Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss
Tenders Open For Outback Adventure Cycling Experience
Victor P Taffa
$12 Million Red Centre Adventure Ride is progressing well with the release of the first tenders for the outback cycling experience. The project will create local jobs and business opportunities through the construction phase and ongoing.
“Red Centre Adventure Ride will be Australia’s best outback multi-day ride which will help increase tourist numbers and that means more jobs.” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.
“Ride will showcase breathtaking natural features and sites including the West MacDonnell Ranges which are currently inaccessible for mountain bike riding.”
More than 200 km of new trails will link the Alice Springs Desert Park to Glen Helen in Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, creating a unique trail adventure for riders of all skill levels.
Tenders are now open to:
- Design the track to be built for the proposed new bicycle trail
- Design proposed overnight high-end luxury camps along the trail.
Works are part of the Northern Territory Government’s record $103 Million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.
Project concept includes 3 dedicated luxury commercial camps, and 6 more basic camps suited to self-sufficient / budget cyclists. These will be spaced along the trail to suit a range of riders and accommodation preferences.
Ride will showcase breathtaking natural features and sites of the West MacDonnell Ranges currently inaccessible for mountain bike riding.
All works are being done in consultation with Traditional Owners, Central Land Council and the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA).
There is a strong focus on maximising employment of Traditional Owners and local Aboriginal people through the entire project.
Trail design and build will be to the International Mountain Biking Association Trail Difficulty Rating Green Circle / Easy, but the proposed trail is equally exciting for all mountain biking enthusiasts.
Both tenders are set to close 28 September 2018.