NO GO: Mapleton National Park and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great walk are closed until further notice.
NO GO: Mapleton National Park and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great walk are closed until further notice. Warren Lynam

CLOSED: Cyclone damage shuts down Coast holiday hotspots

THE Easter long weekend is just around the corner and the school holidays are in full swing, but if you're planning a trip to these six places you're bound to be disappointed.

But in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie blasting the Sunshine Coast, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has been forced to close six popular areas until further notice.

The Great Walks, most walking tracks and day use areas in affected parks have been closed as rangers assess the damage and work on repairs.

National Parks Minster Steven Miles said parks and State forests in Mackay, the Whitsundays and the Gold Coast hinterland were the worst hit, but many areas, like the Sunshine Coast, had also been affected.

Has cyclone Debbie and its aftermath impacted your Easter holiday plans?

This poll ended on 13 April 2017.

Current Results

Yes, we've had to completely change our plans.

6%

Yes, but we've been able to work around it.

13%

Not at all.

80%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"It will take some weeks for the full impacts of TC Debbie across a huge swathe of Queensland to be identified. In some instances it will take months for safe access to be re-established," he said.

"Safety is our top priority, so please follow the directions of park rangers, observe signage, take note of our park alerts, and stay safe."

Visitors to parks are urged to observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and to stay out of closed areas.

Campers who have booked passes can apply for a refund or gift card at qld.gov.au/camping or phone 13 74 68.

To keep up to date with park access and closures, visit Park Alerts at npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts.

AFFECTED PARKS:

. Bellthorpe National Park

. Conondale Range Great Walk

. Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

. Mapleton National Park

. Parklands Regional Park

. Tuchekoi National Park


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