Looking after Queensland Beaches
Beaches in Queensland provide a home to a wide variety of wildlife, on
both the land and in the water. It is important that everyone - locals
and visitors - make as little impact on the beach environment as possible
so we can preserve these special places for future generations.
A narrow margin of foreshore on many beaches in Queensland is covered
with sprawling plants that make up an area called a dune. This area is
very important in the prevention of erosion, so it is vital not to walk
on these plants or remove them. Special types of grasses, creepers, shrubs
and trees are found on frontal dunes. Some of the grasses and creepers
trap sand blown from the beach so that the dune grows wider and higher.
Established plants prevent the dune being blown away by strong winds.
Collecting shells from beaches in Queensland is strongly discouraged.
Beaches located in Marine National Parks have a total ban on the removal
of anything from the area.
Removal of shells disturbs the fragile ecosystem and detracts from the
beauty of the area. Imagine if everyone removed just one shell from a
beach during a visit - soon there would be no shells left.
Vehicles on the beach
Driving cars and trucks on beaches can damage the beach severely. Whilst driving on the beach is not illegal, many land types above the beach prohibit the driving of vehicles over them to get to the beach, such as Council Parks & Reserves.
Any vehicles driving on a beach where an official declared access has been provided must abide by all QLD Road Rules.
Needless to say, please deposit your rubbish in bins provides at the beach.
If there are no bins, take your rubbish with you and chuck it in a bin when
you find one. Discarding paper, tins, food scraps, plastics or bottles on
the beach does adversely affect wildlife, and makes the beach look ugly.