National park campsites see record numbers

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Campsite in Girraween National Park
Campsites like this one in Girraween National Park will be very busy. PIC: Girraween National Park

The caravanning and camping boom has seen a huge surge of people heading out to national parks.

In Queensland, records are being broken. In the three months since June, 513,000 camping nights were booked in the state’s national parks, an increase of 128,000 over the same time last year.

The Toowoomba Chronicle reports that, as people are flock to national park campsites to get away from their own four walls following border closures and coronavirus-induced lockdowns, they are being urged to book ahead.

Sandstone Senior Ranger Alistair Hartley said camping areas in Queensland’s western and far western regions were becoming very popular.

“Our camping areas in ‘Outback Queensland’ provide a real outback experience and can become busy with visitors from nearby population centres and interstate as well – especially with the recent easing of some border restrictions,” he said. “So, our advice is to book now to avoid disappointment.”

The Toowoomba Chronicle reports that places like the Goomburra Valley Campsite had also seen an influx of people wanting to get away.

Co-owner Brad Badgery said some of the booking boom may be because people were scared that lockdowns would resume.

The co-owner said that with coronavirus still looming in the state, some people were trying to get out just in case lockdowns struck again.

“People are worried they might be shut down again,” he said. “So, they keep coming out so if it does happen again they’ve had their camping fill, basically.”

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One Response to National park campsites see record numbers

  1. “People are worried they might be shut down again,” he said. “So, they keep coming out so if it does happen again they’ve had their camping fill, basically.”…huh?….Surely its because we cant go cruising or overseas or interstate… and we just want to enjoy Queensland. I dont think people in Queensland are saying, “gee, I might get locked down, lets go camping”…if you dont go camping what else do you do?…renovate and garden I suppose.

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