A popular free camping spot in Queensland has been blocked off by the private land owner … and potential campers have been warned off in no uncertain terms.
Along with ‘do not trespass’ signs, a warning has been printed and hung across closed gates proclaiming ‘gunfire occurs frequently’ … warning shots not always accurate!’ The spot at Pancake Creek near Agnes Water south of Gladstone has been hugely popular with 4WDers and campers, but it is understood that the land owner simply ran out of patience with those who abused the privilege of being allowed to visit.
The Gladstone Observer reports that when disappointed wannabe camper Astrid Allison posted pictures of the closed site on her Facebook page she was inundated with comments.
“When we were talking to the property owner he was explaining the amount of rubbish and ripping up of the tracks is out of control,” said one commenter. “He had had enough.”
Another person wrote: “It’s private property and the owner has every right to refuse access unless it’s a gazetted road. It’s a shame that there isn’t 4WD access.”
Ms Allison said the decision would leave other creeks, like Eurimbula and Little Creek, even busier.
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