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Tourism hub to join paddle steamer in north Victoria

June 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Visitors keen to sail on the replica paddle steamer operating from Koondrook in Gannawarra Shire, in northern Victoria bordering the Murray River, will soon be able to enjoy a new nature-based tourism trail as well.

When complete, the AUD 1.2 million “nature-based tourism hub” will connect natural assets around Koondrook, Cohuna and Kerang, including the Gunbower State Forest, Murray River and Kerang Lakes. The project, partially financed by a AUD 600,000 grant from the Victorian state government, will help Gannawarra’s visitor economy and confirm the region’s status as a nature-based destination.

Located on the banks of the Gunbower Creek, the Hub will feature authentic “glamping” style tents, a camp kitchen and canoe platform – all linked to cycling tracks, canoe trails, and the Kerang-Koondrook Rail Trail.

The project will also provide a footbridge over the Gunbower Creek to let visitors access tracks and trails in the magnificent Gunbower State Forest.

The new hub is expected to become an important component of the future Murray River Adventure Trail – a multisport trail that will extend the length of the Murray River.

The hub is expected to attract 6000 more visitors to the region each year and increase visitor nights by 1800 annually. The Victorian government sees broader benefits from the hub and the future Murray River Adventure Trail generating AUD 12.8 million and providing over 70 local jobs.

The hub is expected to support tourism initiatives such as a replica paddle steamer operating from Koondrook, paddle steamer trips by Echuca operators, kayak tours and events.

The nature-based tourism hub project is funded by the Victorian government’s flagship Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).

“The combination of a tracks, trails and on-water activities present a wonderful opportunity to showcase the spectacular natural assets of the region and boost its visitor economy as a result,” Victoria’s Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said.

Edited by Peter Needham

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