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Opening Queensland to Queenslanders

In uplifting news for tourism operators (not to mention anyone itching to return to making the most of our incredible backyard), stage two of the roadmap to easing Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions has been brought forward. From midday on Monday 1 June, Queensland is open for Queenslanders to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.

What does this mean? Queensland residents can travel anywhere and everywhere within the Queensland borders, including overnight stays. Groups of up to 20 people can also gather in public spaces, including restaurants, cafes and pubs (still safely following all the usual social distancing and hygiene guidelines, of course). This step into recovery allows us to reconnect with our communities and keep our economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.

These early changes are just in time for Queenslanders to begin planning their school holiday activities (Saturday 27 June – Sunday 12 July), so get planning you adventures with family and friends.

Keep in mind that tourism operators may be re-opening at various times, so please visit the business’ official website for the latest information.

Be inspired to explore

Gladstone school holidays

Photo by @capricorncaves

For those in South East Queensland, hike the green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, explore the riverside precincts of Brisbane, or hit the waves at one of the Gold Coast’s stunning beaches. Wander into Southern Queensland Country for breathtaking scenery followed by a farm-to-table feast.

Feeling ambitious? Visit five family-friendly beaches in one day in Bundaberg, or jump in the 4WD for a family adventure to Fraser Coast. Make an early morning worth it in Mackay with the most frame-worthy souvenir photo you’ll ever take. Explore Townsville with a twist as you take a deep dive into its intriguing history (and soon into its Museum of Underwater Art).

Surround yourself with show-stopping nature at the must-dos of the Gladstone region, spend time getting to know Bundaberg beyond its famous rum, or clamber through the limestone Capricorn Caves. Or, for those dreaming of playtime in paradise, island-hop your way to Fitzroy Island from Cairns, or immerse yourself in the gleaming blue waters of The Whitsundays.

Remember – every inch of Queensland is available, so this could be the perfect opportunity to take to the outdoors and explore Outback Queensland on the road trip of a lifetime.

We’d love to see what you’re getting up to throughout June, so don’t forget to tag your photos with #thisisqueensland.