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Springbrook Cableway pre-feasibility assessment

The Gold Coast offers natural assets which are essential to our lifestyle, and our reputation as a tourism destination. Nature-based experiences create opportunities for people to connect with the natural environment. They can also boost the local economy and support long-term job creation.

The Springbrook plateau offers impressive views to the surrounding landscape. It has waterfalls and a selection of walks into the edge of the Springbrook National Park. This area has significant evolutionary and geological history, and high nature conservation value. It has 2400 hectares included in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

A cableway to Springbrook may offer a unique experience of this environment. It could showcase natural and cultural values in a fair and accessible way. But, such an investment would need to benefit the Gold Coast economy. It would also need to be delivered and operated in a sustainable manner.

Project objectives

The aim of the Pre-Feasibility Assessment was to assess the merits of a cableway to Springbrook. It investigated the economic need for a cableway and identified likely benefits.

It was not assumed that a cableway to Springbrook had enough merit to progress. Yet, if it is to progress it must meet the following objectives as an ecotourism development:

  • provide a best practice ecotourism experience
  • be compatible with the National Park's character, and ecological and cultural values
  • boost the Gold Coast economy and support long-term job creation
  • enhance the Gold Coast’s reputation as a leading tourist destination
  • provide long-term sustainable economic development opportunities for Traditional Owners
  • contribute to environmental conservation, protecting and enhancing the National Park
  • align with the Queensland State Government ecotourism investment framework and guidelines
  • have minimised its footprint on the site
  • be commercially sustainable

Area of investigation

Possible locations for stations and alignment of the route were not defined. They are subject to technical and economic investigations.

To provide context for the pre-feasibility assessment, we made the following assumptions:

  • a base station would be best established with access off the lower Gold Coast–Springbrook Road
  • good access is needed between the destination station and Purling Brook Falls
  • the preference is for routes on land owned or controlled by the State, Seqwater and the City of Gold Coast
  • the general route would include the National Park.

Timeframe

April to October 2020

The pre-feasibility assessment has now been completed.

Next steps

The outcomes of the assessment will be presented to Council for its consideration of a cableway to Springbrook.

Project enquiries

The Project Team
Email: cityprojectsunit@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5581 7747

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