Parks you still can’t visit despite relaxed restrictions
ADVENTURERS keen to make the most of relaxed restrictions are reminded to check park alerts before loading up the camping gear this weekend.
While most national parks reopened on May 1, a popular swimming spot remains closed.
Those keen to visit Finch Hatton Gorge have been turned back by orange barriers and warning signs.
All swimming holes, walking tracks and day use areas in the Finch Hatton Gorge section, including the Araleun waterfalls and Wheel of Fire Cascades, remain closed due to "high risk", the Department of Environment and Science website said.
When announcing the reopening of the parks in late April, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said some areas would remain closed until further notice due to ongoing public health and safety concerns.
"A number of popular swimming areas, barbecues and all campgrounds that are currently closed will remain closed for the safety of the public," Ms Enoch said.
"Campgrounds will remain closed until the Chief Health Officer decides it's safe to reopen and there is no fixed timeline on this at the moment."
Even in opened national park areas, Ms Enoch reminded residents to abide by social distancing rules.
She said signage would be in place to inform the public, but residents should check Park Alerts online for the most up-to-date information about closures.
A Mackay Regional Council spokeswoman said residents would soon be able to visit its playgrounds, dog parks and skate parks, with the areas reopening to a maximum of 10 people this weekend.
Areas still closed:
In addition to Finch Hatton Gorge, camping areas and camp sites are also still closed, including Cape Hillsborough National Park, Cape Palmerston National Park, Cathu State Forest, Crediton State Forest, Eungella National Park, Mackay Highlands Great Walk, Mackay Islands National Parks, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail and the Whitsunday national park islands