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Designers identify potential of North Queensland’s Wangetti Trail
Designers of the $21 million Wangetti Trail have identified “an amazing array of vistas and sites of interest” after recently walking the route - which stretches 76 kilometres north of Cairns - for the first time.
They include the Spring Creek waterfall and a lookout overlooking Ellis Beach.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the designers from World Trail had completed a full walk-through of the proposed track.
She said the Cairns-based trail design company had been contracted with inspecting the proposed track alignment, commenting “already, they’ve identified an amazing array of vistas and sites of interest to attract new tourists to the region.
“This is a project that we expect will generate around $300 million over the next 30 years and will create 150 jobs once it’s operational.
“The Yirrganydji people and other Traditional Owner groups are being engaged and are providing advice on cultural matters to ensure that cultural heritage will be protected and celebrated.
“We’re also looking to ensure that the indigenous owners share in the ongoing economic benefits that will flow from the Trail’s operations.”
The milestone comes after Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones revealed in May the Queensland Government would fund the $950,000 detailed design and business case for the hiking and mountain bike trail between Palm Cove and Port Douglas.
Minister Jones stated “ecotourism opportunities in and around national parks will play a significant role in diversifying our tourism product mix and improving our market share of the emerging ecotourism sector.
“I’m working closely with the Minister for Environment, the Minister for State Development, the Minister for Natural Resources and the Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland to bring to market a range of multi-purpose walking and bike-riding trails.
“It makes sense for us to invest in ecotourism to make the most of Queensland’s natural beauty.”
Image: A potential lookout location above Ellis Beach as part of the new million Wangetti Trail. Courtesy of World Trail.
6th July 2018 - New data shows tourism a key driver of Queensland’s economy
27th June 2018 - New plan to recognise Australia’s first eco-certified region
23rd June 2018 - IRONMAN to be staged in Cairns for five more years
27th September 2016 - WTTC calls for global tourism to become more accessible
3rd February 2016 - Massive growth in bushwalking as ‘green exercise’ and holiday activity
4th November 2015 - Atherton hiking and biking trails win achievement award for QPWS
12th September 2013 - Queensland ecotourism plan released
13th September 2012 - Ecotourism the key driver of tourism yield in the Asia-Pacific
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