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Trails and Tracks: Queensland’s Ecotourism Revolution

Trails and Tracks: Queensland's Ecotourism Revolution

Exploring the Great Outdoors Gets a Boost in Queensland

Queensland, known for its stunning landscapes, is set to become a trailblazer in ecotourism with a $750,000 investment in the development of new bushwalking and mountain biking trails.

Spearheaded by the Honourable Michael Healy, Minister for Tourism and Sport, the Tracks and Trails program aims to enhance outdoor experiences, support environmental preservation, and generate economic benefits.

Surging Popularity: Queensland’s Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Queensland Government, in collaboration with local councils and stakeholders, is allocating funds to plan and improve six trails in regions such as the Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Cardwell, Mackay, Redlands/Logan, and Townsville/Hinchinbrook.

The state has witnessed a remarkable increase in outdoor activities, with more than 100,000 residents engaging in mountain biking—a 110% surge since 2016.

Bushwalking, too, has seen a significant rise, with 424,000 Queenslanders taking to the trails.

Mackay’s Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail

Mackay Regional Council is set to receive $150,000 for planning the second stage of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail.

Currently under construction, the first stage features a purpose-built trailhead, pump track, and 14.5 kilometres of trails in Finch Hatton.

The second stage proposes an 82-kilometer trail through the subtropical rainforest from Eungella to Finch Hatton.

Cairns’ Smithfield Mountain Bike Park

Cairns Regional Council will benefit from a $150,000 grant to enhance the renowned 60-kilometer rainforest trails within the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.

The investment aims to improve operations and maintenance, cementing Cairns as a premier destination for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Ecotourism’s Economic Impact

These investments align with the Queensland Government’s commitment to delivering genuine ecotourism experiences, creating new income streams for park preservation, and fostering long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits.

As Minister Healy notes, “We plan to preserve our natural wonders while offering immersive experiences in the unique ecological diversity of Queensland.”

Queensland’s Ecotourism Trail Project

In the words of a member of Springwood, Mick de Brenni, the project signifies a vision of community leaders working collaboratively.

The Koala Coast Ecotourism Trail Project across Redlands and Logan, with a $75,000 state government contribution, will open up one of the nation’s longest mountain biking, walking, and horse-riding trail networks, further solidifying Queensland’s position on the global ecotourism map.

Queensland’s Tracks and Trails program promises not only to satisfy the adventurous spirits of locals but also to position the state as a must-visit destination for international ecotourism enthusiasts.