Police “disappointed” at Burleigh crowds but no fines issued

Police have expressed their disappointment at the behaviour of crowds at Burleigh Heads yesterday, warning that it jeopardises a further easing of restrictions.

But they’ve confirmed no fines were issued.

Officers were forced to move on hundreds of people who had gathered on Burleigh Hill for sunset on Sunday.


While picnics and other gatherings are allowed, it is currently only permitted with members of your household or with one other person and social distancing rules still apply.

Locals report similar crowd sizes on Saturday afternoon.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the incident at Burleigh has overshadowed the good work of the majority of Queenslanders.

“The behaviour of crowds across the weekend has been absolutely tremendous and then we saw that situation at Burleigh last night,” Commissioner Carroll told Nine.

The Commissioner has warned people not to think about doing that again this afternoon with extra officers to be deployed to the area today.

“We were trying to do the right thing yesterday and asking people to stay apart and the message all along is, if an area is very very busy please move away from there so we can maintain that social distancing .

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says the incident on the Gold Coast is just a small blip and the majority of people right across the country have been adhering to the rules.

“I’m not disappointed at all with those scenes, they’re completely understandable,” Dr Coatsworth told Nine.

“They’re single screen shots from one beach in Australia and they probably don’t reflect what’s going on across every single jurisdiction and I think, by and large, Australians have shown us, by flattening the curve, that we do, as a nation, understand the importance of the what the health advice has been.”