The Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing has developed a range of policy and legislative measures to improve opportunities for sustainable ecotourism activities and visitor use in Queensland’s protected area system.
The Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act) provides for the development of ecotourism facilities in national parks (including Indigenous joint management areas) and national park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land). All approved ecotourism facilities must be in the public interest, ecologically sustainable and, to the greatest possible extent, preserve the land’s natural condition and protect its cultural resources and natural values. Each approved facility will be designed and managed sensitively to ensure it is compatible with the nature and character of the site and complements the management of the national park in which it is located.
The Queensland Government has released a number of opportunities to attract investment in ecotourism facilities. These have included a statewide Expression of Interest (EOI) and various site specific EOIs. Visit the current opportunities page and previously released opportunities page for more information.