Heavy rain closes all plantations south of Townsville

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Heavy rain closes all plantations south of Townsville

All plantations from NSW border to Townsville closed to public access

Due to cumulative rainfall across most of Queensland, we have closed all plantation forests from Townsville to the NSW border following heavy rainfall and very wet road conditions, with more rain expected.

This includes plantation forests in the vicinity of the Glasshouse Mountains, Mary Valley, Burnett & Downs, Fraser Coast and Byfield, which are all closed to the public. For a map showing the full extent of closures, please visit the closure page.

Damage to the road network can be extensive when conditions are this wet and this rain has come on top of flood events that caused significant damage earlier in the year. A period of sustained dry weather will be required before plantations roads can be traversed safely and without causing further damage.

The closures apply to all members of the public including drivers, motor bike riders, cyclists, horse riders, and walkers.

Conditions will be reassessed on Wednesday 25 May. The status of closures will be updated on the closures page on our website.

We are appealing to all recreation users to respect these closures so that safe and responsible access to the plantations can be restored as soon as possible.


Plantation forest closures fall under the Forestry Act 1959 and can be enforced by police, QPWS rangers and plantation officers. Fines for non-compliance currently range from $276 to almost $1,400.

We'd also like to remind people that driving through mud on plantations roads at any time is also unlawful and penalties apply.

State and local government-managed roads through plantations remain open unless otherwise indicated by road signage or police.

Please refer to the Parks and Forests website www.parks.des.qld.gov.au for restrictions in relation to campgrounds managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in this area.

If you have an enquiry, please use the Contact Us form or call the nearest HQPlantations office, phone numbers are available on the same page or call our Head Office on 3882 8240.

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