The COVID-19 outbreak in Australia is being managed as a health emergency, with both the Australian and Queensland Governments implementing measures as part of the pandemic response.

Camping – National Parks

All camping areas in Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed from 26 March 2020 until further notice.

Check Park Alerts for more information

Travel to Cape York

Travel is restricted in Cape York Peninsula. Indigenous communities in Cape York Peninsula have restricted non-essential travel into their local government areas to minimise the threat of COVID-19 to vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group and the State Government are enforcing an entry permit to protect Cape York from the spread of coronavirus.  A permit will be required from 5pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020.

There is a manned control point at Mount Carbine and the Bloomfield Track is closed to all traffic at Emmagen Creek. Every passenger in a vehicle must have a valid entry permit, as well as the driver.

Cook Shire

Despite easing of some restrictions by the State Government, entry to Cook Shire remains restricted.

Applications for entry must fall into one of three categories: returning resident, essential activity or exemption. For details on applying for entry, visit our website.

Cook Shire Council and the Cook Local Disaster Management Group are working closely with State and Federal members to ease the travel restrictions to Cook Shire as soon as is safe and practical. There has been community concern that the travel restrictions will be in place until February 2021. Council has not been advised of a timeframe for the travel restrictions, and has not been advised that they will remain in place until 2021.

For details on other restrictions which have been eased in Cook Shire, visit our website at Please note, Cook Shire does not fall into the ‘outback’ category, and the eased restrictions allowed for outback areas do not apply in our shire.

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Australian Government Travel Restrictions

From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.

Travel restrictions are subject to change. Some exemptions are in place.

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Queensland Border Restrictions

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At this time, there are a number of businesses and activities across the Mareeba Shire that are currently either closed or have implemented restrictions including changes to opening hours.

For all enquiries regarding visitation to Mareeba:

Phone us at the Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre on 4092 5674