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I’m sure many of you would have seen yesterday’s release of the Queensland COVID-19 Roadmap. The announcement has finally given us clarity on how we can move ahead.  

I know that many of our accommodation operators have significant interstate bookings over the Christmas period, and until yesterday there was no certainty that these guests could get to the Sunshine Coast. So, I’m sure there is a lot of relief for you and for your customers to plan ahead knowing that anyone who is fully vaccinated can come to the Sunshine Coast from 17 December.

With the roadmap in place, we can now gear up for the busy Christmas period and make up some ground from the past 18 months.

Following the announcement, I joined a briefing by the Premier, Treasurer and Queensland Tourism Minister to discuss the Plan. It was an opportunity to provide feedback and request for additional details we need from it. We will continue to work through these areas with Government to get the information we all need to prepare for the changes.  

For us, the roadmap also provides the clarity we need to plot our marketing activities with confidence in the interstate markets and pick up from where we left off. However, in the lead-up to Christmas our promotions remain focused on our intrastate markets. As part of our drive market activities, we are launching a campaign with Mix FM tomorrow to appeal and incentive the local community to invite ‘visiting friends and relatives’ to region. I have also been encouraged by the initial results from our operators participating in the
Great Queensland Getaway campaign that was launched yesterday to also drive our intrastate market.

Finally, the roadmap makes it clear that the path forward is all about our vaccination rates. As such it’s critical we all do our bit to get the tourism industry back on its feet and get fully vaccinated. With that, we can then get back to focusing on what we do best, and that is delivering a world-class experience to our visitors.

Matt Stoeckel

Queensland's COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

 Queensland's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan has been announced outlining dates for Queensland's borders to re-open to interstate hotspots. Download the Plan.

Key milestones are:

At 70% of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated EXPECTED ON NOVEMBER 19

  • Anyone who has been in a declared domestic hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided:
    • They are fully vaccinated
    • Arrive by air
    • Have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
    • Undertake home quarantine for 14 days
Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in Government-nominated facility.
International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine in a Government-nominated facility until 14 days have passed since they arrived into Australia.

At 80% of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 17
  • Travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air
  • They must be fully vaccinated
  • They must have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • No quarantine required
Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) home quarantine and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health provided they are:
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have a negative COVID test in previous 72 hours
Those who don’t meet these criteria will need to enter within Queensland’s international arrivals cap and quarantine in a Government-nominated facility, just like now.
Those arriving via other states and territories won’t need to quarantine if they are:
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have undertaken at least 14 days (subject to AHPPC review) of quarantine under the direction of another state or territory at home or in a government-nominated facility.
Those who don’t meet the criteria to arrive via another state or territory will need to apply for a border pass and undertake up to 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) quarantine in a government-nominated facility.
It is important for businesses to know, at 80% vaccination coverage, there will not be government financial assistance available in the event of increased restrictions or lockdowns.

At 90% of Queenslanders fully vaccinated
  • No entry restrictions or quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from interstate or overseas
  • Unvaccinated travellers will need to apply for a border pass, or enter within the international arrivals cap, and undertake up to 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) quarantine.
Where you can get vaccinated
Queensland Health has a range of vaccination locations with various hours and access options. Registering your interest for a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to secure an appointment. There is also General Practice and Pharmacies offering vaccines.
In addition, there is
walk in facilities as per the following details:  

Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium - Pfizer only
North Street, Golden Beach
Monday to Sunday, 9.15am - 3.30pm.
Accepting all persons aged 12 and over.

Gympie Civic Centre - Pfizer and AZ clinic
Mellor Street, Gympie
Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm
Accepting all persons aged 12 and over.
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