No open fires allowed on Fraser Island due to wildfire risk

OPEN fires have been prohibited on Fraser Island due to increasing high fire danger conditions and the risk of wildfire.

Rural Fire Service Queensland said until further notice, open fires must not be lit anywhere:

  • On Fraser Island, including in fire rings at Dundubara and Waddy Point
  • In Cooloola, including Teewah Beach and Poverty Point campgrounds
  • In the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.

RFSQ said open fires were defined as wood fires that were not fully self-contained, including open campfires, braziers, drums, other open containers, and QPWS supplied fire-rings and barbecues.

The fire prohibition was in place due to increasing high fire danger conditions above acceptable levels prescribed in the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service fire preparedness procedure, the service said.

"It will remain in place until the risk of wildfire moderates," RFSQ said.

Permitted cooking and heating appliances include fuel stoves using manufactured fuels such as LPG, hexamine fuel blocks, briquettes or heat beads:

  • Off the ground (recommended minimum height 200mm) and should not result in ash or coal deposit on the ground
  • Must be a fully self-contained unit such as an Ozpig heating appliance
  • Must be well away from vegetation.

RFSQ said the fire prohibition would remain in place until conditions moderated.

On-the-spot fines of $550 can be issued to anyone contravening the restriction.

Also, some long-distance walking tracks on Fraser Island and in the Cooloola Recreation Area have been closed until further notice due to the high fire danger conditions.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said the following walks were closed:

Fraser Island Great Walk-from Dilli Village to Happy Valley including

  • All access tracks from Hook Point (via Jabiru Swamp), from the eastern beach (via Markwell's Break, Eurong and Winnam camping area) and from barge landings at Wanggoolba Creek and Kingfisher Bay
  • All Great Walk camp sites.

Cooloola Great Walk-from the Southern Trail Head to Kauri walkers' camp including

  • Brahminy, Dutgee, Litoria and Kauri walkers' camps
  • The short walk from campsite 3 to the Cooloola Sandpatch.

Cooloola Wilderness Trail north of Kin Kin Creek-including Neebs and Wandi waterhole camping areas.

QPWS said alll other short day walks and camp sites remained open.

For more information on walking tracks that remain open, refer to the Fraser Island and Cooloola conditions reports online at and or phone 137 468.

QPWS asked people not to enter the areas and to observe all signage and directions by rangers.