In stage 1 of the Roadmap to the Easing of Restrictions, special consideration will be given to Outback areas during the easing of Queensland’s restrictions.
What are ‘Outback Areas’?
Outback Areas referred to in the Roadmap to easing of Queensland’s restrictions are defined as the Local Government Areas listed below. Under stage 2, Queenslanders can freely travel within the State, including any Outback area, with the exception of Biosecurity or Restricted areas.
- Balonne Shire Council
- Banana Shire Council
- Barcaldine Regional Council
- Barcoo Shire Council
- Blackall–Tambo Regional Council
- Boulia Shire Council
- Bulloo Shire Council
- Carpentaria Shire Council
- Central Highlands Regional Council
- Cloncurry Shire Council
- Croydon Shire Council
- Diamantina Shire Council
- Etheridge Shire Council
- Flinders Shire Council
- Longreach Regional Council
- Maranoa Regional Council
- McKinlay Shire Council
- Mount Isa City Council
- Murweh Shire Council
- Paroo Shire Council
- Quilpie Shire Council
- Richmond Shire Council
- Winton Shire Council.
COVID-19 Restricted Travel Areas
In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Australian Government has restricted entry to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (‘designated areas’) and the Queensland Government has restricted entry to designated areas within Queensland.
The following remote communities have restricted access:
Combined designated area 1 – Cape communities
The local government areas of Aurukun, Cook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait Island, Torres, Wujal Wujal and Weipa.
Combined designated area 2 – Burke and Doomadgee
The local government areas of Burke and Doomadgee.
Other designated areas
The local government areas of Cherbourg, Mornington, Palm Island, Woorabinda, Yarrabah.
For more information visit Travel restrictions to remote communities.