and visit with care
Stay safe and make your visit to Queensland’s national parks memorable for all the right reasons.
Enjoy your visit, keep yourself safe and help look after our parks by following these tips.
- Regularly check:
- Always heed on-site information and signs.
- Check what facilities are provided and which activities are permitted in the park and forest you are planning to visit.
- Some state forest areas and recreation areas allow dogs. Leave domestic animals at home when visiting national parks and other areas.
- Ensure your vehicles, boats and equipment are safe and in good working order.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000). Consider taking a satellite phone, personal locator beacon (PLB) or another form of communication into areas that do not have good mobile coverage.
- Take a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
- Stay on marked walking tracks, trails and roads and heed all signs.
- Bring sufficient food and drinking water. Treat all water that you collect in the park.
- Be sun-smart.
- Wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellant to protect yourself from scratches and insect bites and stings.
- Remember smoking restrictions now apply!
- Take your rubbish with you if bins aren’t provided.
- The use of chainsaws and firearms is not permitted.
- If toilets aren’t provided, move well away from camp sites, walking tracks and creeks, and use a trowel to bury waste at least 15cm deep. Bag all personal hygiene products including disposable nappies and take them away for appropriate disposal in rubbish bins.
- If having an open fire is important, check they are allowed before you arrive. Bring clean firewood as you can’t collect it from the park. Use fire rings where provided and always make sure you are camp fire safe.
- Wildlife doesn’t need your food and, if fed, can become demanding and aggressive.
- Protect waterways by minimising the use of soaps and detergents. Use gritty sand and a scourer instead of detergent to clean dishes and scatter water so that it filters through the soil.
- Respect historic sites and Indigenous culture. Rock art and other historic remnants within parks and forests are easily damaged and irreplaceable.
Pest plants and animals can hitch a ride on your footwear, clothing, boats, vehicles and gear. Invisible pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, are transported in soil and mud and can kill native plants and animals. Our national parks, including our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area islands, need your help to remain pest-free.
Before you visit, please check that your boat (if visiting an island), clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil, seeds, parts of plants, eggs, insects, spiders, lizards, toads, rats and mice.
Be sure to:
- Unpack your camping gear and equipment and check it carefully as pests love to hide in stored camping gear.
- Clean soil from footwear and gear as invisible killers such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are carried in soil.
- Check pockets, cuffs and velcro for seeds.
While you are in the park (or on an island), remove soil, weeds, seeds and pests from your boat, gear and clothes before moving to a new site. Wrap seeds and plant material, and place them in your rubbish.
Everyone in Queensland has a general biosecurity obligation to minimise the biosecurity risk posed by their activities. This includes the risk of introducing and spreading weeds and pests to national parks and island national parks.
Read more about how to be pest-free when you visit the Great Barrier Reef islands.