Earlier this week Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the late, great Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo would receive support through the government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund to build ‘Camp Crocodile Hunter’.
Ms Jones said while the Coast was known for its beaches and other major attractions, the new ‘Camp Crocodile Hunter’ project would give domestic and international tourists another reason to visit the region.
The exciting new project will support up to 33 jobs during construction, expected to begin in June 2019, and 43 jobs when operational in June 2020. It will also have a flow-on effect to boost the local tourism industry.
When the project is fully operational, it’s expected to attract more than 39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to $4.5 million in visitor expenditure a year to the region.
The $8 million project would provide a 108-site camping ground designed to provide the full range of camping experiences.
There will be tent accommodation, caravan and RV powered sites as well as awesome glamping-style tents and eco cabins.
Australia Zoo’s Dr Terri Irwin welcomed the grant from the State Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund and said it would be a great boost for Queensland’s tourism industry.
“Our tourism partnership with the Queensland Government will enable Australia Zoo to employ more people in the Sunshine Coast region, encourage visitors to stay longer, and increase spending within our community which is fantastic for our local economy,” said Dr Irwin.
“’Camp Crocodile Hunter’ will be open in 2020 as part of our Australia Zoo 50th anniversary celebrations!”
The site will also include a café, reception, entertainment and pool area, caretaker quarters and workshop, amenities blocks, covered cooking areas school camp facilities and a mountain bike pump track.