Alcohol restrictions in Queensland communities
You are not allowed to drink alcohol in a public place in Queensland, unless the area is an approved wet area.
The Hope Vale restricted area is the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire including all public and private places.
Sections of the Isabella Creek-McIvor River Road, Barrett Creek Road and Cameron Creek Road that pass through the shire are excluded from the restricted area because they lead to private properties in Cook Shire.
The maximum amount of alcohol that a person can have in the restricted area is:
- 11.25 litres (1 carton of 30 x 375ml cans) of light or mid-strength beer with less than 4% of alcohol concentration
- 750 ml (1 bottle) of unfortified wine.
Cask wine, fortified wine, full-strength beer and pre-mixed spirits are not allowed in Hope Vale.
This amount is per person on foot or per vehicle, boat or aircraft regardless of the number of people in it.
It is illegal to sell alcohol without a licence or permit (sly grog) in Queensland. Penalties apply.
Phone the confidential Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815 to report incidents of sly grog.
Maximum penalties for possessing illegal alcohol in the restricted area are:
- first offence 375 penalty units (currently $53,906)
- second offence 525 penalty units (currently $75,468) or 6 months imprisonment
- third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $107,812) or 18 months imprisonment.
Vehicles found carrying alcohol above the set quantity in the restricted area may be confiscated.
It is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol above the set quantity into the restricted area. The maximum is 375 penalty units (currently $53,906).
The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,731).
These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area.
The penalty unit from 1 July 2022 is $143.75.
In this guide:
- Hope Vale
- Lockhart River
- Mornington Island
- Northern Peninsula Area
- Palm Island
- Wujal Wujal