Campers urged to stay safe as Oma moves closer
CAMPERS are being warned to stay safe and plan ahead as Cyclone Oma moves closer to Queensland, with no new camping permits to be issues for some open beach camping areas.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) said there were no current plans to close the Great Sandy National Park, the Cooloola Recreation Area or the Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, but some camping areas which may be impacted by storm surges or strong winds will be restricted.
No new camping permits will be issued for the open beach camping areas of K'gari, Moreton Island, Teewah Beach or Bribie Island until conditions improve. Vehicle access permits remain available.
QPWS has issued park alerts for all of the southeast coastal parks advising campers to expect strong winds, large swell and abnormally high tides.
QPWS has contacted all current camping and vehicle permit holders to inform them of the expected conditions and asked them to reconsider their plans to travel over the coming week.
Rangers will also be visiting campers to speak with them directly about the developing weather situation.
Drivers are reminded to drive with extreme care when driving on exposed beaches and plan to only travel at low tide, if safe to do so.
Some beaches may become impassable even at low tide and driving over vegetated dunes is not allowed. On-the-spot fines can apply. QPWS rangers and Queensland Police will be conducting additional patrols over the coming week.
QPWS is closely monitoring the situation and will take action to ensure camper safety as needed.
All campers are reminded to check Park Alerts before leaving home as conditions may change quickly.