Restricted area

The Pormpuraaw restricted area is the Pormpuraaw Shire and includes all public and private places.

It is an offence to drink in a public place anywhere in Queensland.

Alcohol restrictions

The maximum amount of alcohol that a person can carry in Pormpuraaw Shire is:

  • 2.25 litres of any liquor (the equivalent of 6 x 375ml cans), with an alcohol concentration of less than 4% alcohol by volume.

This amount is per person on foot or per vehicle, boat or aircraft regardless of the number of people in it.

One licensed premise has a Community Liquor Permit – the Pormpuraaw United Brothers Sports Club. Alcohol is limited to takeaway sales from the club of light to mid-strength beer or pre-mixed alcohol less than 4% only.

There is no on-premises consumption of alcohol at the club. Specific club membership rules apply.


Maximum penalties for possessing illegal alcohol in the restricted area are:

  • first offence 375 penalty units (currently $50,043)
  • second offence 525 penalty units (currently $70,061) or 6 months imprisonment
  • third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $100,087) 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 into the restricted area. The maximum penalty for this offence is 375 penalty units (currently $50,043).

The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,535).

These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area.

The penalty unit from 1 July 2019 is $133.45.

Sly grog

It is illegal to sell alcohol without a licence or permit (sly grog) in Queensland. Penalties apply.

To report incidents of sly grog phone the confidential Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815.

Additional conditions

The carriage limit and takeaway arrangements are temporary, expiring at midnight on 31 December 2020.

The zero carriage limit will be reinstated on 1 January 2021.

Further, in the following situations the carriage limit and takeaway arrangements will cease:

  • if the club reopens for on-premises alcohol consumption


  • if it is determined there are risks to community health or safety.

More information

Read about Alcohol Management Plans or email ltc@datsip.qld.gov.au for more information.

Further information

Call 13 QGOV (13 7468) for more information about alcohol limits