News

Hinterland and coast join forces to boost regional tourism

Gympie Cooloola Tourism manager Jan Watt supports the Nature Coast movement that will unite the Noosa Biosphere and the Great Sandy Biosphere.
Gympie Cooloola Tourism manager Jan Watt supports the Nature Coast movement that will unite the Noosa Biosphere and the Great Sandy Biosphere. Renee Pilcher

GYMPIE and the Cooloola Coast are now part of the Nature Coast movement, in attempt to increase visitor numbers.

Gympie Cooloola Tourism formed a mutually-beneficial partnership with neighbouring regional tourism bodies.

Tourism Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast Destination, Tourism Noosa, GTC, the Great Sandy Biosphere and Noosa Biosphere officially joined forces on Wednesday.

The Nature Coast will bring together the only two adjoining biospheres in the world: the Noosa Biosphere and the Great Sandy Biosphere.

It will also link the laid-back coastal and hinterland lifestyles of the Cooloola, Fraser, Noosa and Sunshine Coasts, Fraser Island, Noosa's national park and cosmopolitan cafe culture, and the "home of the humpbacks" Hervey Bay.

Chairman of the newly-independent Gympie Cooloola Tourism Jan Watt said the GCT had an "excellent and long-standing relationship" with the regional tourism body Sunshine Coast Destination and this would continue to benefit the Gympie region.

The partnership formed this week aims to position the Nature Coast as a premier international destination for natural encounters and nature tourism, Mrs Watt said.

Sunshine Coast Destination chief executive Steve Cooper strongly supported the initiative.

"Our natural diversity is a key strength for this region. This collaboration brings together a strong partnership to promote what is undoubtedly one of Australia's most pristine environments," he said.

Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said that by pooling the existing resources of the partner organisations "rather than competing" visitors could have a seamless experience of the region.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne and tourism portfolio councillor Julie Walker were contacted for comment but had not responded at time of print.

Gympie Times

Topics:  environment nature coast sunshine coast destination tourism



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Local footy player fronts court accused of arson

ACCUSED: Matthew James Tanner, 30, appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with arson and animal cruelty. Photo Contributed

Matthew James Tanner remains in custody

Beach pub in hot water

Moore Park Beach Tavern has gone into administration.

Another local business goes into administration

Local Partners

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

TWO-year-old Eli Campbell continues to amaze his parents and doctors as he bravely takes on his recovery from a near-fatal taipan bite.


What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

List of gigs happening around Bundy

KEY NOTE: Country singer Alex Peden. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail

There's a live show for everyone

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Ricky Gervais: There's 'no point' marrying Jane Fallon

RICKY Gervais "doesn't see the point" in marrying Jane Fallon.

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!