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Ngaro Walking Track, Whitsunday Island

Project overview

Ngaro Walking Track, Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday Islands National Park is central to the tourism offering of the Whitsunday region, with Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet being iconic Australian locations and major drawcards for domestic and international visitors to the State.

Whitsunday Island is the largest of the Whitsunday group of islands. It is famed for its natural beauty, particularly the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. The entire island is designated as part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park which is itself within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. It features six public campsites and eight walking tracks.

The State Government committed $2.78 million to establish a new multi-day walk across the island from Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point and a $5 million election commitment to establish unique, premium eco-tourism facilities and experiences (including eco-accommodation options) on the island.

The Queensland Government intends to link via a multi-day walking track the southernmost point of Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point. Existing walking tracks on the Island, being the Solway Circuit track, the Chance Bay track, the Beach track and Hill Inlet lookout track will be incorporated into the greater Whitsunday Island Trail. The 20 kilometre connection between those tracks is to be constructed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Most tourists would cover the whole length of the proposed Ngaro Walking Track in two days.

Enhancing an iconic nature-based experiences requires extensive planning, engaging with multiple stakeholders and identifying and addressing environmental considerations.

Public access to the parks will be maintained and all of this is underpinned by the guiding principle that: Queensland’s treasured natural and cultural assets will be protected and conserved for current and future generations to enjoy.

Queensland Ecotourism Trails are conducted through a staged market engagement process in close collaboration with Traditional Owners and the local community.

For more information on the existing trails, visit Department of Environment and Science website.

Benefits

  • Create new ecotourism experiences

  • Generate economic and social benefits

  • Better protection and maintenance of our National Parks

Contact us

  • Online form
  • Phone: 1800 957 852 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm AEST)
  • Mail:
    Tourism Development Projects Division,
    Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport,
    PO Box 15168, City East, QLD, 4002

Timeline

Stage 1: Registration of Interest

Tourism Operators who wish to be considered in the process for an Ecotourism Trail opportunity can submit their interest


Stage 2: Expressions of Interest

Suitably qualified Tourism Operators will be invited to engage with Traditional Owners and refine their proposals


Stage 3: Request for Detailed Proposals

Shortlisted Tourism Operators will be invited to further develop their concept and proposal, including confirmed commercial arrangements with Traditional Owners


Stage 4: Preferred Proponent Selection

The successful Tourism Operator will be selected and binding terms negotiated, with construction commencing after all approvals including agreements with Traditional Owners are in place

Expressions of Interest for the Thorsborne Trail, and Ngaro Walking Track closed on 30 November 2018. The Trails will not proceed to Request for Detailed Proposals phase until social license has been obtained from the Traditional Owners.

Last updated: 18 Dec 2020