Cardwell Rainforest & Reef Visitor Information Centre is
an information centre with a difference. It is the only centre
in the history of Queensland where three bodies (one state,
one local government and one private) have joined forces to
form a business.
(and building), is owned by the Environmental Protection Agency,
has 1.5 full time employees funded by Cardwell Shire
Council, while being operated under the umbrella of Great Green
Way Tourism Inc. (a not for profit organisation).
on the waterfront in the heart of Cardwell, this eco tourism
facility specialises in providing both tourist and interpretive
information about Cardwell, Hinchinbrook Island and Channel and
environs. The Centre is an accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Information
Centre and is in the process of gaining Advanced Eco-Tourism
A larger than
life vivid sculptural display takes the visitor on an enchanted
journey as the history and structure of the peoples, landscape
and wildlife is told. The visitor is led to the final encounter
with the delightful talking eel.
From a large,
colourful reception area & gift shop, experienced staff offer information on accommodation
and local tours, while both a video presentation and a digital
dvd and monitor display non-stop footage of local attractions.
The Centre also offers a computerised information kiosk to allow
direct online access to National Parks bookings and enquiries.
This is a first for North Queensland and one of only three in Queensland.
As well, the
desk offers printed material on Queensland National Parks, native
local flora & fauna, walking trails and issues
Rainforest & Reef
Centre attracts visitors from all over the world and is easily
accessible to self-drive & tour
group visitors alike.
At the entrance,
two ‘Green Frogs’,
the Great Green Way’s recognisable emblem, are prominently
visible to catch the eye of the passing motorist.