World-class ecotourism opportunity progresses

Brisbane is on the cusp of a once in a generation tourism boom, with over $12 billion of new tourism and transport projects underway.

Part of Brisbane City Council’s vision includes a new ecotourism experience at Mt Coot-tha, which also forms part of the city’s $15 million commitment to the enhancement of the Mt Coot-tha precinct.

The prospect of a zipline in Brisbane was first identified in the 2014 Destination Tourism Plan, which looked at the projects which could deliver new and improved visitor experiences to Brisbane, and leverage our natural advantage as an open, outdoor, new world city with nature on our doorstep.

Zipline Australia have been selected as the successful tenderer to deliver the zipline, developing the detail of their concept to contribute to this new wave of projects which Brisbane needs to become a world-class tourism destination.

The revitalisation of Mt Coot-tha as a world-class ecotourism destination, including the potential for a zipline and suspension bridge aligns with that vision.

The project includes:

  • A 1.5km treetop canopy zipline tour, designed to take groups of 8-12 through a guided learning experience of Mt Coot-tha’s flora, fauna and Indigenous cultural heritage.
  • A 1.4km scenic zipline tour offering spectacular views of the city, bay and hinterland, using six parallel lines to allow friends and family to enjoy a shared experience from the Summit lookout to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
  • Indigenous cultural heritage tour and skywalk telling the story of Indigenous connections to country, using a 349m suspended bridge walk.

Fast facts about the project:

  • The zipline design operates on the guiding principle of delivering a low impact, environmentally sensitive, ecotourism experience.
  • This project is a vital part of the overall revitalisation of the Mt Coot-tha precinct creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities.
  • The ecotourism facilities have the potential to attract over 348,000 visitors in three years and help lift the proportion of visitors to the city that participate in outdoor adventure and nature-based tourism experiences.
  • With 15 technical studies completed, there has been a careful and sensitive selection of the tour alignments, with a very light environmental footprint.
  • The project will deliver a free of charge lookout alongside the scenic zipline launch platform, which will offer the public spectacular views from an elevated height.
  • The project will see Brisbane add a vital nature-based experience, which will help rectify the $1.5 billion per annum in visitor expenditure the city is losing of our lack of nature-based and adventure experiences.
  • The project is predicted to deliver more than $232 million worth of economic benefits to South East Queensland over 30 years, and support local employment opportunities for 112 residents, which includes an Indigenous partner employment plan.

The process of preparing the development application has involved extensive community engagement.

The development application has now been lodged and can be viewed here and submissions on the project can be lodged by email here or made formally during the public notification period.

Subject to development approval and approval of the Land Management Plan, the first stage of the project – the treetop canopy tour – is due to start construction and open to the public in 2019.

More information on the project and the process can be found on the Council’s website, or visit Zipline Australia’s website.