Sustainable Visitor Capacity Management Studies

Sustainable Visitor Capacity Management Studies

Cooloola, K’gari and Bribie Island Recreation Areas

Posted on 13.05.2024

Over the next 10 years South East Queensland is expected to see a population increase of more than one million people.

Balancing this growth and the competing demands for access and use of coastal areas requires careful long-term planning to balance visitor safety and experiences with the conservation of nature, cultural and social values. The Queensland Government is committed to providing current and future generations of Queenslanders and visitors with unique, memorable and safe experiences, whilst also protecting the environment.

South East Queensland’s Bribie Island, Cooloola and K’gari (Fraser Island) Recreation Areas are three of the most popular and iconic destinations for day and overnight visitors managed by the Queensland Government.

To assist in the long-term planning for these areas, Sustainable Visitor Capacity Management (SVCM) studies were commissioned by the Queensland Government. Click below to access the study reports:

Outdoors Queensland has reviewed all three reports. The points that were consistent across all three reports are:

  • Consultation regarding Management Plans is planned for second half of 2024
  • Additional front-line operational positions and funding have been committed by the government
  • Options to maintain sustainable visitor numbers at peak periods are being considered/implemented, but will be further informed by public consultation
  • A new camping and vehicle access booking system is being developed
  • There will not be increases to fees/charges at this time
  • Vehicle exclusion buffer zones and time limits at key sites will be addressed in each Management Plan and Visitor Strategy



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