Hundreds to be evacuated from North Stradbroke Island

CAMPERS at Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island will evacuate the area tomorrow, ahead of predicted weather changes in coming days.

A large vegetation fire continues to burn in the area and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises about 900 campers at Main Beach will evacuate the island between 10:30am and 4pm tomorrow.

National Parks and Wildlife, State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers and the Redland City Council will assist with the evacuation.


Straddie Camping representatives are notifying all campers located in the Blue Lakes camping ground of the planned evacuation tomorrow.

Multiple QFES crews remain on scene at the large, slow moving vegetation fire on the eastern end of Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road and also known as Trans Island Way) at Blue Lake, Stradbroke Island. The fire currently poses no threat to people or property.

Alfred Martin Way is reopening this afternoon for one-way traffic from the beach and will remain open tomorrow until 5pm to allow campers to leave.

It will be open for two-way traffic from Dunwich up to and including Brown Lake, which will re-open tomorrow. Blue Lake will remain closed.

Motorists should turn their lights on when driving, due to smoke, and exercise caution. There is also strictly no camping, people or vehicles allowed in the area south of the causeway on Main Beach, including Jumpin Pin, due to fire danger until further notice.

Redland City Council has organised a rest area at Dunwich Community Hall tomorrow from 10am. Tea, coffee, refreshments and toilet facilities will be available at the hall for campers who have left their campsites and are waiting for a barge.

Stradbroke Ferries has been advised and will do all they can to meet additional vehicular barge demand, however there may be delays.

Holiday makers who are not planning to camp at Main Beach can continue to travel to the island.