Best Practice Ecotourism Development Guidelines

“The Queensland Government is working towards its vision to make Queensland a world leader in Ecotourism. Already a popular destination for tourists, Queensland boasts more than 1300 national parks, marine parks and other reserves that conserve a diverse array of species and ecosystems. The state also has a rich Indigenous cultural heritage and five World Heritage listed areas.


The Queensland Government and the tourism industry are working in partnership to capitalise on this unique competitive advantage and ensure world class recreation and tourism experiences are provided to visitors. However, a balanced approach between development and conservation is essential. Ecotourism Operations in national parks must: be conducted with an understanding of how the national park functions as an ecosystem; conserve the cultural and heritage values; improve the visitor experience; and be integrated into the park.


The Best Practice Ecotourism Development Guidelines (the Best Practice Guidelines) assist ecotourism Applicants to develop Ecotourism Facilities and experiences on national parks that are in the public interest, are ecologically sustainable and ensure, to the greatest possible extent, the preservation of the land’s natural condition and protection of its cultural values and resources...


Best practice in ecotourism is achieved by developing a unique visitor experience that is integrated into the national park in consideration of:

• site values and constraints and awareness of park management priorities

• site layout and design that blends into the landscape

• construction methods that have minimal impact

• energy, water and waste systems that promote the conservation of resources

• well-informed visitor interpretation and activities that raise awareness of the critical importance of national parks

• long term community partnerships, cultural awareness and shared economic benefits.” (p.4)