Australian Officials Promote 'Eco-Tourism'

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January 3, 2014 by   - () Leave a Comment

A zipline through the treetops on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is set to be the first private venture in a Queensland, Australia, national park. reported that the local government has received 47 proposals since unlocking protected forests to private ventures and has earmarked Kondalilla National Park, outside Montville, for a zipline (or flying fox) through the tallest trees over Obi Obi Gorge.

Plans for resorts, permanent tents, eco lodges and a mountain bike park and adventure course are among projects being considered across Queensland.

The Green Mountains campground at Lamington National Park, on the Gold Coast Hinterland, has also been pushed forward for special attention.

And neglected outback stations in 10 national parks are being touted for investors to repair ruined shearers' quarters and homesteads.

Queensland parks and forests receive about 16.2 million visits annually, with people spending $4.5 billion.

The tourism industry has supported the eco-tourism move as it awaits details of the proposals, which are yet to be released.

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