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Wangetti Trail

Offering walkers and mountain-bike riders a wilderness bushland and ocean experience, showcasing the beauty of the Wet Tropics, national parks, and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas, the Wangetti Trail will be one of Australia’s leading adventure based ecotourism experiences, attracting visitors on an international scale.

76 km in length, the proposed route will be divided into six sections, with a further 18km of optional links and trails that provide access to accommodation, towns or special features.

The Trail’s route is proposed to be walked in six days/five nights (end-to-end) and two days/one night for riders. Due to the Trail’s unique accessibility, visitors will have the ability to drop-in and off, allowing them to complete individual sections rather than the entire Trail. This accessibility will increase the potential users on the track at any one time and overall visitation numbers to the region.

It is proposed to establish five accommodation nodes along the trail, allowing walkers to stay enroute for the entire experience by offering a choice of camping facilities, along with luxury accommodation offerings in the form of premium glamping or lodges.

For further information visit the Wangetti Trail web page.

Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail

As part of the Queensland Government’s strategy to promote ecotourism, the government is seeking partnerships with the private sector to deliver new ecotourism accommodation facilities and experiences in regional Queensland, beginning with three trails - Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail.

The Queensland Government would like to partner with the private sector, local governments and Traditional Owners to proudly present and profile our national parks through unique and innovative ecotourism projects to deliver world-class eco-accommodation, infrastructure and nature based experiences in, and adjacent, to Queensland’s protected area estate.

Expressions of Interest

An Expression of Interest is now open for the Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail.

Please refer to the QTenders website where the Queensland Government advertises tender opportunities.

An EOI brochure (PDF) is also available.

Activities to comprise the Selection Process and indicative timing are as follows*:

  • 12 October 2018 – EOI opens
  • 8 November 2018 – Deadline for clarifications
  • 16 November 2018 – Closing date to access EOI document
  • 30 November 2018 – Submit EOI proposal
  • 1-7 December 2018 – Proponent presentations
  • Q1 2019 – Notification to each shortlisted proponent
  • Q2 2019 – Request for Details Proposals (RFDP) released
  • Q3 2019 – Closing date for RFDP response
  • Q4 2019 – Transaction documents signed by State and successful proponent

*This timeline is indicative only and is subject to change.

The exact timing of the Selection Process will be determined by the State at the completion of the EOI and RFDP processes.

Thorsborne Trail

Photo: Queensland Government

Photo: Queensland Government

The Thorsborne Trail is an existing 32 kilometre, class 5 trail along the eastern coast of Hinchinbrook Island, 8km off the Queensland coast at Cardwell.

Home to the world’s largest number of mangrove species with significant environmental and natural attraction, Thorsborne trail offers walkers a challenging trek through often cloud covered mountain, fragile heath vegetation, lush rainforest and tall eucalypt forests.

Access to the Thorsborne Trail is either by private vessel, launched from Cardwell or Lucinda (Dungeness), or by the commercial ferries which transport people to both ends of the trail. Services may vary according to weather, tidal conditions and time of year.

Read more about the Thorsborne Trail and Hinchinbrook Island National Park.

Cooloola Great Walk

Photo: Sue Gregory

Photo: Sue Gregory

The Cooloola Great Walk is approximately 102 kilometres in length and located in the Great Sandy National Park. A Grade 4 walking track, it is recommended that walkers be experienced as the track has limited directional signs, and is long, rough and very steep in places.

From giant sand hills to hidden rainforests, the walk is surrounded by nature’s chorus both day and night, captivated by a mass of spring wildflowers and stunning mirror-image surface reflections on the dark waters of the upper Noosa River. Walkers also experience lush rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains crossing over vast sandblows, past perched lakes and along sandy beaches.

The Cooloola Great Walk takes most hikers five days and four nights to complete in its entirety, however there are also short walks available in the area. There are four evenly-spaced public campsites along the route which require nightly permits to occupy.

Read more about the Cooloola Great Walk.

Whitsunday Island Trail

Photo: Queensland Government

Photo: Queensland Government

Whitsunday Island is the largest of the Whitsunday group of islands. Famed for its natural beauty, the island supports a population of unadorned rock-wallabies, and from May to September the Whitsundays are an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales.

The island’s Whitehaven Beach is world-renowned for its pure white silica sand and crystal-clear water and surrounding reefs contain a dazzling variety of corals. The islands and surrounding waters are protected by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Whitsunday Island Trail features six public campsites and eight walking tracks.

The State Government committed $2.78 million to establish a new multi-day walk across the island from Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point and a $5 million election commitment to establish unique, premium eco-tourism facilities and experiences (including eco-accommodation options) on the island.

Read more about Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Contact

Please contact us for more information about the Queensland Ecotourism Trails program at:

Email:

Phone: 1800 957 852 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm AEST)

Post: Special Projects Unit, Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, PO Box 15168, City East, QLD, 4002

Previous opportunities

Refer to the previously released opportunities page for information regarding EOIs that are now closed.

Last updated
12 October 2018