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New Queensland ecotrail contributes to walking tourism
A new 2.2 kilometre Mount Vane walking track, designed and constructed by Minjerribah’s (North Stradbroke Island) Traditional Owners, the Quandamooka People, is the latest upgrade to tracks and campgrounds supported through the Queensland Government’s economic transition strategy.
Keen bush walkers can now enjoy 360-degree views of Moreton Bay and Quandamooka Country from a lookout atop one of Minjerribah’s highest peaks.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said projects like the Mount Vane walk are crucial for the future of Minjerribah, stating "tourism is Queensland’s most sustainable industry. We’re working with the Quandamooka People, to develop the next generation of eco and cultural tourism experiences.
“With its upgraded campgrounds and recreational trails, unique cultural experiences, and Australia’s best land-based whale watching, Minjerribah will be recognised globally as a leading eco and cultural tourism destination.
“Minjerribah is home to some of the most striking scenery in Queensland, with original eucalypt and scribbly gum forests containing rich and ancient cultural heritage.
“This new walk joins two existing walks within Naree Budjong Djara (My Mother Earth) National Park to create a 10 kilometre network of trails.
“This offers walkers a half day of trekking to special sights like Karboora (Deep Silent Pool, also known as Blue Lake) and a number of peaks with sweeping views over 18 Mile Swamp to the Gold Coast.
“Naree Budjong Djara National Park, which covers about 50% of Minjerribah, is cared for by the Quandamooka People’s Land and Sea Rangers in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
“The Mount Vane walk is one of the many new ecotourism experiences we’re delivering on cross the island over the next few years, as part of the economic transition strategy.”
“Ecotourism makes sense for Minjerribah. More than 20 Quandamooka rangers were involved in the design and construction of this track and research has revealed that walking tourism alone has the potential to pump $16 million a year into the local economy,” she said.
Minister Jones said work was also progressing at the popular Adams Beach campgrounds at Goompi (Dunwich).
The southern end of the Adams Beach campgrounds is being transformed with environmentally and culturally sensitive beachside accommodation including eco-tents, glamping and safari tents, alongside specially designed containers transformed into glamorous cabins. The upgrade is expected to be completed in time for the winter school holidays.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Cameron Costello said the state’s tourism industry was undergoing a cultural awakening with the realisation that Aboriginal country, culture and people were critical to its future success.
Costello advised “the Quandamooka People have always shared the sanctuary that is Minjerribah, with visitors who respect our values and connection to Country.
“Today we are excited by the potential of low impact, sensitively-designed eco and cultural tourism that allows visitors to experience the beauty of our land and the traditions of our ancestors while contributing to real economic opportunities for Traditional Owners through business and employment.”
For more information on the recreational trails project, including public consultation, and the Adams Beach campgrounds upgrade go to qyac.net.au
11th April 2019 - Queensland Government approves Scenic Rim walking trail venture
31st January 2019 - Residents and visitors encouraged to comment on new strategies for Mount Coolum
13th September 2018 - Designers identify potential of North Queensland’s Wangetti Trail
6th September 2018 - Australia’s longest rail trail to boost South East Queensland tourism
27th December 2017 - North Stradbroke Island’s campgrounds returned to Indigenous owners
5th September 2015 - North Stradbroke Island should revert to traditional indigenous name
12th July 2012 - $1 million boost for Indigenous tourism on the Gold Coast
4th July 2011 - Native title win for North Stradbroke’s traditional owners
19th July 2010 - Demand for Australian Indigenous tourism
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