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The Gateway Visitor Centre Master Plan project is a priority of the Queensland Government’s commitment to supporting the state’s tourism industry and improving access to national parks for sustainable outdoor recreation and ecotourism by investing $3.6 million towards rejuvenating the three ecotourism gateway visitor centres.
The department’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has worked with specialist contractors, the community, education organisations and industry stakeholders to develop concept master plans and directions papers, released in June 2014, for Walkabout Creek (west of Brisbane), Mon Repos Turtle Centre (near Bundaberg) and David Fleay Wildlife Park (on the Gold Coast).
Implementation of the plans is being delivered in a staged approach in partnership with commercial operators, other stakeholders and the local community, to achieve the vision for each centre. Private sector businesses are being actively encouraged to partner with the Queensland Government in delivery of the Gateway Visitor Centre visions, with the recent release of expressions of interest for commercial partners at Walkabout Creek, closing early December 2014.
Local businesses have been the beneficiary of recent contracts being awarded for the delivery of infrastructure upgrades at these centres, including contractors engaged in 2014 to work at Walkabout Creek and David Fleay Wildlife Park and the amphitheatre roof at Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre
The Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan to revitalise Walkabout Creek as the ‘bush in Brisbane’s backyard’ is well underway with the Queensland Government committing $2.5 million to implement Stage 1 to boost domestic tourism with adventure based activities, trails, events lawn, junior mountain bike skills park, new canoe and swimming access to Enoggera Reservoir.
Construction of the additional car parks, the new canoe launch and swimming access to Enoggera Reservoir is complete and these facilities are being enjoyed by local residents.
Finishing touches are being made to the trails, nature play areas, events lawn and junior mountain bikes skills park. Planning for the opening is in progress.
Expressions of interest (EOI) were called for suitably qualified commercial adventure experience operators to build a zip-line, ropes course, commercial canoe hire and other bush adventure activities at Walkabout Creek. The EOI closed early December 2014. Further information about the EOI is available on the previously released opportunities page.
Walkabout Creek documents
- Walkabout Creek Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan Directions Paper 2014
- Walkabout Creek Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan 2014
- Walkabout Creek Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan Discussion Paper 2013
- Walkabout Creek Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan for consultation 2013
David Fleay Wildlife Park
The Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan developed for David Fleay Wildlife Park is on track to reinvigorate the park as a gateway centre for Queensland’s national parks. The Queensland Government has committed $650,000 for David Fleay Wildlife Park for a new amphitheatre, a new canoe access facility and upgraded wildlife exhibits to strengthen the tourism offering.
Stage 1 implementation of the plan is underway to enhance the range of opportunities offered by the existing facility and build upon its role as a valuable wildlife education centre, offering genuinely warm and authentic experiences that inspire and engage visitors, young and old.
The plan has already attracted additional investment with a $300,000 commitment from Gold Coast Waterways towards the canoe facility to link the centre to Tallebudgera Creek, allowing visitors to arrive by water. This will also provide an important connection to the Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre and bring a new generation of school children to the park.
Construction of the Amphitheatre and canoe launch are well advanced and their formal openings are being planned.
David Fleay Wildlife Park documents
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan Directions Paper 2014
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan 2014
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan discussion paper
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan—Part 1
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan—Part 2
- David Fleay Wildlife Park Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan—Part 3
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
The Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan developed for Mon Repos, provides a vision to consolidate the future of this site as a world leading ecotourism experience and turtle conservation partnership, that inspires and touches the hearts and minds of domestic and international visitors.
The Queensland Government has committed $450,000 for the first stage of implementation including the construction of a tensile roof over the amphitheatre enabling visitors to relax and enjoy the ranger-led presentations in comfort. Further work is being planned for a new road-side entry feature, improved orientation signage on-site and new turtle encounters audio visual for visitors.
The plan envisions opportunities to enhance the experience at Mon Repos through developing onsite infrastructure, new visitor activities and expanding partnerships with ecotourism industry, community, research and academic institutions and local business.
Mon Repos documents
- Mon Repos Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan Directions Paper 2014
- Mon Repos Gateway Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan 2014
- Mon Repos Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan Discussion Paper 2013
- Mon Repos Gateway Visitor Centre Draft Master Plan for consultation 2013
For further enquiries about any of the concept master plans or directions papers email the project team QPWSMasterPlan@des.qld.gov.au.