The slashing of maximum camper numbers at Teewah Beach has been called a “kneejerk” reaction by a Rainbow Beach tourism operator, who says the beach’s length means social isolation should not be an issue. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
The slashing of maximum camper numbers at Teewah Beach has been called a “kneejerk” reaction by a Rainbow Beach tourism operator, who says the beach’s length means social isolation should not be an issue. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Camper numbers cut at popular Teewah campsite

A DECISION to slash Teewah Beach campsite numbers to 500 in response to the pandemic has been criticised as a "knee-jerk reaction".

Cooloola Coast Beach Traders owner Martine Lokan was surprised to discover the number of available sites at Inskip Point and Teewah were slashed yesterday from an earlier cap of 1200.

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"I understand why Inskip is capped," she said. "But Teewah … is a 15km stretch of open beach with fresh air. People are spaced out."

"It's a kneejerk reaction to an area that is the perfect spot to come and escape the virus."

The loss of so many campers would hurt the coast's economy, and the next big break was not until Christmas.

Campers numbers have been cut to a maximum of 500 people each day at Teewah Beach. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Campers numbers have been cut to a maximum of 500 people each day at Teewah Beach. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

The decison also troubled given Easter weekend numbers had been kept well above 500.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife's website shows Teewah's maximum capacity on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 is 1200 each day. Easter Sunday's cap sits at 959.

A Department of Environment and science spokeswoman said the State was "aware of the restrictions placed on gatherings during this critical time. We are working out how we can best manage this, and we will notify campers with any updates,".

"The Department continues to monitor and receive guidance from the Government in relation to COVID-19 health and safety information.

"Campers with Easter and school holiday bookings are urged to check regularly updated information published on the Department's website including Park Alerts for any changes to park camping arrangements. "

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