The Aus Government has picked up on the popularity of nature-related tourism and they’re keen to sink some money into it!
The Federal Government has just announced a bloody huge new investment – $449 million will go into updating infrastructure and improving visitor experience in Australia’s national parks and gardens.
Over $230 million will go to Parks Australia national parks, like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to improve the visitor centres, walking tracks, campgrounds and other facilities.
The other $216 million is going directly to Kakadu National Park to help grow safe and sustainable tourism in the Top End and create over 1100 jobs in regional and remote areas in the process.
Sounds like the NT is getting a face lift! Not that it needed one 😉
The investment comes as new data from Tourism Research Australia shows a jump in the number of Aussies taking nature-based holidays (duuh). In 2020, checking out national or state parks, hiking or whale watching, made up 20% of overnight trips taken.
Ultimately this news is just confirming what we all already know – people want to spend more time in nature!
Feature photo by @adrianmascenon