Australia Zoo will develop a new wildlife camping experience, Camp Croc Hunter, which is set to lure more visitors to the Sunshine Coast.
The $8 million development is expected to attract more than 39,000 visitors each year after it opens in 2020.
The new initiative will offer a range of accommodation options, including permanent glamping-style tents, eco cabins and 108 sites for tents and caravans.
The camping village will be supported by a cafe, reception, entertainment and pool area, amenities blocks, covered cooking areas and a mountain bike course.
The development will be supported by the Queensland Government, which will provide funding through its Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
“When the project is fully operational, it’s expected to attract more than 39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to $4.5 million in visitor expenditure a year to the region,” said Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said with the Irwin’s world-wide recognition, the new project would provide a major boost for the region.
“Australia Zoo is a premium tourism attraction that has helped introduce the Sunshine Coast to audiences around the world,” he said.
“The exciting expansion of camping and glamping accommodation will not only entice more visitors but also convert day-trip visitors to stay longer and spend more.”