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 Yarrabah restricted area is the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire and includes all public and private places.
The maximum amount of alcohol a person can have in the restricted area is limited to:
- 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.
Fortified wine, full-strength beer and pre-mixed spirits are not allowed in Yarrabah.
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
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