Things to do in Queensland Things to do in Brisbane

Things to do in Queensland Things to do in Brisbane

Australia’s strong positive health response to COVID-19 indicates that the country is well-positioned for recovery.  Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions was released on May 8th.  The roadmap outlines gradual steps that will reconnect the communities and give more freedom for people to travel and indulge in recreational activities.    

Stage II of Easing COVID-19 Restrictions in Queensland

Queensland is currently in Stage II of easing the restrictions, which commenced at 12 noon on June 1st.  Stage II of easing restrictions means the following;

Gatherings of up to 20 people in the following indoor and outdoor spaces is permitted;

         Homes and weddings 

         Funerals (maximum 50)

         Gyms and personal training, health clubs and yoga

         Public spaces and lagoons

         Pools, parks, playground equipment, skate parks, outdoor gyms

         Museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites

         Non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport

         Hiking, camping etc. in national and state parks

         Places of worship, religious and civil ceremonies

         Recreational travel, caravan parks

         Indoor cinemas

         Outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades

         Tourism experiences and tourist accommodation

         Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums

         Restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming)

For more information on this matter, please visit; www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

Travelling within Queensland Travelling around The Gold Coast

As of June 12th, Queenslanders can travel within 250 km of their home.  This makes tours to Noosa, Mooloolaba (and other Sunshine Coast cities), the Gold Coast (as far south as the NSW border), to the hinterland and further inland possible.  Those living in the outback Queensland are allowed to travel up to 500 km from their home.

Travelling to Queensland from Another State

Queensland’s border remains closed.  From April 11th onwards, anyone crossing the border into Queensland, including residents, require a Queensland entry pass.  On arrival, they may be subjected to quarantine for 14 days, depending on where they have travelled and what type of traveller they are.

What is Open to the Public in Queensland?

Unlimited travel is now permitted throughout Queensland and more people are allowed to gather at many facilities and locations of tourist attraction. 

National Parks in Queensland

In the state of Queensland, the closed national parks, state forest sites and recreation areas have been progressively reopening.  This is implemented as part of the Queensland Government’s ongoing response to COVID-19, in line with the federal government easing restrictions.

Bookings for National Parks in Queensland

Bookings for camping and vehicle access permits can be made online only.  Bookings can be made up to one month in advance.

For more information on camping bookings please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/experiences/camping/camping_bookings

Queensland National Park precautions Taken to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

  1. The number of campsites is limited to ensure social distancing
  2. The number of people who are able to access amenities at any one time is limited
  3. Showers have been kept closed
  4. Cleaning regimes are enhanced
  5. Visitors are encouraged to be self-contained to ensure a reduced number of people using the facilities
  6. Visitors are encouraged to maintain social distancing and wash their hands often with soap or use sanitizers

For more information on this matter, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/covid-19

Sites that Remain Closed in Queensland:

o Gateway Visitor Centres including David Fleay Wildlife Park, Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and the Mon Repos Turtle Centre

o Designated indigenous community areas such as the Cape York Peninsula

o National Parks in the Cape York Peninsula along with Boodjamulla National Park in north-west Queensland

For more information on local closures or restricted access to facilities, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/

National Parks of Queensland

Fraser Island (K’gari) – Great Sandy National Park

Off Australia’s Queensland coast is situated the world’s largest sand island, the world heritage-listed Fraser Island.  It features long beaches, dramatic coloured-sand cliffs, natural sand-blows, rocky headlands as well as pristine freshwater lakes and streams.   It is blessed with a unique range of flora thriving in an astonishing ecosystem and abundant marine life.

For more information on Great Sandy National Park, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/about

  • What is open to the public in Fraser Island Queensland?

The relaxed state-wide restrictions have led to the following;

Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre and Maryborough Aquatic Centre 

Up to 20 persons are now permitted at a time.

Maryborough and Hervey Bay libraries 

Open with limited opening hours and only 20 people (not including staff) allowed at any one time.  The opening hours;

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am – 4 pm 

Saturday 9 am – 12 noon  

Visits are limited to 15 minutes.  The “Click and Collect” service is restricted to housebound and vulnerable community members. 

Queensland Caravan Parks

Council-owned caravan parks will re-open shortly and will take bookings from people across Queensland, subject to availability and social distancing requirements.

Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park

Casual riding will continue daily 8 am – 4 pm with an increased capacity of up to 20 people, with prior booking.

Story Bank, Bond Store and Gatakers Art Space

Will reopen shortly.

Brolga Theatre

Will reopen shortly with limited capacity.

Upcoming Tours from Noosa and Rainbow Beach


  1. 3-day Adventure Tour – dates starting from July 7th (from AUS $ 549)

Pursue an epic adventure at this best adventure playground!  Drive a 4WD over the rugged sandy beaches and dip in beautiful breath-taking lakes.  Experience beach camping as well as learn the indigenous art of didgeridoo and boomerang throwing!  The tour departs from Noosa and Rainbow Beach and drops off at these two locations.  This tour is not suitable for children under 15.

  1. Multi-day Private Fraser Island Tours – dates starting from July 7th

Explore the beautiful freshwater lakes, sand-blows & dunes and towering rainforests of Fraser Island in a 4WD vehicle at your own pace!  Or cruise the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait along its west coast and discover abundant marine life!  Choose your own dates, duration and cover highlights of your own choice!

  • Highlights of the Tours

The 3-day tour covers Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Champagne Pools, Indian Head, Central Station Rainforest, Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach coloured sands and Cooloola National Park.  However, some of it will be visited subject to favourable weather and tidal conditions.  The private tour could cover your choice from these highlights.

For more information on Cooloola National Park, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola

The following are some of the memorable experiences of a Fraser Island tour!

Beach 4WD experience with minimum risk with choice of driving the 4WD

SUP Boarding at Lake McKenzie

Sunset fishing

Lake swimming with freshwater turtles

Mastering the art of playing the Didgeridoo and boomerang throwing

Beach camping, hot eco-camp shower and toilet facilities

Delicious and a healthy menu

Free tour photos

Legendary dream time stories

Discovering the ancient rainforest

To book the 3-day adventure tour, please visit; dropbearadventures.rezdy.com/324610/3day-2night-wilderness-camping-k-gari-fraser-island-adventure

To book the private tour, please visit; www.dropbearadventures.com.au/private-fraser-island-tours/


  1. Fraser Island + Whitsunday Sailing Packages

Pair your Fraser Island adventure tours with a Whitsundays sailing trip!  Cover two of Australia’s most visited spots on the East Coast, with the amazing package options!

To book this tour package, please visit; www.dropbearadventures.com.au/whitsundays-tours-2/

To book ocean rafting tours at Whitsunday islands, please visit; oceanrafting.com.au/

Brisbane Queensland Australia

Brisbane is the largest capital city in Australia with a geographic area of 15,842 km2.  Having a population of 2.4 million people, it ranks third among the most populous cities of the country.  Brisbane basks in the warm and soft sunlight almost 300 days a year, thus becoming one of the most desirable places to live.

For more information on Brisbane city, please visit; www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

What is Open to the Public in Brisbane?

The ease of coronavirus related restrictions in Queensland have led to the following;

Popular Attractions

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Story Bridge Climb are reopening shortly.  The Palace Cinemas will be reopening in July.

Walking Trails, Parks and Beaches

While many entertainment venues have shut their doors, wide-open spaces such as walking trails, parks and beaches are open to the Queensland public.  

Brisbane National Parks

Most of the National Parks and other outdoor recreation centres are open to the public in Brisbane.

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Moreton Island is the world’s third-largest sand island.  It is situated 36.1 km away from Brisbane.  Most of the island is a protected national park without paved roads, thus it makes 4WD an essential mode of transportation.

For more information on Moreton Bay Marine Park, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/moreton-bay

Tours Presently Operating Moreton Bay

  1. Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane – dates starting from June 11th (from AUS $ 91.79)

Travel across Moreton Island Marine Park aboard a luxurious catamaran to admire and awe at the abundant marine life!  Take time to swim, kayak and picnic on the pristine beaches on Moreton Island.  Snorkel through the Tangalooma Shipwrecks and sandboard on giant sand dunes.

  • Highlights of the Tour

The tour covers Moreton Island, Tangalooma Shipwrecks and Moreton Bay.  

Some of the awesome features of the tour are as follows;

Ride through 250-year-old eucalyptus forests

Sandboarding experience on Moreton Island

Tasty picnic lunch

Snorkelling amidst the Tangalooma Shipwrecks and observing marine life

Kayak over the Shipwrecks

Moreton Bay sunset                                   

Upcoming Tours Moreton Island

  1. Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island – dates starting from August 1st   (from AUS $ 222.94)

Explore Moreton Island’s spectacular natural environment at Tangalooma Island Resort.  Begin your adventure with a Dolphin cruise and pursue a desert-safari tour, a marine discovery cruise, a snorkelling tour, or a jet-boat tour!

  • Highlights of the Tour

The tour covers recreational activities at the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island.

Some of the memorable features of the tour are as follows;

Dolphin cruise

Supervised dolphin feeding experience

Access to the resort’s pools, lounges and eco centre 

Desert-safari tour with sand tobogganing or

A marine discovery cruise or

A snorkelling tour or

A jet-boat tour

Moogerah Peaks National Park

Four ancient volcanic peaks, namely French, Greville, Moon and Edwards, in the fertile Fassifern Valley, form the Moogerah Peaks National Park.  Being situated in the Scenic Rim Area, the park is revered as a spectacular bushwalking and climbing destination.

For more information on the Moogerah Peaks National Park, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/moogerah-peaks/

Camping Trip to Moogerah

Set up camp and explore the mountains and emerge onto rocky summits with the wind blowing across your face.   Venture through eucalypt woodland, rare scrub and dry rainforest.  Encounter rare and vulnerable wildlife that call these volcanic peaks their home.  

  • Camping Options
o   Camping by Lake Moogerah

Pitch your tent on the shores of Lake Moogerah deep in the heart of the Scenic Rim.  Watch an amazing lakeside sunset and then wake up early for a day of adventure.  Hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or a small tinnie to venture a scenic ride across the lake.

o   Frog Buttress camping area

This is a small camping area set in open eucalypt forest with a grassy understorey.  It is the only camping area in Moogerah Peaks National Park.  It is usually occupied by the rock climbing community from Easter till late October each year.  Hotter months are not recommended as the mountain can reach up to 40oC during the day.

o   Frog Buttress – Mount French vehicle campsites

Two vehicle-based camping areas are located next to the car park area of Mount French.  These gravel campsites are suitable for car-camping, camp trailers, camper vans and small mobile homes.

For more information on camping booking, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/experiences/camping/camping_bookings.html

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary.  It was opened in 1927 as a refuge for sick, injured and orphaned koalas, as they were being culled for the fur trade.  Today, it is home to 130 koalas and other native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, platypus and Tasmanian devils.

For more information on Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, please visit; www.ww2places.qld.gov.au/place

Upcoming Tours


  1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise – dates starting from July 21st (from AUS $ 59.74)

Meet a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos or wild lorikeets, and admire the playful platypus in this memorable day trip from Brisbane!

  • Highlights of the Tour

The tour covers a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane with views of iconic landmarks on the way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.  

Some of the memorable experiences of the tour are as follows;

A leisurely river cruise from Brisbane

Observing rare native wildlife 

Hand-feeding the lorikeets

Sheepdog show

Things to Do in Cairns

Cairns is renowned for being the gateway to two of the World Heritage-listed natural playgrounds, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.  Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars, restaurants and a swimming lagoon has plenty to offer for the pleasure-seeking visitors.  Cairns itself is a small town, but it serves as a great launching pad for a wide range of tours.

For more information on the city of Cairns, please visit;www.cairns.qld.gov.au/

What is open to the public in Cairns?

o   Cairns Beaches

Beaches and council facilities on the foreshore are open for recreational purposes such as swimming, exercising, picnics, barbecues etc.

o   Cairns Botanic Gardens

The gardens, as well as the centenary lakes nature play space and the conservatory, remain open.  Cafes are open for takeaway only.

o   Cairns Esplanade

All public facilities (except for the Lagoon and amenities block) are open.  This includes playgrounds, barbecues, green gym exercise equipment, skate park, bouldering park, multi-purpose court and volleyball courts.

o   Cairns Council camping grounds

The Bramston Beach, Babinda Rotary Park, Babinda Boulders and Greenpatch (Gordonvale) campgrounds are open for camping.

o   Cairns Recreational areas and National Parks

Barbecue facilities and toilets are open to the public in beaches, parklands and natural areas not within National Parks.  Camping grounds within National Parks are open with restrictions.  Behana Gorge, Goldsborough Valley section, Mt Bartle Frere and Josephine Falls within the Wooroonooran National Park are open.

For more information on this matter, please visit; www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/covid19/closures

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 2000 km along the Queensland coastline and covers 35 million hectares.  It is the world’s largest coral reef and became one of the first world heritage sites in Australia.  With its significant cultural sites on many islands, the Reef is very important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Animal Life on the Great Barrier Reef

More than 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge, and 300 species of hard corals live here.   It is home to the threatened dugong, green and loggerhead turtles.  Birdlife is abundant and hundreds of species nest in the Reef islands.  Humpback whales migrate there to give birth.

For more information on the Great Barrier Reef, please visit; parks.des.qld.gov.au/world-heritage-areas/great_barrier_reef

Upcoming Tours


  1. Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkelling Cruise from Cairns

    – dates starting from July 14th    (AUS $ 130.03)

The Reef is teeming with underwater life of every description that snorkelling or even looking down from the surface is an unforgettable experience!  Visit two spectacular outer reef locations away from the crowds, for a snorkelling experience of awe and wonder!  Observe colourful schools of fish, other marine life and coral gardens in the clear waters.

  • Great Barrier Reef Highlights of the Tour

The day tour covers one of the Outer Great Barrier Reef spots such as Saxon Reef or Norman Reef, as well as North Hastings Reef.

The following are some of the memorable experiences of the tour!

Deluxe boat cruise from Cairns to the Reef

Amazing on-the-water-experience

Observing multi-coloured fish, coral and other marine life

Optional tour by semi-submersible vessel

Buffet lunch on board


  1. Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran

    – dates starting from July 14th (AUS $ 130.03)

Cairns is the scuba diving capital of the reef.  Choose to scuba dive or snorkel to see an array of colourful fish, sea turtles and corals.

  • Highlights of the Tour

The tour covers two of the 26 spectacular locations on the Great Barrier Reef that are great for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Some of the memorable experiences of the tour are as follows;

Luxury catamaran cruise from Cairns to the Reef

Morning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch

Full day scuba diving and snorkelling experience

Observing amazing marine life

Fraser Island Tours