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The Balnggarrawarra Melsonby Rangers tourism dream becoming a reality

06 July 2021

The Balnggarrawarra Melsonby Rangers have been looking after country for the last 10 years.

With the help and support from the Land and Sea Ranger Program and South Cape York Catchment, the Ranger team has been working hard building walking tracks, and clearing a campground at Rocky Bend on the pristine Normanby River, while also getting their Certificate III in Tourism and Guiding.

Melsonby is located six hours north-west of Cairns along the Battle Camp Road, Balnggarrawarra Country and is a great place to attract tourists. A stunning landscape of rugged sandstone escarpments, open woodland, paper bark lined rivers, billabongs, wetlands, and amazing rock art, complemented by traditional culture and ecological knowledge, makes this Country a desirable place to visit.

With help from the Our Country Indigenous Tourism Development team the Balnggarrawarra Melsonby Rangers have secured funding from the Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland Fund to develop a feasibility study and business case. Melsonby Cultural and Camping Adventures have been practicing on their half day tours and hope to start taking bookings and operating in early 2022.