Described as "the most important tourism project in the history of Far North Queensland", the State Government has committed to building the entire Wangetti Trail mountain bike and hiking path from Palm Cove to Port Douglas, with funds set aside in the 2019-20 Budget.
This long-awaited boost to the FNQ's tourism industry comes on the back of a $5.7 million pledge made by the Palaszczuk Government in March, as well as $8 million from the Federal Government in May.
The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs and pump up to $300 million into the North Queensland economy over the coming years.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the 94km trail would draw hikers, campers and mountain bike riders from all across the globe to the explore the unique beauty of Tropical North Queensland.
“For years, politicians on both sides have been talking about eco-tourism — we’re actually doing it,” she said.
“We know eco and adventure tourists spend more and stay longer when they come to Queensland.”
“The trail will give tourists a bushland and ocean experience, showcasing the beauty of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas.”
Construction on the new Mowbray River crossing and the trail north to Port Douglas could be completed by mid-2020.
The project will link up with Cairns Regional Council’s $13 million Northern Beaches Leisure Trail — which will effectively link Port Douglas with bike paths all the way to the Cairns CBD.
Feature image: GIZELLE GHIDELLA. Subject: Angie Johnson from Bike Shop and Hire Port Douglas