The State Government’s announcement last week that it would fund a design and business case to develop the Wangetti Trail as a top 10 Australian track is welcome news for Tropical North Queensland.
An iconic World Heritage bike and walking trail from Palm Cove to Port Douglas will help boost Tropical North Queensland’s domestic market by giving Australian travellers a compelling reason to revisit the destination.
This 76km trail will provide walkers and mountain bike riders with a bushland and coastal experience showcasing the beauty of the Wet Tropics and giving breath-taking views of the Great Barrier Reef.
Tropical North Queensland’s greatest assets are our two World Heritage areas and we need to showcase these spectacular landscapes by allowing better access.
The support of government to develop public infrastructure becomes a catalyst for private investment showcasing best practice management, which in the case of the Wangetti Trail is innovative trail building techniques.
Ecotourism experiences are very much a part of Tropical North Queensland and we need more development in this area if we are to fulfil our vision of being the world’s most inspiring nature-based destination.
This project unites so many groups, in this case the Yirrganydji Traditional Owners, Cairns Regional and Douglas Shire Councils, the State Government, tourism industry, Wet Tropics Management Authority and the private sector.
Partnerships such as this are what we need to sustainably grow the region’s tourism industry and deliver lasting economic benefits to the economy.
Development of the Wangetti Trail aligns with TTNQ’s strategy to master our story as a nature-based destination, unite and partner to grow the tourism industry, and use Instagram-worthy experiences as digital leverage to market our destination.
Walking and mountain biking trails are attracting growing interest and being used to successfully revive ghost towns in many regions.
The Wangetti Trail will link Palm Cove and Port Douglas, two iconic Tropical North Queensland regions, giving national and international visitors yet another reason to explore our destination further.
Situated in the mountains beside the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the Wangetti Trail is expected to take six days and five nights to walk or two days and one night to ride.
Accommodation nodes along the trail will offer camping facilities and luxury accommodation with visitors able to drop in and out of the trail. Construction is anticipated to start in 2019 and be completed by 2021.
I look forward to seeing this project get underway so TTNQ can market it to the world.