Work begins on Australia Zoo’s new glamping experience

Set to open in 2020, the facility will offer luxury bush camping to visitors.

Visitors to Australia Zoo will soon be able to stay overnight in luxe glamping tents, as work gets underway to build a new $8 million tourism experience on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Announced by the Irwin family in April, Camp Crocodile Hunter will bring accommodation to Australia Zoo for the first time, including permanent glamping tents and eco cabins.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said construction has begun on the reception and restaurant areas of the camping ground.

“This project, funded in partnership with the Zoo, will give tourists an entirely new way to experience Australian wildlife in one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in the world,” she said.

“In the next few weeks people will start to see more boots on the ground working towards opening this new unique on-site accommodation in 2020.

“The camping ground will be designed to provide a range of luxury bush camp experiences.”

Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion said the campground is expected to be part of the zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

“We’re really pleased to partner with the Queensland Government on this, as part of their Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund because the benefits of this development will be threefold,” he said.

“It will employ more people locally, encourage visitors to stay longer and increase spending on the Sunshine Coast.”

Once fully operational, Camp Crocodile Hunter is expected to attract more than 39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to $4.5 million in visitor expenditure a year to the region.

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