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New plan to support nature-based tourism in Hinchinbrook Island National Park

New plan to support nature-based tourism in Hinchinbrook Island National Park
August 3, 2017

A new management plan for the World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island National Park near Cardwell aims to support nature-based tourism in Far North Queensland.

Released today, the plan identifies the Park, and its popular 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail, as a premier coastal and island bushwalk drawcard for visitors.

To enhance visitor opportunities it envisages low-impact visitor experiences such as commercial guided bushwalks; while visitor numbers will continue to be capped to protect and manage the Park’s nature conservation values into the future.

Other key priorities of the plan include working in partnership with Traditional Owners and conserving the island’s flora and fauna by managing pest animals and weeds.

In its draft form the plan, the first in nearly two decades for the paradise island, received 46 submissions through a recent public consultation.

Commenting on the plan, Queensland National Parks Minister Steven Miles stated “we want visitors to Far North Queensland to be able to experience Hinchinbrook Island and its 40,400 hectares of incredible mountainous, mangrove-fringed Park.

“To determine the sustainable visitor experiences and activities that can be offered, the National Parks Department will also undertake an ecotourism feasibility study before inviting new applications for commercial activities.”

The new plan is the first to be produced by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) using a new, values-based planning framework based on international standards.

Minister Miles said the new plan would also ensure there was opportunity to capitalise on the growing nature-based tourism industry, adding “tourism and ecotourism is the lifeblood of this region.

“Our tourism industry, and the jobs it supports, rely on places like our national parks with their world-class conservation values for their livelihood.”

The plan is available at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/hinchinbrook

Image: Hinchinbrook Island National Park's Orchid Beach.

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