New ecological tourism experience for Redland City

Visitors will soon be able to swing through the Victoria Point canopy with Redland City Council approving a new tree-tops adventure experience at today’s General meeting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision would add to the city’s already impressive ecological tourism offering.

“The tree-tops recreation facility on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road will include flying foxes, ropes-courses and rope-bridges,” she said.

“Redland City is known for its natural beauty and this facility will complement our ecological values while also providing tourism and economic opportunities.

“With our bayside location and 10,000 hectares of conservation land across the city, the Redlands has a strong reputation for nature-based and adventure tourism and this facility will further strengthen that reputation.”

Division 4 Councillor for Victoria Point Lance Hewlett said the operators already had very successful similar facilities at Mt Tamborine and Currumbin.

“They are experienced operators, so the fact they have chosen the Redlands for their next business venture is great news for the city and shows the confidence they have in us as a tourism destination,” he said.

“This facility will be ideal for corporate events, school and community groups; giving those outside the city more reason to come to the Redlands and for local groups to stay local for their next team-building event.”

Cr Hewlett said the facility would maintain the current ecology of the area.

“The facility has been designed to minimise vegetation impacts, including the office and car park to be built on land previously cleared for the current scout hut,” he said.

“The company employs a ‘Tread Lightly’ approach that ensures any construction impact is offset through re-vegetation.  Once complete, suspended walkways will be situated in the upper canopy of trees, so there is very minimal impact on lower vegetation and orchids.”

Following today’s decision the applicant will now have to get approval for vegetation management before construction begins, ensuring the area’s natural look and feel will be retained.”