New rules to reduce congestion at beach camping spot
New rules to help reduce congestion and protect the environment apply to a beach camping spot that attracts 200,000 visitors a year.
Seven camping zones have been established at Teewah Beach on the Cooloola Coast, north of Noosa, to reduce risks of rock falls from eroding dunes.
A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said the changes were not in response to recent complaints about rubbish left by campers.
However he expected the new zones would reduce bad behaviour.
"The new zones will also improve the booking system," he said.
"Campers can now choose a zone they wish to camp in.
"Previously, campers applied for a camping permit but were unable to pre-book their preferred location.
"Instead, they were issued a permit to camp along a 14km section of beach wherever they managed to find a spot."
The spokesman said the new rules would also allow seasonal rotation and temporary closures of camping zones for maintenance and management of potential environmental risks.
"Some areas of the beach were at a high risk to rock falls from eroding dunes," the spokesman said.
The zones will also help rangers identify non-compliant campers and better manage emergency responses to wildfires, storms or other events.
"The changes were not introduced following recent issues in the park when rubbish was left behind by campers following a storm, but they will assist in the future management of these types of impacts to the area," he said.
"Improved visitor experiences are also expected following the introduction of fixed and mobile number plate recognition technology."