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Camp with care

Brett Roberts © Queensland Government

Camp with care

Camp with care

When camping in Queensland’s parks and forests it’s important to look after yourself and the environment. Before you book, ensure you select a camping area that suits your needs and check you have all the necessary tools and equipment to make your stay safe and enjoyable. Be gentle on the environment and consider the impact of your activities.

Read stay safe and visit with care for important information about staying safe, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Reduce the risk of damage to surrounding vegetation by setting up your tent, caravan or camper in a designated camping area and/or site. Don’t tie ropes to trees or other vegetation.
  • You can use generators in some camping areas but conditions apply. Know the rules before plugging in.
  • If having a camp fire is important, check they are allowed in the park before you book. On the day, also check:
  • Bring clean firewood with you as collecting from the park is prohibited. Ensure you are camp fire safe. Use fire rings where provided.
  • If you’re bush camping and 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.
  • Empty chemical toilets at approved dump points, not in our parks’ toilets.
  • When planning your trip, pack to minimise rubbish. Use the bins provided or take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • When water isn’t provided, bring enough for all your drinking, cooking and cleaning. Treat all water collected in the park.
  • Wildlife doesn’t need your food and, if fed, can become problems in camping areas. Keep your camp site free from scraps and ensure your food is carefully stowed.
  • Help protect our parks by ensuring you don’t carry pests in footwear, clothing, boats, vehicles and gear.
  • Some state forest areas and recreation areas allow dogs in camping areas. Leave domestic animals at home when camping in national parks and other areas.
  • Be considerate of the wildlife and other campers by minimising noise.
  • Protect the 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.

Camping and turtles

If you’re beach camping during the marine turtle nesting and hatching season (November to March) remember:

  • Bright lights and noises disturb nesting and hatchling turtles. Disturbed females may return to sea without laying their eggs.
  • Camp and boat lights should not be visible from nesting areas. Cook early, shield camp lights and use small torches to find your way around.
  • Never shine lights on turtles leaving the water, moving up the beach or digging nesting chambers.
  • You can quietly approach the female once egg-laying has started (usually about 10mins after digging has stopped). Use a dim torch if you need to.