Track reaches out to tourists

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

A Bloom­field Track wild­ner­ess ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors has been talked about for years, and now there is pro­ject to bring the idea to fruition.

Tour op­er­a­tors and other stake­hold­ers have en­vis­aged a trail through the area, guided by sig­nage and other in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing wi-fi, to en­hance and en­rich the visit for tourists.

The pro­ject is a col­lab­o­ra­tion co­or­di­nated by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and sup­ported by the Wet Trop­ics Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

Tap­ping into the re­sources and knowl­edge of Coun­cil, WTMA, Ja­bal­bina Yalanji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree, the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal Society and lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors, the pro­ject has de­vel­oped an e-book and associated road mark­ers to pro­mote the Bloom­field Track as a wilder­ness drive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The e-book pro­vides vis­i­tors with a greater un­der­stand­ing of the In­dige­nous val­ues and cul­tural his­tory of the area as well as the nat­u­ral as­sets along the 33km track, in­clud­ing an in­tro­duc­tion to the area’s plants and an­i­mals.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said Coun­cil has con­trib­uted $10,000 to the pro­ject and WTMA com­mit­ted $15,000 on top of the sig­nif­i­cant re­sources pro­vided by all stake­hold­ers.

“The pro­ject has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for many or­gan­i­sa­tions to col­lab­o­rate and pro­duce an in­ter­pre­tive prod­uct that is in­no­va­tive in the way it shares and de­liv­ers in­for­ma­tion,” Mayor Leu said.

“Along with au­dios of wildlife calls that ac­com­pany text and images of the area, sec- tions of the e-book are nar­rated to en­able the lis­tener to gain the most from their jour­ney.

“Also through au­dio, Tra­di­tional Own­ers share their sto­ries about the sig­nif­i­cance of parts of the track.

“Queensland Parks and Wildlife are as­sist­ing Coun­cil of­fi­cers ex­plore ways to pro­vide wifi ef­fec­tively at the newly-de­vel­oped Dain­tree Gate­way so that vis­i­tors can down­load the e-book prior to cross­ing the Dain­tree River by ferry.

“The e-book nar­ra­tive guide com­mences at Cape Tribu­la­tion with posts marked along the 33km of track to Bloom­field Falls cor­re­spond­ing to com­men­tary and script.

“I’m de­lighted we have been able to fi­nally de­liver on what is a very im­por­tant com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive.”

WTMA pro­gram man­ager Paul Chantrill said the pro­ject was an ex­am­ple of what can be achieved through col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The pro­ject was borne out of con­sul­ta­tion with those in tourism in the Dain­tree tourism in­dus­try who noted the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence as they travel along the Bloom­field Track,” Mr Chantrill said.

“It is im­por­tant stake­hold­ers work to­gether to sup­port this rich and in­ter­est­ing part of the Wet Trop­ics World Her­itage Area in a cul­tur­ally and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive man­ner.

“The pro­ject puts the des­ti­na­tion and its vis­i­tors first and fore­most and we’re very proud of the out­come.”

De­tails on the of­fi­cial launch of the Bloom­field Track wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence will be re­leased in the com­ing weeks.

Bloom­field Track ma­te­rial to help vis­i­tors ap­pre­ci­ate the sights

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