The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to unlock new opportunities for sensitive and appropriate tourism developments in our stunning coastal areas.
I am pleased to announce award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiation under our Tourism Opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.
This exciting proposal would allow the development of a South East Cape Walk where small groups of visitors will be led by experienced guides to the tip of Australia’s southern most accessible point in the rugged South West National Park.
We have a goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 per cent by 2022 and this project, if approved, will entice tourists to stay longer in the deep south of Tasmania while providing a welcome economic boost to local businesses.
This overnight walk will start from the renowned South Coast Track before heading off on an existing walking track to South East Cape and include an environmentally-friendly designed hut for overnight accommodation, located discreetly from view of other park users.
It’s a prime example of how the Government is opening up the natural wonders of Tasmania to locals and visitors alike, delivering jobs and an economic boost to our regions, while preserving our natural areas for future generations.