Travellers warned about crackdown on performing disgusting act in Queensland national parks


By Tileah Dobson For Nca Newswire And Steve Williams For Daily Mail Australia

07:12 01 Jun 2024, updated 07:12 01 Jun 2024

Visitors to one of the country’s most stunning campsites have been put on notice, after a rising ‘poo problem’ has forced a new strict protocol to be put in place.

From June 1, campers at the Dorrigo South or Pelican Bay sites in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area in Queensland are required to bring a portable toilet. 

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area is located around 250km north of Brisbane.

The new regulation is aimed to stop people from relieving themselves in nature, better known as ‘bush toileting’.

Tourists are warned local authorities will be keeping an eye out to make sure people bring a portable toilet with them.

‘Add portable toilets to your “must bring” list and help us keep these waterfront camping areas beautiful and healthy!’ the Queensland National Parks stated in a Facebook post.

‘Bush toileting at these popular camping areas is posing an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of our campers and visitors, as well as threatening the area’s natural environment.’

Campers in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area are now required to bring a portable toilet
Portable toilets approved for use by Queensland National Parks can be bought for between $50 and $300

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The park has outlined a portable toilet must have a ‘sealed waste holding tank and be transportable and suitable for emptying into a portable toilet waste disposable facility’.

‘Bag and open bucket style toilets are not going to fool our Rangers who will be on ‘portaloo-patrol’ making sure you have your loo, and providing education on the benefits of using portable toilets.’ Queensland National Parks warned. 

Portable toilets with sealed waste-holding tanks approved for use by Queensland National Parks can be bought for between $50 and $300.

Anyone found violating the new rule can be slammed with an on-the-spot penalty of $464.  

Comments on social media applauded the new rules by Queensland National Parks.

‘Finally Insh*t Point will start becoming clean again,’ wrote Facebook user.

‘There’s actually nothing better than sitting on your own loo rather than squatting in the bush,’ said another. 

One camper suggested other areas should have a similar regulation in place, including K’gari and Cooloola.

Queensland National Parks replied with a ‘write it down’ meme.

Others commented the portable toilet regulation should have been implemented a lot sooner. 

‘About time. The amount of sh*t above ground in any camping area that doesn’t have a toilet is becoming a problem in every NP and camping spot,’ wrote one camper.

‘Why did this take so long, the problem has been there for years, another wrote.

‘Ten years too late,’ another wrote.

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