JUNGLE Lodge at Cape Tribulation has received a boost with a Federal Government Grant for more than $200,000.
It is one of 65 tourism projects nationwide to share in $13.1 million in Federal Government funding under the Tourism Regional Development Fund Grants program.
The lodge’s eco-accommodation will receive more than $212,000 to further develop its facilities.
Ocean Safari owners Peter and Jan Claxton bought Jungle Lodge in October last year with a vision to enhance the existing facilities and develop the property into a rainforest retreat.
The grant will help the development of 10 self-sufficient eco-friendly cabins, complete with solar panels, to complement the existing 20 powered camp sites.
The semi-permanent cabins will hopefully attract a a wider range of visitors by offering higher quality accommodation options.
Work will also be undertaken on exisiting facilities, including the amenities block, manager’s residence, laundry and communal barbecue area.
‘‘Jungle Lodge and the Broadwalk Cafe are in the perfect location, only 400 metres from the beach, where our Ocean Safari tours to the Great Barrier Reef depart from,’’ Mr Claxton said.
‘‘We see each of the products complementing each other and with the addition of a few more adventure activities, we envisage a base for a popular new tourism precinct.’’
The Claxtons also own and operate the popular Whitsunday tour Ocean Rafting which won the 2012 Australian Tourism award for tours.