Some interesting news out on the interwebs this morning…
The NSW government is challenging Queensland as Australia’s premier state for rainforest eco-tourism with the creation of a four-day walk through Gondwana rainforest in Dorrigo National Park on the Northern Tablelands.
Three suspension bridges, new camping areas, rest huts and 46 kilometres of walking trails will be constructed to create the Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk. The trail will take hikers into World Heritage-listed ancient Gondwana rainforest on the lands of the Gumbaynggirr people.
“The rainforest at Dorrigo National Park is even more spectacular than the Daintree,” said NSW Environment Minister James Griffin.
“We’ll be happily tempting domestic and international tourists away from Queensland.”
The government hopes to attract 200,000 visitors to the Mid North Coast with the project, which will be funded with $56.4 million contained in the state budget. The project will include the construction of a new rainforest discovery centre and a hanging boardwalk where the walk will begin.
“I want everyone who comes to our NSW national parks as a visitor to leave as a conservationist,” said Griffin.