Strict new poo rule for popular campsite

Dorrigo South or Pelican Bay camping areas in Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area are popular camping areas for tourists. Picture: Queensland Government
Dorrigo South or Pelican Bay camping areas in Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area are popular camping areas for tourists. Picture: Queensland Government

Visitors to one of the most immaculate 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, those who camp at Dorrigo South or Pelican Bay camping area in Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, near Queensland’s Great Sandy National Park will be required to bring a portable toilet.

This is aimed to stopped people from relieving themselves in nature, better known as “bush toileting”.

Tourists are being warned that 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.”

The park has outlined that 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,” they’ve warned.

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