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Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail

The Queensland Government seeks to raise the profile of the State’s protected area estate (including national parks) by creating iconic, sustainable ecotourism experiences that showcase our landscapes and nature-based experiences, while also providing an outstanding opportunity to preserve and share our unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

The Queensland Government will partner with the private sector to deliver new tourism infrastructure in regional Queensland, beginning with three trails - Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail.

As part of the Queensland Government’s strategy to promote ecotourism, the State is offering duly-qualified Proponents the opportunity to express their interest in developing private eco-accommodation to select national park multi-day walking trails, providing tour guidance operations and other commercially viable ecotourism products and experiences.

The Thorsborne Trail, Cooloola Great Walk and Whitsunday Island Trail are envisioned to feature multiple nodes stemming from each trail permitting diverse styles of eco-accommodation to complement existing (and continuing) State-owned campsites found on those trails.

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