Tourism will get a lift on the Sunshine Coast with three new attractions, including a roller coaster and what is being billed as Australia’s biggest tree-top adventure park.
Aussie World, Bellingham Maze and Tree Top Adventure Park have been promised $1.84 million in state funding to create new rides and experiences.
Aussie World will install a new rollercoaster ride to complement the recently opened Swing Ride.
Bellingham Maze is combining its a’maze’ing outdoor maze with an immersive, virtual reality maze experience.
And, work is underway on a Junior adventure challenge for 3 to 9-year-olds at the Tree Top Adventure Park, the state government has announced.
Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton said the Junior Tree Top Adventure would be the biggest of its kind in Australia.
“As the Big Pineapple has demonstrated over the years, the Sunshine Coast isn’t half hearted when it comes to the scale of its tourist attractions,” Mr Skelton said.
“These projects – funded in partnership with the Palaszczuk Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund – continue the Coast’s tradition of creating destination tourism infrastructure.”
Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said the fresh attractions would bring more visitors to the Sunshine Coast.
“Once built, almost 70,000 extra visitors every year are predicted to make their way to the Sunshine Coast for a unique tourism experience,” Mr Hunt said.
“Additional visitors to these new attractions alone are estimated to boost the Sunshine Coast’s economy by nearly $4 million every year.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the fresh attractions were worth a combined $4.5 million and would deliver almost 50 jobs during construction and operation.
The funding was part of the Palaszczuk government tourism COVID recovery initiative.