11 December 2019
The opening of the $7.8 million final stage of Tasmania’s breathtaking Three Capes Track will enhance the state’s reputation as a world-class tourist destination.
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism, Senator Jonno Duniam and Tasmania’s Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage Peter Gutwein officially opened the Track today following the joint federal-state investment.
“The opening of this final stage is fantastic news for Tasmanian tourism and will add to the list of stunning experiences on offer around the state,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
“The Three Capes track is already globally recognised as a must-see destination and the completion of stage three will encourage even more tourists to visit Tasmania, get off the beaten track, and experience the unique regional tourism attractions we have to offer.”
“Our tourism sector is booming, with the sector now employing around 42,800 Tasmanians –around 17 per cent of the state’s total employment, and the highest level of any state in the nation.
“We want to continue the momentum as a strong tourism industry means more jobs and greater investment in our regions, which is why regional tourism will form the centrepiece of our Tourism 2030 Strategy.
The Morrison Government invested $3.8 million in stage three of the track, with the Tasmanian Government providing $4 million. Federal and State Governments provided $25.3 million in funding for the first and second stages of the track, which opened in 2015.
Minister Gutwein said the Three Capes Track was a valuable addition to Tasmania’s tourism offering, and would positively impact the local economy.
“We have a long-term plan to make Tasmania the eco-tourism capital of the world, attracting more visitors to our state, encouraging them to stay longer, explore our regional areas and spend more while they are here,” Minister Gutwein said.
“And it is clear our plan is working with the latest data provided indicating that we had nearly 10,000 international and interstate walkers on the 3 Capes Track for the 2018-19 financial year with an estimated direct economic impact of approximately $19 million.”