Queensland is home to some amazing natural wonders, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest to the beautiful beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Last week I announced Walkabout Creek as the latest attraction which will soon see families and tourists enjoy more of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Located in the Gap, Walkabout Creek is the bush in Brisbane’s backyard and we’re planning to make it even better for mums, dads and the kids. As part of the $2.5 million Gateway Visitor Centre Master Plan, we will revitalise the area and provide better access to national parks so we can teach young people and visitors from both interstate and overseas about our unique wildlife and flora.

Canoeing, a family activity trail and even a zip-line are all included in the plan as well as projects such as a very large community lawn which will be able to be used for all sorts of local events.

We will also be investing in the refurbishment of the gardens and the surrounding forest area, all to begin in the 2014-2015 financial year.

Nature conservation will remain an important part of Walkabout Creek and we will ensure it offers experiences that inspire, captivate and educate while protecting our wildlife.

We have a strong plan to grow the state’s tourism industry and this green hub is just one of three nature-based visitor centre revitalisations we have planned including the David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast and Mon Repos Turtle Centre near Bundaberg where people go to see the turtles nesting and hatching.

I invite all Queenslanders to have their say on these exciting projects and visit them on the weekend and school holidays. For more information about the Gateway Visitor Centre Master Plans project and Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre Concept Master Plan, visit: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au