(Australian Associated Press)
The Northern Territory government has invited tenders to design and build a $12 million bicycle trail and luxury camps along the new path in Central Australia.
The Red Centre Adventure Ride will feature more than 200km of new outback mountain bike trails linking the Alice Springs Desert Park to Glen Helen in the iconic Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges National Park.
The Gunner government is trying to boost lacklustre tourism numbers and an overall shrinking population that is shrinking, recently releasing its new “Boundless Possible” branding for the Territory, which it paid creative agency The Royals to come up with.
The cycling works are part of a $103 million tourism stimulus package.
Tenders are open to design the track to be built for the trail and design proposed overnight high-end luxury camps along it.
The project will create local jobs and business opportunities through the construction phase and ongoing, NT Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said.
There will be three dedicated luxury camps and six basic ones along the West MacDonnell Ranges trail not currently open to cyclists who can sleep under the stars.