Skip to content

New tourism projects to grow industry and boost jobs

03 September 2020

The Queensland Government has invested $115 million in new tourism infrastructure to deliver 73 projects, leveraging nearly $200 million from the private sector and creating around 1800 jobs.

While COVID-19 has delayed completion of a number of projects, of the projects delivered in partnership with the Government, 24 have been built, with another 12 expected to be completed by Christmas.

The Government is partnering with the private sector to deliver the projects, investing in infrastructure aimed at growing the state’s tourism industry and creating jobs.
The $115 million invested in tourism attractions includes $25 million invested in rejuvenation projects on 12 Great Barrier Reef islands, benefitting operators in central and north Queensland.

Resorts on Wilson, Green, Bedarra, Lady Elliot, Orpheus, Hayman and Hamilton islands have reopened with new visitor infrastructure.

A further $25 million was committed in May for new tourism infrastructure.

Attractions opening in time for the September school holidays include:

  • A new campground at Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, operated by O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
  • New tourism experience at Peter Faust Dam (Lake Proserpine)

Attractions that will be open in time for Christmas 2020 include:

  • Australia’s largest superyacht berth at the Southport Yacht Club
  • New education centre at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
  • Charleville Cosmos Centre and outback experience
  • New historical rail experience at Cunnamulla
  • New light and sound show at the Qantas Museum in Longreach
  • Historical tourism experience at the old Birdsville Courthouse
  • New pontoon at Lady Musgrave Island
  • New pontoon at Arlington Reef and construction of a semi-sub vessel to be used at Fitzroy Island

Attractions delivered recently include:

  • South-east: Six-day Scenic Rim trail walk
  • Winton: Dinosaur Dreaming Trail
  • Barcaldine: Desert Dreaming Centre, major upgrades to camping parks, and new Indigenous tourism experience near Barcaldine
  • Julia Creek: Ecotourism huts, thermal baths and other infrastructure
  • Longreach: eco-camping experience and Qantas Super Constellation
  • Cobbold Gorge glass-bottomed bridge
  • Mt Isa: Major upgrades to Riversleigh Fossil Centre
  • Townsville: Stage 1 of the Museum of Underwater Art
  • Great Barrier Reef islands: Major upgrades to Wilson, Orpheus and Green islands; cleanup work on Hinchinbrook Island
  • Whitsundays: underwater sculptures, new auditorium and marquee at Hamilton Island, major upgrades to Hill Inlet Lookout, walking trails on Border, Langford and Haslewood Islands, Reefworld pontoon at Hardy Reef
    Bowen: New pool, water slide and water-play facilities at Queens Beach; Bowen Visitor Information Centre virtual reality experience, showcasing the Whitsundays

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat