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Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Queensland’s most celebrated attractions and a fundamental element in the State’s tourism future. On the World Heritage List since 1981, the area stretches 2,300km along the Queensland coast and is at the heart of tourism in the state.

Island resorts are an iconic part of the tourism offering and essential to attracting new and return visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

The Queensland Government is investing $25 million to deliver the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program. This includes a contestable fund which funded projects on Great Barrier Reef island resorts from Far North Queensland to the Southern Great Barrier Reef for a range of initiatives focusing on growing, greening and cleaning. Also under the program, the derelict Cape Richards resort site on the northern tip of Hinchinbrook Island, in far north Queensland, has been cleaned up and returned to national park.

More than 70 Traditional Owner groups call the Reef home, with many cultural sites showing a connection to sea and country dating back 60,000 years.

The Great Barrier Reef is a major driver of economic activity in Queensland by attracting visitors, generating jobs and providing a boost to the regions.

Last updated: 20 May 2021