Queensland travel restrictions | What’s open in September 2021?

With restrictions being implemented across South East Queensland, we’ve got a complete guide on what you can and can’t do in the Sunshine State.

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While lockdown in South East Queensland has ended, travel to regional Queensland should be avoided at this time. Throughout the state, 13 local government areas (LGAs) including Brisbane and the Gold Coast are designated impacted areas with some restrictions in place, while Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs are out of lockdown as of Wednesday 11 August 2021 with some restrictions still in place.

If you're curious about what's open, where in the Sunshine State you can go and what's still closed, then we've got you covered.

Accommodation in Queensland

People residing in South East Queensland should avoid travelling while restrictions are still in place. Anyone in lockdown is prohibited from travelling.

Queenslanders outside of impacted areas may travel freely within the state with no restriction on how far or for how long they can travel. However, there are gathering limits of 100 people to consider.

Staying with family or friends

You can stay overnight with relatives and friends within the state as long as the maximum number of people in the home doesn't exceed 100 (10 in South East Queensland, overnight stays are not permitted in locked-down areas).

Staying at a hotel

Hotels are open for stays across the state and you can book a hotel for both business and leisure.

During your stay, you may notice that many hotels are implementing extra safety measures such as more frequent cleaning services or they have spaced out furnishings in common areas to encourage physical distancing.

Social distancing (1.5 metres) from other hotel patrons still applies within the hotel grounds.

In lockdown areas, hotels may be open for people needing to shelter in place.

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Staying in a holiday house

If you are booking a weekend away, you are more than welcome to stay in a holiday home unless you reside in Cairns or Yarrabah. People in South East Queensland should strongly consider their need to travel.

With fewer members of the public around (compared to a hotel), socially distanced accommodation in a holiday house can be found at the following sites. The choice is yours with a variety of apartments, cabins, studios, chalets, cottages, homes and townhouses available:

The official rule is no more than 100 to a home for people not in lockdown locations and 10 people in lockdown locations. However, Airbnb has placed a worldwide limit of 16 for rentals, excluding boutique hotels and event venues, to curb party homes.

Staying at a hostel

Along with hotels and holiday homes, hostels are now open for business and bookings. This excludes Cairns and Yarrabah.

Hostelworld has noted that accommodations are upping safety and hygiene measures. You can expect bigger rooms hosting fewer guests to accommodate the 1.5-metre social distancing rule, regular cleaning of the bedrooms and common areas, and providing hand sanitiser across the stays.

Venues not complying with these standards will be removed from the booking site.

Camping and caravanning

The great outdoors is waiting for you with camping sites and caravan parks back up and running. People in a lockdown cannot camp or caravan at this time. At present, people from Cairns and Yarrabah are subject to lockdown restrictions and will not be able to go camping or hire a caravan.

If you are looking to find accommodation in a caravan park or at paid campsites, we recommend calling up beforehand to lock in a spot. With restrictions being eased, it's likely to get busy.

Some camping spots require bookings in advance.

Tourist attractions in Queensland

Many of our favourite tourist destinations in the Sunshine State are re-opening to the public. Those in lockdown areas must remain closed.

Here are some of the attractions that may interest you:

Movie World, Outback Spectacular and Wet'n'Wild are re-opening from 13 August 2021. COVID-safe measures are in place, including increased hygiene sanitisation, physical distancing and contactless payments. Select rides and attractions have been altered or closed to ensure social distancing is met.

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National parks

National parks and rainforests are open for all your outdoor adventures.

Before you set off, check out park alerts for all the latest, including any mandatory pre-bookings that may be required. People in South East Queensland must not travel to a national park more than 10km from their home.

Beaches and parks

Restrictions at beaches across Queensland have eased and Surf Life Saving Queensland has resumed patrols along the state's sands. Before you head out, check the beach's website in case it's no longer open due to COVID-19 lockdowns or surf conditions to avoid disappointment.

When you're at the beach or a park, social distancing must still be practised. Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other groups and, if you can, from others within your own group.

Getting to and from your holiday destination

Driving within Queensland

You can drive freely anywhere within the state without restrictions on how far from your home you are or how many nights you spend away in northern parts of Queensland. People under lockdown cannot travel for leisure at this time and people in South East Queensland should strongly consider the need to travel at this time.

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