Wangetti Trail Registration of Interest

Wangetti Trail Registration of Interest

Registration of Interest Now Open

Posted on 01.07.2019

QORF has been asked by The Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games to share the this Registration of Interest opportunity on the proposed Wangetti Trail with the outdoors community.

Queensland Ecotourism Trails are ecologically sustainable opportunities that aim to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to Traditional Owners, regional communities and to Queensland.

The first multi-day, dual-use hiking and mountain biking trail in Queensland, the proposed Wangetti Trail is an iconic ecotourism opportunity linking Port Douglas and Palm Cove, with a mid-way point at Wangetti township. A staged market engagement process will find the best ecotourism proposals from Tourism Operators, with the Registration of Interest process now open. In partnership with Traditional Owners, Tourism Operators will be able to provide ecotourism experiences such as guided walks and operate low impact eco-accommodation along the trail once complete.

Queensland Ecotourism Trails is a program facilitated by the Tourism Development Projects Division at the Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (the Department), jointly with the Department of Environment and Science.

 

About the Wangetti Trail

The Wangetti Trail will be one of Australia’s leading adventure based ecotourism experiences, attracting visitors on an international scale.

It will be a 94-kilometre dual-use walking and mountain biking track through Tropical North Queensland’s coast and hinterland from Port Douglas to Palm Cove.

More about the trail ...

The Wangetti Trail will be one of Australia’s leading adventure based ecotourism experiences, attracting visitors on an international scale.

It will be a 94-kilometre dual-use walking and mountain biking track through Tropical North Queensland’s coast and hinterland from Port Douglas to Palm Cove.

Local and international visitors will enjoy one-of-a-kind Indigenous cultural and nature-based experiences, winding through the stunning coastal and hinterland scenery of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef.

Highlights

The Wangetti Trail will be a one-of-a-kind experience of the region’s Indigenous cultural history and stunning coastal and hinterland scenery of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef.

With internationally recognisable scenery and iconic lookouts, the Wangetti Trail will include guided tours, beach connections, unique flora and fauna and public campsites or privately-operated eco-accommodation.

Visitors will be able to walk the trail from Port Douglas to Wangetti Beach over the optimal six days and bike from Wangetti Beach to Palm Cove over three days.

In close collaboration with the Traditional Owners and subject to approvals, the Tourism Operator may also provide a range of additional tourism experiences such as guided tours.

Trail Route

The detailed design for the Wangetti Trail alignment was released on 8 April 2019. On completion, the Wangetti Trail will stretch 94 kilometres and is expected to be ‘Grade 3’ (medium difficulty) for walkers and ‘More Difficult’ for mountain bikers, providing an accessible but challenging offering for visitors.

The Trail will feature public campsites or privately-operated eco-accommodation at five locations. Eco-accommodation may include cabins, retreats or huts. All facilities along the trail must be delivered in accordance with the Department of Environment and Science’s Implementation Framework: Ecotourism Facilities on National Parks.

For more information on the Registration of Interest process, please contact the Tourism Development Projects Division

  • Rhianne Bell on 0411 502 857, or
  • Erin Rigby on 0431 159 693.

For more information about the Queensland Ecotourism Trails program:

For more information about the Wangetti Trail:

 

 

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