The Department of Environment and Science have recently advised that the current ban on campfires will continue indefinitely within the Cooloola Recreation Area. This decision was made following an ecological assessment of bushfire impacts from the 2019/20 bushfires and an assessment of the Fraser Island (K’gari) bushfire.

Currently, only cooking and heating appliances that meet the below requirements are permitted.

  • The appliance must use only manufactured fuel. Manufactured fuel does not include timber or wood.
  • It must be used for cooking and/or heating only.
  • It must be 20cm off the ground and well away from vegetation.
  • They do not have the potential to generate airborne embers or possibly ignite nearby ground fuels.
  • They must be fully contained and never left unattended when in use.
  • Appliances that are not fully self-contained, such as braziers, are not permitted.
  • All appliances, materials and fuels (e.g. heat beads) must be removed from the recreation area on your departure.

On the spot fines of $667 can be issued to people who light fires while camping or visiting Teewah Beach.

Due to the terminology of ‘indefinitely’, and a separate advised date of September 2021, we have requested that this comes for consultation to the next Teewah Cooloola Working Group.

For more information visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/20766