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Commercial Activity Permits for protected areas, recreation areas and forests

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Queensland tourism operators

All Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation area camping areas are closed as at 26 March 2020.

Queensland tourism operators that conduct business on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service-managed areas may be eligible for support as part of the Queensland Government's Immediate Industry Recovery Package, introduced to help mitigate the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Find out more about commercial tourism operator support.

Contact the Department of Environment and Science to discuss how the closures may affect your operations in these parks.

To conduct business or fundraising activities in a national park or other protected area, you must apply for a Commercial Activity Permit (CAP).

CAPs are legally required if you want to operate in the following types of protected areas in Queensland:

  • state forests and forest reserves including plantation forests
  • national parks
  • conservation parks
  • resources reserves
  • recreation areas, including
    • Moreton Island Recreation Area
    • Minjerribah Recreation Area
    • Bribie Island Recreation Area
    • Fraser Island Recreation Area
    • Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area
    • Cooloola Recreation Area
    • Green Island Recreation Area.

Commercial permissions also apply to marine parks. Learn more about marine park permits.

This guide explains how to apply for a CAP, and what you need to do to comply once you have a permit or agreement.


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