Ipswich not too keen on camping
THE Ipswich region is lagging behind the rest of the state when it comes to families staying in national parks.
Just 561 people pitched a tent in the area's key national parks during the September-October school holidays.
They spent about two nights on average in the parks.
The State Government figures were slightly down on the same period last year.
The region failed to make a mark on the Queensland-wide top-20 national park camping spots ladder.
Main Range National Park attracted 316 campers, Benarkin State Forest had 153 campers, Main Range Remote Bush Park had 61 and Moogerah Peaks (Mt French) National Park had 31.
Fraser Island with 9290 campers, Cooloola Recreation Area with 8373 and Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area with 7043 were the most sought after national parks in Queensland.
There are 305 national parks across the state.
Recreation Minister Steve Dickson said upgrade and maintenance work would attract more visitors to the parks.
"We're investing more and more in facilities and infrastructure to protect the natural environment and we're encouraging people to visit these pristine natural areas," Mr Dickson said.
"When you add the thousands of people that came for day visits during the holidays, it makes for an impressive number that have heard our message that Queensland's national parks are stunning destinations that are open for all."
Figures for day visitors were not available.
WHERE WE STAYED
National park camping visitors and nights spent for the September/October holidays in 2014 and 2013:
Main Range National Park
- 2014: 316 campers, 660 camping nights
- 2013: 308 campers, 767 camping nights
Benarkin State Forest
- 2014: 153 campers, 320 camping nights
- 2013: 126 campers, 315 camping nights
Main Range Remote Bush Camping
- 2014: 61campers, 73 camping nights
- 2013: 56 campers, 59 camping nights
Moogerah Peaks (Mt French) National Park
- 2014: 31 campers, 59 camping nights
- 2013: 65campers, 81 camping nights
Source: State Government