Multimillion-dollar boost for new indigenous experiences near Cairns

A new indigenous cultural and eco-tourism experience at East Trinity and the reopening of hot springs west of Cairns are among a number of tourism ventures given a $4.5 million boost by the Queensland government.

A $1.1 million grant will be used to develop a jetty, ramp and shelter at Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation’s $40 million indigenous cultural and eco-tourism experience East Trinity Project.

A further $2.3 million will be invested with the Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation to build new tourism infrastructure and re-open the Talaroo historic hot springs near Georgetown.

Sunlover Reef Cruises will get more than $500,000 to expand and improve marine tourism infrastructure in the Cairns and Whitsunday regions, while Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will receive $600,000 for redeveloping its arts and cultural precinct.

“We are working with Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation and Tourism Tropical North Queensland to capitalise on the strong demand from China for authentic cultural experiences,” Member for Cairns Michael Healy said.