The Wangetti Trail will be Queensland’s first purpose-built multi-use walking and mountain biking track in a national park and one of Australia’s leading adventure-based ecotourism experiences, attracting visitors on an international scale.
The Department of Tourism and Sport acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Queensland and offers its respect to Elders past, present and emerging as we work towards a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.
The Queensland Government is delivering the $47.1 million Wangetti Trail in Tropical North Queensland, which includes additional investment of $8 million from the Australian Government’s National Tourism Icons Program.
The Wangetti Trail will be around 94 kilometres (6 days/5 nights on foot) from Palm Cove to Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. The trail will showcase the stunning coastal, hinterland and wet tropics scenery of Djabugay Nation country from Palm Cove to Mowbray River.
Once fully operational, the Trail will include a choice of public camping facilities and high-end eco-accommodation offerings.
The Wangetti Trail is a game-changing ecotourism offering for Far North Queensland, tapping into one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors in the world. It will deliver more than 150 local jobs during construction and operation, along with sustainable and long-term business opportunities for locals, the Traditional Owners, and their future generations.
It's estimated the Trail will attract thousands of new visitors to the region, and is set to inject up to $300 million into the local economy.
The Trail aligns with the Ecotourism Plan for Queensland’s Protected Areas 2023-2028, which outlines the government’s commitments and actions for fostering ecotourism in spectacular natural locations including national and marine parks, and other protected areas.
All facilities along the Trail will be delivered in accordance with the Department of Environment and Science’s Implementation Framework: Ecotourism Facilities on National Parks (PDF, 1.3MB) and Best Practice Ecotourism Development Guidelines (PDF, 753KB).
- New ecotourism experiences in Queensland
- 150 new local jobs during construction and operations
- Thousands of new visitors to Far North Queensland, and is set to inject up to $300 million into the local economy
- Sustainable and long-term business opportunities for locals, Traditional Owners and their future generations
- New funding and re-investment sources to preserve, protect and present national parks and their cultural heritage
- Better controls to limit damaging and uncontrolled activities within parks including feral animal management
- New opportunities for cultural tourism experiences to create stronger appreciation and understanding of First Nations culture
- New opportunities to develop a model for private sector investment in ecotourism opportunities to maximise economic and financial benefits for the community
- Will help build regional community resilience and support long-term growth and liveability in Tropical North Queensland.
View the detailed proposed alignment map for the Wangetti Trail.
The Trail has been co-designed with Traditional Owners, following extensive consultation and collaboration.
Once completed, the Trail will span a World Heritage area, three national parks, two local government areas, three separate registered native title claims, and also numerous freehold and reserves held in trust landholdings.
The Wangetti Trail is expected to be ‘Grade 3’ (medium difficulty) for walkers and ‘More Difficult’ for mountain bikers, providing an accessible but challenging offering for visitors.
The Queensland Government is seeking approvals for the whole Wangetti Trail to include multi-use options (walking and mountain biking) from Palm Cove to Port Douglas, including the possibility of utilising existing Trail links to help determine how the trail will be used.
These alignment options have been developed to minimise disturbance within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and avoid sensitive environmental and cultural areas identified by ecologists and Traditional Owners.
Access points for emergency services, rangers and park operators are proposed to utilise existing tracks and trails near the Wangetti Trail alignment. They may change over time subject to environmental assessment and approvals.
Design and construction of the Wangetti Trail
The Trail will be delivered in three sections:
- Wangetti South: 33km walking and mountain biking trail from Palm Cove to Wangetti
- Wangetti North: 54km walking and mountain biking trail from Wangetti to Mowbray River
- Mowbray North: 7km walking and mountain biking trail from Mowbray River to Port Douglas
The Queensland Government has held multiple rounds of community consultation on the Wangetti Trail project since 2019, where members of the community have been invited to submit their ideas and comments on the trail.
This feedback has helped to inform the project as it progresses into the next stages.
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Last updated: 29 Jan 2024