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 gas or manufactured fuel (heat beads, briquettes). Manufactured fuel does not include timber or wood. It must be used only for cooking and/or heating.
  • It must be a minimum of 20cm off the ground and more than 2m from flammable material, which includes vegetation.
  • It must not have the potential to generate airborne embers, or possibly ignite nearby ground fuels.
  • It must be fully self-contained (heat source enclosed and no exposed flame) and never be left unattended when in use.
  • All appliances, materials and burnt fuel must be removed from the protected 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.

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