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SEQ park users should check alerts as bad weather approaches

18 February 2015

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has put out a storm alert for national parks and State forests in south-east Queensland – including many parks and forests away from the coastline – as bad weather approaches.

QPWS Executive Director Regional Operations East, Neil Cambourn, said the Bureau of Meteorology’s severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf for coastal and inland areas meant that parks and forests may be affected from Thursday 19 February.

“We’ve stopped issuing camping permits for Sunshine and Fraser Coast parks and forests until conditions improve,” Mr Cambourn said.

“If conditions deteriorate, people should expect temporary closures or restrictions that will affect campers and other recreational users. This will include Fraser Island, Cooloola, and Jimna and Imbil State forests.

“Parks outside those areas are likely to be affected, such as Bribie and Moreton islands, Main Range west of Brisbane, and Byfield north of Yeppoon.

“Rangers are going to campgrounds today and recommending that campers leave.

“If you are camping, please follow these tips:

  • Set up camps well above high tide level.
  • Don't drive through flood waters.
  • Be prepared to pack up and leave quickly, as some camping and day-use areas can flood, cutting off access.

“Stay informed of closures and weather conditions:

“Check park alerts at,” Mr Cambourn said.

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Last updated
18 February 2015