Community & Business

5 October, 2022

Council moves ahead on Wangetti Trail

BIG steps have been made in building Queensland’s first purpose-built walking and mountain biking track after Douglas Shire Council resolved to provide a trustee lease over council-owned land to further progress the Wangetti Trail.

Council moves ahead on Wangetti Trail - feature photo

Most of the trail will be located within national park, however, there are three sections of the proposed trail on land controlled by the Cairns and Douglas councils, which required them both to enter into a trustee lease with Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.

Once complete, the 94-kilometre Wangetti Trail will be Queensland’s first purpose-built walking and mountain biking track.

Stretching from Palm Cove to Port Douglas, the trail aims to be a signature tourist attraction and showcase the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the trail had always been an exciting proposition.

“Douglas was instrumental in developing the Wangetti Trail concept and remains a strong advocate for the project,” he said.

“We believe it has significant potential to be one of Australia’s leading wilderness and adventure tourism experiences.

“Council is eager to ensure it is built that way and keenly awaits further detail from the State Government to under-stand the ongoing management arrangements for the trail.”


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