COVID-19: Aussies hold illegal beach party, arrests made amid coronavirus restrictions

Footage of the massive party was posted online.
Footage of the massive party was posted online. Photo credit: Instagram

About 300 partygoers in Queensland have been caught breaching COVID-19 restrictions, hosting a massive gathering on a beach near the northern city of Cairns.

According to police, people were drinking alcohol and camping illegally while a DJ blasted music at Wangetti Beach on Saturday.

Video of the massive party, released on Monday, shows people in their hundreds partying despite Queensland's current restrictions only allowing gatherings of 100. Social distancing of 1.5m is also mandatory.

"Police dispersed the crowd and conducted enforcement actions which included random breath tests, consumption of liquor in a public place and being intoxicated in a public place," Far North Queensland police said in a statement.

"A 35-year-old Cairns North man was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of suspected stolen property, public nuisance and two counts of obstructing police. 

"Two 23-year-old men were also issued with Notices to Appear in court for allegedly drunk driving."

People who breach gathering and distancing restrictions can be fined up to NZ$1447 on the spot, police said.

Queensland on Monday reported one new coronavirus case in the past 24 hours in one of its managed isolation facilities, the state's health department said.

The state has been largely successful in combating the spread of COVID-19 but there were fears it would re-emerge in the community after three women - two of whom had tested positive for coronavirus - returned to Queensland from virus-ravaged Melbourne, providing false information so they didn't have to enter mandatory quarantine.

Queensland has just 11 active cases of coronavirus.