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September 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Travellers are set to view one of Victoria’s great wilderness areas as never before, now that eco-tourism cruises have gained permission to sail around Wilsons Promontory National Park.

A decision by Victoria’s Andrews Labor Government to give the green light to eco-tourism cruises around the famed national Park will offer locals and visitors a never-before-seen glimpse of Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area.

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, confirmed that Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (PWJ) will operate three 30-seat vessels from Tidal River, providing access to some of the most popular beaches on “the Prom”.

The new venture would bring more visitors to the region, create 30 full-time local jobs and generate up to AUD 9.7 million for the local economy each year, Eren said.

Wilsons Promontory

“This new experience will open up Wilsons Promontory like never before – and it means more visitors and more local jobs. Local business will also reap rewards, with extra tourists in the region spending their valuable tourism dollars on food, gifts and accommodation.”

Known for its rugged granite mountains and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos and wombats, Wilsons Promontory National Park occupies a peninsula southeast of Melbourne. Trails from the Tidal River settlement lead to Squeaky Beach, with its white quartz sand. Nearby, Mount Oberon offers views of Bass Strait and offshore islands. Wilsons Promontory Lightstation, built in 1859, stands on the southern coast.

PWJ is an internationally recognised and multi-award winning ecotourism boat operator, known for its environmentally-friendly practices.

An extensive community consultation process was undertaken by Parks Victoria, including independent expert advice, to ensure the natural environment and wildlife remain protected.

The PWJ experience is expected to become a significant tourism drawcard for the region, attracting visitors from all over Victoria, Australia and from overseas – creating more business for local traders.

Victoria’s Labor Government would continue to back local tourism operators and those beyond state borders who wanted to do business in Victoria, a statement said.

PWJ is also in discussions with a private bus operator to run services between Melbourne and Wilsons Promontory.

Victoria’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, described Pennicott Wilderness Journeys as an award-winning ecotourism operator which would ensure “this exciting new service respects the beauty and ecological importance of the Prom”.

Edited by Peter Needham

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