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Some people enjoy camping with electronic home comforts—fridges, microwaves and laptops—that often require the use of a generator. Camping in Queensland’s parks and forests doesn’t always mean leaving these luxuries behind as there are a number of camping areas around the state where generator use is allowed, see below.

Given that generator noise can disturb other people’s enjoyment of the area and disturb native wildlife, visitors are requested to consider alternatives such as solar panels, inverters or ‘charging while driving’.

Many visitors value our parks and forests as havens of peace and quiet. For this reason generators are not permitted in every national park and forest in Queensland. In areas where generator use is not allowed, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) may grant approval to use a small low dB generator (up to 2.0 Kva) to charge auxiliary batteries to run a medical appliance. A current medical certificate stating the medical condition and the necessity of the medical appliance is required. Contact the permit and licence management unit for an application form.

Read the noise generating appliances in QPWS managed areas operational policy (PDF, 97K)* for further information.

Generator conditions

In parks and forests where generator use is allowed, restrictions on noise level output and hours of use may apply.

Only low decibel (dB) generators, up to 2.0 Kva, with a maximum noise level output of up to 65 dB at 7 m are appropriate in our camp sites, unless otherwise specified.

Check specific park pages for other generator restrictions, including hours of use, in place for each camp site.

To reduce the risk of starting a wildfire from your generator, please:

  • locate the generator in an area clear of fuels, dry grass or other combustible objects
  • ensure extension cords do not cross access tracks and are rated for external use
  • ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe operation of your generator
  • ensure you are present whenever the generator is operating
  • never use the generator on days of local fire ban.

Where can I use a generator?

Find out which parks and forests in each region allow the use of generators:
StatewideAround BrisbaneAround TownsvilleCape York PeninsulaCentral Coast | Central Highlands | Mackay/Proserpine | North Queensland | Outback Queensland | Sunshine Coast | West of Brisbane |

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Last updated
17 December 2012