Covid-19 easing of travel restrictions in Qld

Man walking along Palm Cove beach at sunrise Coconut Palms, sunrise at Palm Cove


Shivering down south? Swimming in the sea? I bet you aren't and I bet you are thinking of somewhere warm and sandy with swaying palm trees.

Tropical North Queensland is open again for Queenslanders and, we hope, for the rest of Australia in July.

We are taking bookings again for travellers within Queensland. 

House owners are using the Covid-safe protocols as recommended by Tourism Queensland:

  • Enhanced cleaning & hygiene practices
  • Recording of names and contact details of all guests on arrival

We have had very few cases (37 cases to 06/06/20) of Covid-19 in North Queensland so it is more likely that any new cases will be brought in from further south. To prevent that, we will be relying on you not to travel if you develop symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case within 2 weeks prior to your arrival.

Our cancellation policy allows for re-booking for up to 1 year from the date of arrival -  the cancellation conditions are here: Cancellation Policy.

The recording of names and contact details will be kept safe and then deleted after 2 months. It is a requirement imposed by the government for contact tracing if any of you should be found to have potentially been at risk.

Qld Government Roadmap to the easing of travel restrictions


Our strong health response to COVID-19 means we’re well positioned for recovery.
On Friday 8 May 2020 the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The roadmap outlines a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.


Stage 2: Commencing from 12 noon 1 June 2020


Unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland# (including for school holidays)
Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) - up to 20 patrons per room or per defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue (when following a COVID SAFE Industry Plan^)

Family, friends and community

  • Gatherings of up to 20 people:
  • homes (including the household)
  • public spaces and lagoons*
  • (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc)
  • non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport*
  • personal training
  • gyms*, health clubs* and yoga studios*
  • pools* (indoor and outdoor) and community sports clubs*
  • museums*, art galleries* and historic sites*
  • weddings
  • parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
  • libraries*
  • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks
  • places of worship* and religious and civil ceremonies
  • Funerals (max 50)
  • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation, including caravan parks (anywhere in Queensland)

Businesses and economy

  • Retail shopping
  • Tourism accommodation
  • 20 people permitted at any one time for:

             indoor cinemas*
             open homes* and auctions*
             outdoor amusement parks*, tourism experiences*, zoos* and arcades*
             concert venues*, theatres*, arenas*, auditoriums* and stadiums*
             beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas (with COVID SAFE Checklist).


* More with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities
^ Max 20 with a COVID SAFE Checklist when not complying with the COVID SAFE Industry Plan
# Except Biosecurity Areas or Restricted Areas

Continuing conditions

Social distancing and hygiene
Tracking, tracing, rapid response
COVID safe business plans in place
Work at home if it works for you and your employer

The public health rules to maintain

Physical distancing
4 square metres per person when indoors
Hand hygiene
Respiratory hygiene
Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection


Surveillance and epidemiological indicators suggest a move would NOT present an undue risk
Testing is widespread and adequately identifies community transmission
Point source outbreaks are effectively contained by public health actions.


Stage 3: 10 July 2020

Subject to further planning and review, interstate travel will be permitted and a maximum of 100 people* will be permitted for:


  • gatherings in public spaces and homes
  • restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs, food courts and hotels
  • indoor cinemas
  • places of worship and religious ceremonies
  • museums, art galleries and historic sites
  • pools and community sports clubs
  • community sport
  • gyms, health clubs and yoga studios
  • outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades
  • concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums
  • weddings
  • funerals
  • saunas and bathhouses
  • open homes and auctions
  • casinos, gaming and gambling venues
  • nightclubs
  • beauty therapy, tanning, nail salons and spas, tattoo parlours and non-therapeutic massage parlours
  • libraries
  • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks.

* More with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities


Further information

For more information, you can:

See further information on Outback areas here 

Read about travel restrictions to remote communities. 

Or call 134 COVID (134 268).