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Central West Queensland since 1923
Central West Queensland


22 May, 2020

Wetlands welcome to locals…for now

FOLLOWING their decision to remain open for self-contained essential travellers only, Lara Wetlands will begin allowing people back into the popular camping grounds from June 12.

By Hamish Hart

Longing for Lara…Popular tourist and local attraction, Lara Wetlands, will re-open from June 12 as a part of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions.

Located 28 kilometres south of Barcaldine and 78 kilometres north of Blackall, Lara Wetlands is a 15,000 acre station that has grown in popularity over the years due to its tranquil camping facilities that surround the wetlands.

Lara Wetlands Operator, Jodie Jarden, said her decision to re-open the wetlands directly correlates with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, accentuating that licences or passports are required for entry.

“As per the Queensland Government Roadmap to Easing Restrictions stage two, we will be opening on Friday, June 12,” Ms Jarden said. “Queenslanders living in the Outback are permitted to travel within a 500 kilometre radius of their residence to camp and holiday.

“However, as per Government regulations, proof of residence will be required at check in, as well as completion of all required paperwork. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will also be in place for the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff.”

Ms Jarden feels for those unable to travel large distances and hopes they are able to visit Lara Wetlands once Covid-19 restrictions are eased further.

“Hopefully in the near future, the travel distances will be increased and further restrictions will be eased,” Ms Jarden said. “We understand this is not ideal for those itching to get out and travel. However, we have to work with the allowances we do have.

“The Lara team wish to thank you for your co-operation and understanding during these strange times.”

Lara Wetlands will begin operating for residents within a 500 kilometre radius from June 12.

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