Just 10 kilometres from the Queensland border, residents at the “makeshift refugee camp” in NSW say they’re completely homeless due to strict border controls.
Across the country, hundreds of Queenslanders ineligible for the new home quarantine trial remain stuck in other states.
At the showgrounds, families, pets, and people have set up camp in tents, or have resorted to sleeping in their cars
“There’s actually thousands. Thousands and thousands of people in the same boat,” stranded Queensland resident Freda Norris said.
Leah Gilleland is living in her hatchback.
“It’s just horrendous what they’re doing to us. I feel unwanted, unwelcome and unloved,” she said.
Wendy Riddoch says she has fallen on tough times.
Fully vaccinated and virus-free, Ms Riddoch and her dog Teddy are sleeping in a leaky caravan until they are allowed to travel to Townsville.
“It’s a challenge every day,” Ms Riddoch said.
“What you see behind me is all I have now.
“Not a cent to my name to pay for flights.”
Those stranded are getting by on charity and one another’s support.
The Queensland Government says it warned people months ago about the border rules and returning residents should have known better.
But all of them have a story and none can afford hotel quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s unlikely a decision will be made about when the border will reopen until after National Cabinet next month.
A week later, international travel is scheduled to resume in NSW, meaning some of those stuck over the border could fly to London or Los Angeles before they’re allowed drive into Queensland.