Queensland’s Nature-based Outdoor Economy

Queensland’s Nature-based Outdoor Economy

The economic contribution of Queensland's nature-based outdoor recreation sector

Posted on 10.07.2019

SkillsIQ commissioned Marsden Jacob Associates to conduct a study to better understand the impact of the nature-based outdoor recreation sector on Australia’s economy. A quantitative evaluation was conducted to establish a picture of this sector, covering both participation across activities and also the economics of the sector in relation to employment, expenditure, and Gross Value-Add (GVA).

The findings of the research are being released through individual reports specific to each state and territory.

To access the Queensland report, please click the button below.

Headline Numbers


Many people in Queensland say our nature-based, outdoor oriented lifestyle is a key part of the state’s quality of life and social character. However, viewing nature-based outdoor activity merely as a leisure or lifestyle issue can obscure its economic importance.

This report shows that Queensland’s nature-based outdoor activity sector is a larger part of Queensland’s economy than most of us realise. Around $3.62 billion is spent each year on nature-based outdoor activities in Queensland. This expenditure makes a $1.94 billion contribution to the state’s economy and supports around 33,500 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Many nature-based outdoor activities support regional economies by shifting expenditure from urban to regional towns and cities and rural areas. …

Until now, an overarching and consistent picture of Queensland’s nature-based outdoor activity sector – covering participation by activity and the contribution of Queensland’s outdoors industries to our economy and communities – has been missing.

The reports establish an important body of evidence which underpins the importance of ensuring the development of a skilled workforce to support participation in nature-based outdoor activities.
Read More

For further information, please contact Liz Horne at SkillsIQ on (02) 9392 8100.
The SkillsIQ Team




Have a story to tell or news to share?

Let us know by Submitting a News Story

Discover Queensland

Explore all of Queensland’s adventures.

Start Exploring

What's On



Come and Try Family Day

Come and Try Family Day
Read more



Pinnacle Sports Top Rope Course

If there is one question we’re always asked by non-climbers, it’s this – how do you get the ropes up there?!
Read more



2019 Australian Walking & Cycling Conference

Read more

Latest News

New quad bike laws

Federal Government set to introduce new quad bike laws requiring crush protection devices

Read more
You are invited!

... to the Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance 2019 Symposium

Read more
Jacqui Bell about to make history

Ultramarathon runner and Outdoors Queensland Awards Guest speaker

Read more

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

Learn More
Tail Lights by Georgina Pratten