Minyon Falls closed for upgrades

Minyon Falls will be closed from 1 March to the end of June 2021.

Work has resumed on the major upgrade to the Minyon Falls visitor precinct as part of the largest ever investment into National Park visitor infrastructure.

Big Volcano Tourism. Nightcap National park signage at Rummery Park Campground.

This is the first stage of the $7.35 million Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails Project, which will deliver high quality nature-based visitor experiences to boost the NSW visitor economy and community wellbeing.

Work was completed in December last year to increase parking capacity from 37 to 93 spaces which was well-received over the busy summer period.

Minyon Falls and Minyon Grass closed from 1 March to enable the construction of a new lookout and day use area at Minyon Falls.

The site is not expected to reopen until the end of June. Rummery Park campground will remain open, accessible via Nightcap Range Road.

Read the Minyon Falls master plan for more details. 👇

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/walking-tracks-and-trails-in-national-parks/tweed-byron-hinterland-trails/minyon-falls-master-plan

New Year, New What’s New

Big Volcano Visitor Guide – What’s New in Wollumbin? has been updated for 2021.

The Big Volcano Visitor Guide web site and customer update listings for 2020 have been filed under “What’s Old – 2020“, and 2021 has now started on the What’s New page.

Early 2020 updates were dominated by national park closures due to bush fire threats, which quickly gave way to COVID-19 updates.

Let’s hope 2021 provides some early relief on the pandemic front, and the Northern Rivers of NSW, and Gold Coast region of QLD, can get back to being Australia’s favourite holiday destination.

Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo credit: Big Volcano Tourism Marketing & Media.

NSW Northern Rivers History: Cedar Getters on the Tweed & Brunswick Rivers

See also “The Cedar Cutter”, Knox Park, Murwillumbah: https://www.bigvolcano.com.au/stories/cedarcutter/index.htm

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Cedar-getters on the Tweed River

                Although a timber exploratory voyage had been made to the Tweed River by William Scott in the Letitia in 1840, it was not until 1844 a party of sawyers arrived on the Tweed.

Tweed Valley

                William Scott was a cousin of Charles Steele, a cedar dealer and squatter on the Macleay River, who applied for a licence to cut cedar in the Moreton Bay district in 1840. It would appear Thomas Caffrey had business links with Charles Steele and was his agent on the Macleay, and  Clarence Rivers and later at Moreton Bay. Caffrey would buy the cedar from the sawyers , delivered to the ships, mostly owned by Steele and then transport the logs to the Sydney market.

                Although Caffrey was still shipping cedar out of Moreton Bay in 1844,  the easily accessible cedar at there had begun to run out, and  he…

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Travelbiz COVID-19 update NSW, QLD

From Monday 1 June 2020 certain COVID-19 restrictions have eased for NSW and QLD residents.

ABC News:

ABC News page with links to all states and territories resources, with summaries of changes for each.  States and territories are moving to their next stages of easing coronavirus restrictions.

COVID-19 NSW Update (as at 2pm, 2 June 2020)

NSW Government Updates

COVID-19: What you need to know

An index page with current statistics, and  links to resources for individuals, households, businesses and education, including information, support services and guides helping NSW citizens impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), and Industry guidelines for COVID Safe workplaces

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Mount Warning / Wollumbin as seen from Crams Farm

What has changed from Monday 1 June

From Monday 1 June 2020 certain restrictions have eased:

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday
    • There are no limitations to travelling within NSW for the purposes of work, school, exercise or visiting family and friends. 
    • You may travel to regional NSW for a holiday.
    • Up to ten people may stay in a holiday home. More than ten people can stay in a holiday home if they are all members of the same household.
  • visits to museums, galleries and libraries
  • pubs, clubscafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers (or one customer per 4sqm excluding staff, per existing seperate seated dining/drink area, and a maximum of 10 people for bookings.)
  • beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines
  • worshipweddings and funerals – up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship.
    • For weddings, in addition to the couple, the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the wedding, a photographer, videographer, and up to 20 guests (including adults and children) may attend a wedding.People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.
  • What you can and can’t do under the rules

Full details are available at the rather awkwardly titled: WYCACD 1 June – DRAFT – with alerts

Caravan parks and camping grounds

Caravan and camping grounds may open. There is no limit to the number of customers in the park or grounds however premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If you are visiting someone who is staying at a caravan park or camping ground, limits apply for visitors.

Ready to getaway?

See Big Volcano Visitor Guide Campgrounds and Big Volcano Visitor Guide Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks

COVID-19 Update QLD (as at 2pm,  2 June 2020)

Queensland Government Updates

Roadmap to easing restrictions

This includes the timeline for “Stage 3” restrictions to be lifted on July 10th.  Check here for updates or changes due to reviewed circumstances.

“The Roadmap provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID recovery that will reconnect our communities and keeps our economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.

Explore the stages to learn more about how restrictions are easing. There is also important information about how business will keep COVID safe as restrictions are eased.”

QLD Stage 2 Restrictions:  Commencing from 12 noon Monday June 1st, 2020.

  • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland# (including for school holidays)  (See Big Volcano Visitor Guide Gold Coast Hinterland)
  • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) – up to 20 patrons per room or per defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue (when following a COVID SAFE Industry Plan^)

Family, friends and community

  • Gatherings of up to 20 people:
    • homes
    • public spaces and lagoons*
      (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc)
    • non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport*
    • personal training
    • gyms*, health clubs* and yoga studios*
    • pools* (indoor and outdoor) and community sports clubs*
    • museums*, art galleries* and historic sites*
    • weddings
    • parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
    • libraries*
    • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks
    • places of worship* and religious and civil ceremonies
  • Funerals (max 50)
  • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation, including caravan parks (anywhere in Queensland)

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Mount Lindesay courtesy Woodenbong Progress Association

Businesses and economy

  • Retail shopping
  • Tourism accommodation  (See Big Volcano Visitor Guide)
  • 20 people permitted at any one time for:
    • indoor cinemas*
    • open homes* and auctions*
    • outdoor amusement parks*, tourism experiences*, zoos* and arcades*
    • concert venues*, theatres*, arenas*, auditoriums* and stadiums*
    • beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas (with COVID SAFE Checklist).

See also QLD Govt Index page with links to primary resources.

Queensland COVID-19

Home page includes statisitics, information and links to:

  • Latest updates and announcements
  • Staying home and going out
  • Family, friends and community
  • Business, industry and working safely
  • Resources and translations

Queensland border closure

The Queensland / New South Wales border remains closed.  See https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry into Queensland is temporarily prohibited unless the travel is exempt under the Chief Health Officer’s Border Restrictions Direction. Entry into Queensland is only permitted to persons who are eligible for an exemption. People intending to travel across the border are encouraged to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass to avoid delays at the border.”

Important Notice

A separate application is required for each individual, including children, and all travellers in your party must be eligible for an exemption.

Different screening processes apply at airports (see below), compared with road border entries.

Travelbiz COVID-19 update NSW, QLD

NSW COVID-19 Update (as at 4pm, 8 May 2020)

NSW coronavirus restrictions to lift from Friday, May 15th, but will not follow all National Cabinet measures – ABC News

Photo credit: Big Volcano Tourism M&M

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will announce the plan to start relaxing lock down restrictions from Friday, but local and regional travel is not yet back on the menu.

Coronavirus restrictions will ease in NSW on Friday – which means you can sit down in your local cafe, and kids can play in parks. Here’s what else you need to know:

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted, and people can have five visitors at any one time

☕ cafes and restaurants will be able to have up to 10 people dining in

👰🏽 weddings will be allowed to have up to 10 guests

🕊️ funerals can accommodate up to 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors.

🛐 there can now be up to 10 people at religious gatherings

🤸🏽outdoor gyms and playgrounds will open and outdoor pools (with restrictions).

More info @ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-10/how-nsw-coronavirus-restrictions-will-be-wound-back/12228948

Queensland COVID-19 Update (as at 4pm, 8 May 2020)

+ From Saturday 16 May, Stage 1
+ From Saturday 13 June, Stage 2
+ Stage three

Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls and canyon panorama

Overview and key developments: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid-19/updates/stakeholder-bulletins/covid-19-update-8-may-2020

Following National Cabinet, the Premier announced Queensland’s roadmap to easing restrictions allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings.

For full details, visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/.

>> From Saturday 16 May, Stage 1 will allow for:

  • gatherings in homes (max 5 visitors, allowed from separate households)
  • gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
  • recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • reopening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (maximum of 10)
  • wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time
  • re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan

for Outback Queensland, where there have been no COVID cases, two special concessions have been made:

  • dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
  • recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.

>> From Saturday 13 June, Stage 2 will allow for:

  • gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
  • dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
  • holiday travel within your region.

>> Stage three includes reviewing border closures and building to 100 customers for venues giving certainty to business, communities and families to be able to plan ahead.

It’s important to note people still need to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

Travelbiz update: QLD COVID-19 roadmap

Big Volcano Travelbiz update 11/5/2020
Queensland COVID-19 Update (as at 4pm, 8 May 2020)
+ From Saturday 16 May, Stage 1
+ From Saturday 13 June, Stage 2
+ Stage three
Following National Cabinet, the Premier announced Queensland’s roadmap to easing restrictions allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings.
>> From Saturday 16 May, Stage 1 will allow for:
  • gatherings in homes (max 5 visitors, allowed from separate households)
  • gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)\
  • recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • reopening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (maximum of 10)
  • wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time
  • re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan
For Outback Queensland, where there have been no COVID cases, two special concessions have been made:
  • dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
  • recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.
>> From Saturday 13 June, Stage 2 will allow for:
gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
holiday travel within your region.
>> Stage three includes reviewing border closures and building to 100 customers for venues giving certainty to business, communities and families to be able to plan ahead.
It’s important to note people still need to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.