Huge boost for eco-tourism
National park secures $3m
THE Sunshine Coast would be home to one of four key eco-tourism destinations under a plan being rolled out by the Palaszczuk Government.
The Glass House Mountains National Park would attract funding of $3.03 million to upgrade bushwalking, trail running, mountain biking and horse riding in plans to invest $40 million to attract more visitors to the state’s national parks.
Million-dollar facilities would also benefit the Daintree National Park, Whitsunday Island and Lamington National Park at the Gold Coast.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles said Queensland’s national parks rated among the best in the world but Tasmania remained the focus of eco-tourism in Australia.
“The Palaszczuk Government is going to turn that around,” Mr Miles said.
“Tourists are increasingly looking for premium options which is why glamping has become so popular.
“These upgrades will attract more visitors to the region and the state.”
Labor’s Glass House candidate Brent Hampstead said the upgrade would boost the local economy and create jobs.
“The Glass House Mountains are possibly Queensland’s most stunning natural landforms,” Mr Hampstead said.
“Improving the range of activities tourists can undertake in our gorgeous Glass House Mountains National Park will increase visitors’ length of stay, and expenditure per trip.”
Other projects across Queensland include a $2.11 million upgrade to Daintree National Park for a new boardwalk through the forest, as well as walking tracks and lookouts; a $10.9 million upgrade to Whitsunday Island for a multi-day walking track and new accommodation in the form of luxury “eco-lodges”; a $1.48 million upgrade to Lamington National Park walking tracks and design of a new Binna Burra Visitor Centre.