29°C Sunny Sunny

The Tourism Recovery Fund (TRF) is a $7M initiative, jointly funded through the Australian and Queensland Governments, to help the tourism sector recover following the devastating impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie to the Whitsunday region in March 2017.

The objective of the TRF is to facilitate recovery, rebuild and/or create new tourism experiences and infrastructure that will drive demand, improve quality, and increase tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.

$4.5 million has been allocated to four key tourism infrastructure projects in the Whitsunday region as follows:

  • $1 million for an Indigenous cultural experience and paddock-to-plate venue on Flagstaff Hill, Bowen
  • $1 million for new tourism infrastructure at Peter Faust Dam (Lake Proserpine)
  • $2 million of the Hill Inlet Lookout upgrade and expansion (Whitsunday Island)
  • $500 000 for new short island works on Border, Haslewood and Langford Islands.

A further $2 million was allocated to an open Tourism Recovery Fund grant program. The six successful projects to receive funding under the grant program were announced on 23 March 2018 and are:

  • Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited – for the construction of an auditorium to attract large expo and conference events at Bougainvillea Marquee, Hamilton Island
  • Reef Ecologic – for the design, creation and installation of underwater and inter-tidal interpretive art pieces across the Whitsunday region
  • Catalina Flying Memorial Limited – for a feasibility study into the restoration and relocation of a Catalina flying aircraft to Bowen for static and flying display as a tourist and educational attraction
  • Bowen Tourism and Business – for the creation and installation of a digital interpretive space, featuring CGI virtual reality, at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre
  • Jimmy Crow Limited – for a feasibility study for an ecotourism development including an interpretive centre and café, hiking and cycling tracks and adrenaline activities located both near and within Conway National Park, overlooking Airlie Beach
  • Queens Beach Tourist Village Pty Ltd – for the construction of an inclusive family water play attraction at Queens Beach Tourist Village, Queens Beach.

A further $500 000 had been set aside for a coral gardening edu-tourism experience in the Whitsunday region.

Project Status Report - November 2018

Project Status Report - October 2018

Project Status Report - September 2018

Project Status Report - August 2018

Project Status Report – July 2018

Project Status Report - June 2018 

Project Status Report – May 2018

Project Status Report – March 2018

Tourism Recovery Grant Funding Guidelines


Media Release – 23 March 2018: Funding for new Whitsunday tourism projects announced

Media Release – 11 September 2017: Funding helps Whitsundays tourism industry bounce back 


Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly deals, news and events! Subscribe