The Green Mountains campground in Lamington National Park will get a complete face-lift with the installation of fifteen new environmentally sustainable safari tents.
Queensland’s Minister for National Parks Dr Steven Miles made the announcement yesterday at the DestinationQ tourism forum in Mackay.
“Fifteen safari tents will be constructed from mid-next year to complement existing and new tent and RV sites, opening up new opportunities for families to experience nature,” said the Minister.
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“The revamp of the Green Mountains campground will also include 20 powered camp sites for those who prefer to pitch a tent or use a campervan.”
Visitors will be able to take advantage of an improved undercover common area, equipped with a kitchen, share tables and community hall ideal for schools, community groups and rangers to use for research and education.
Dr Miles said: “These new ecotourism facilities will have environmental, social and financial benefits, and is a good example of government working with the private sector to improve ecotourism.
Shane O’Reailly from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat said the new accommodation reflects a contemporary approach to camping.
“With safari tents, just about anyone can give camping a go,” he said.
“The semi-permanent tents will include a double b ed and bunks and we will be using eco-smart materials to help cope with the humidity and rainfall.
“Flushing toilets at the campground will use recycled water from next year, lighting will be energy efficient and storm water drainage will be improved as part of the park upgrade.”