Visitors will be able to get back to nature and experience the stunning surrounds of the Murray River in style – thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today officially opened the Nature Based Tourism Hub at Koondrook Retreat – alongside representatives from the Koondrook Development Committee and Gannawarra Shire Council, along with Elders of the Baraparapa and Wamba Wamba people.
The Government has funded $800,000 towards the $1.2 million project that is helping to connect iconic natural assets around Koondrook, Cohuna and Kerang, including the Gunbower State Forest, Murray River and Kerang Lakes.
Located on the banks of Gunbower Creek, the hub features high class glamping tents, a fire pit area, canoe launch facilities and a footbridge connecting the Gunbower State Forest, marking the first stand-alone facilities of its kind in the Murray region.
Koondrook Retreat is expected to attract an additional 6,000 visitors to the region each year and increase visitor nights by 1,800. This expected increase in visitors has prompted a series of developments to already get underway in the area, including the Koondrook Goods Shed and brand-new kayak tours and hires along the river.
It will connect these visitors to other tourist attractions in the area, including the Murray River Adventure Trail, paddle steamers operating from Koondrook and the internal track and trails throughout the Gunbower State Forest.
The Nature Based Tourism Hub – Koondrook Retreat project is funded by the Labor Government’s Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund which is developing iconic regional tourism projects that create world class experiences and boost the regional economy.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Tourism is so important to regional Victoria – I’m excited to see this project come to life and for it to welcome visitors back to the Murray region.”
“Koondrook is a stunning part of regional Victoria and the Nature Based Tourism Hub – Koondrook Retreat will bring visitors to explore the wonderful surrounds, growing the local economy and boosting businesses.”
Quote attributable to Gannawarra Shire Council Mayor, Cr Charlie Gillingham
“During the past four years Gannawarra Council has undertaken progressive developments to showcase Koondrook’s natural assets and its linkages to Gunbower Forest and the Murray River, with Koondrook Retreat to attract visitors from across Australia and, when our international borders re-open, overseas.”