South East Queenslanders wanting to go four-wheel driving this weekend will be happy to hear that Fraser, Stradbroke and Moreton islands will reopen for day trips as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Stage 1 easing of travel restrictions means local four-wheel drivers can once again visit the popular islands of the South East Queensland coast, but only for the day as overnight stays are still not allowed.
From Saturday, Queenslanders will be allowed to travel up to 150km in their region for day trips, with the hope that camping will be allowed by the time the next school holidays roll around.
While camping is still not allowed under Stage 1 easing of travel restrictions, this could change with the expected introduction of Stage 2 on 12 June, which will allow for camping and overnight stays in caravan parks and other types of accommodation, as well as travel up to 250km from people’s homes.
Furthermore, outback Queenslanders will be able to travel up to 500km from tomorrow and stay with family and friends, or at other available accommodation, while dining in pubs and cafes for up to 20 locals will be allowed, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities.
Stage 3 will go a step further, and will include a review of border closures.
“All things going well, from June school holidays, Queenslanders will be able to drive and stay at accommodation for the first time since the pandemic hit,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“These are sensible, gradual steps to a safe COVID recovery that reconnects our communities and keeps the economy moving,” the Premier said.
“Last weekend we announced the first wave of eased restrictions and Queenslanders did us proud. Let’s keep it up to move to stages two and three. We want to keep taking steps forward, not backwards. We don’t want to undo all our good work.”
For full details on the easing of travel restrictions in Queensland head to this link.