Why should I get tested for COVID-19?

Early diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) means you can find the help you need to get better, take steps to avoid spreading the virus to someone else, and keep our community safe.


When should I get tested?

If you have respiratory or flu/cold-like symptoms, which could include:

  • cough
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny/stuffy nose
  • lack of taste or smell, and/or
  • fatigue.

It is vital that anyone who has symptoms gets tested immediately.


How much does it cost?

It is free to get tested for COVID-19 at the GP respiratory clinics and fever clinics listed below.


Where can I get tested?

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can visit:

  • GP respiratory clinics
  • Other testing and fever clinics
  • Hospital Emergency Departments and Health Centres
  • Your local doctor

GP respiratory clinics, and other testing and fever clinics – locations

  • Atherton

    Atherton Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Clinic

    Atherton Showgrounds

    Entrance via Roberts Road.

    * Appointments only

    How to book an appointment: Call 0400 969 882.

    Opening hours: 8am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday

  • Bowen

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    BHP/Vanguard Health COVID-19 Testing Centre – Bowen

    53 Gregory Street
    Bowen
    Phone: 1800 980 574

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call 1800 980 574 or book online.

  • Cairns


    Cairns (Woree) Respiratory Clinic

    SmartClinics Woree Family Medical Centre

    14/600 Bruce Highway
    Woree
    Phone: 1300 411 748

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call 1300 411 748 or book online.


    Manoora (Wuchopperen) Respiratory Clinic

    6 Moignard Street
    Manoora
    Phone: (07) 4080 1068

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment:  Call (07) 4080 1068 or book online.


    Cairns Hospital Testing and Fever Clinic

    178 Lake Street
    Cairns
    Phone: (07) 4226 4781

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4226 4781


    Cairns North Testing and Fever Clinic

    381 Sheridan Street
    Cairns
    Phone: (07) 4226 4781

    * Not for children under 15 years, no referral necessary, by appointment only, drive-through clinic

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4226 4781

  • Charters Towers

    Charters Towers Respiratory Clinic

    Gold City Medical Centre

    1 Gill Street
    Charters Towers QLD 4820
    Phone: (07) 4787 7203

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4787 7203 or book online.

  • Innisfail

    Innisfail Drive-through COVID Testing Service

    Innisfail Hospital
    87 Rankin Street
    Innisfail

    Entrance via Rankin Street (Innisfail Hospital). Look out for signage.

    * By appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4016 1411.

  • Mackay

    Mackay Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Clinic

    Mackay Showgrounds
    Entry via Milton Street
    Mackay

    * No referral necessary, drive-through clinic

    Opening hours: 9am–4pm, Monday to Friday

  • Mareeba

    Mareeba Drive-thru COVID Clinic

    Band Hall
    Borzi Park
    Chewko Road
    Mareeba

    Download map.

    * By appointment only. COVID-19 tests are still available at Mareeba Hospital on weekends and for patients who do not have vehicles.

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4092 9342.

  • Moranbah

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    BHP/Vanguard Health COVID-19 Testing Centre – Moranbah

    146 Mills Avenue
    Moranbah
    Phone: 1800 980 574

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call 1800 980 574 or book online.

  • Townsville

    Townsville Respiratory Clinic

    Upper Ross Medical Centre

    1199 Riverway Drive
    Rasmussen QLD 4815
    Phone: 0432 488 997

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call 0432 488 997 or book online.


    1300 Smiles Stadium COVID-19 drive-through community assessment clinic

    Eastern carpark
    1300 Smiles Stadium
    Golf Links Drive
    Kirwan

    * No referral or appointments necessary, drive-through clinic

    Opening hours: 8am-7pm, 7 days a week


    Kirwan COVID-19 drive-through community assessment clinic

    Kirwan Community Health Campus
    138 Thuringowa Drive
    Kirwan

    * Follow the signs. No referral or appointments necessary, drive-through clinic. Please do not approach the reception desk or enter the facility to be tested.

    Opening hours: 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday


    Riverway Drive/Upper Ross Pop-up COVID-19 clinic

    Located along Riverway Drive in the Woolworths carpark
    1225 Riverway Drive
    Rasmussen

    * No referral or appointments necessary. There will be no Strand pop-up clinic until further notice.

    Opening hours: 9am-2pm, Monday to Friday until 2 October 2020.


    Magnetic Island Health Service

    Get tested for COVID-19 at the Magnetic Island Health Service. Please call ahead if you wish to be tested on (07) 4778 5107.

    The clinic will be open Monday to Friday, 11am–5pm. 

  • Whitsundays

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    Whitsunday Respiratory Clinic

    48/226 Shute Harbour Road
    Cannonvale QLD 4802
    Phone: (07) 4804 5664

    * No referral necessary, by appointment only

    How to book an appointment: Call (07) 4804 5664 or book online.


    Airlie Beach COVID-19 testing clinic (port)

    Located at Port of Airlie, Cove Road.

    * No referral or appointments necessary.

    Opening hours: 9am-4pm, 7 days a week.


    Airlie Beach COVID-19 testing clinic (lagoon)

    Located at Airlie Beach lagoon car park.

    * No referral or appointments necessary.

    Opening hours: 10am-4pm, daily (until Sunday 6 September).


Rural and remote locations – hospitals and health centres


Your local doctor

Some general practices can test you for COVID-19 or can refer you to a clinic for testing. Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.

Your local doctor will advise you of any costs to be tested for COVID-19.

Find a doctor.


What happens when I get tested?

Testing for COVID-19 involves collecting nasal (inside your nose) or throat swabs, and/or sputum (mucus coughed up). Samples are sent to a laboratory to test for COVID-19.

The person who tests you for COVID-19 will tell you how you will receive your results, or you can ask them.

If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next. If you are well enough to take care of yourself, you will need to stay at home in self-isolation until you recover. If you get sicker, you may be admitted to hospital in an isolation area.

If you are waiting on a test result, the people you live with and other close contacts do not need to be in quarantine unless the local public health unit tells them to. They should stay away from the sick person as much as possible.