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Commercial tourism on parks

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Queensland’s parks and forests underpin the state’s thriving nature-based tourism industry. They attract millions of international and domestic visitors year and contribute billions of dollars to the Queensland economy. Tourists visiting Queensland’s national parks spend $4.43 billion annually—28% of all total tourist spending in Queensland.

Over 400 licensed tourism operators provide opportunities, through their products and services, for visitors to experience the outstanding natural and cultural heritage values of Queensland parks and forests. Queensland’s protected areas also support many popular tourist resorts and a wide variety of businesses that rely on tourism.

With outstanding natural attractions like Fraser Island, Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is already a world-class tourism destination. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) aims to ensure park tourism is best practice, meets contemporary tourism demands and continues to be ecologically sustainable.

QPWS is partnering with the tourism industry to ensure nature-based tourism continues to thrive.

Property previously known as Springbrook Mountain Manor, Springbrook Plateau expression of interest

An expression of interest (EOI) process for the property previously known as the Springbrook Mountain Manor closed on 7 September 2015. Suitably experienced individuals and organisations were invited to submit their proposals for a tourism/active healthy lifestyle concept for the site.

Ecotourism facility expressions of interest

Suitably experienced individuals and organisations were invited to submit proposals for developing privately owned, low impact, purpose-built ecotourism infrastructure through a state-wide EOI process in 2013.

An EOI process for the Green Mountains campground in Lamington National Park closed on 29 November 2013. Suitably experienced individuals and organisations were invited to submit their proposals for developing privately owned, low impact, purpose-built ecotourism infrastructure at this site.

An EOI process for the development of a Commercial Activity Centre at Walkabout Creek, adjacent to D'Aguilar National Park closed on 12 December 2014. Suitably experienced individuals and organisations were invited to submit their ideas and proposals for the development of privately owned, low impact, purpose-built ecotourism infrastcuture at the site.

More information on these EOIs is available on the previously released opportunities page.

Any enquiries on the EOIs can be sent to .

Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2016-2020

The Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2016–2020 (PDF, 1.7M) promotes a fresh approach to ecotourism and was open for public consultation between 8 October to 20 November 2015.

Last updated
26 September 2016