Recovery for Regional Tourism program brings dinosaurs back to the Gold Coast

25 January 2022

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Extinction Trail brings the Mesozoic Era to life. This is thanks, in part, to the Australian Government’s Recovery for Regional Tourism (RRT) program.  

Selecting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Extinction Trail for funding

After consulting with local industry, Destination Gold Coast chose the Extinction Trail as a new project for the region. Extinction Trail lets visitors travel back to when dinosaurs and megafauna roamed the earth. It’s educational, linking past extinction events with risks for today’s wildlife.

The RRT program supported:

  • designing and creating the trail experience
  • creating sculptures of extinct animals
  • signage
  • sound scaping
  • an augmented reality game app
  • marketing

‘We are thankful for the support of the Regional Recovery for Tourism program, Austrade and Destination Gold Coast in executing the grant,’ says Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Manager Michael Kelly.

‘Without this funding from the Regional Recovery for Tourism program, this project would not have been possible in the current economic environment.’

About the Recovery for Regional Tourism Program

The RRT program supports regions that rely on international tourism. It’s part of the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for regions, communities and industry sectors that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The 82 projects under the program have helped to:

  • attract interstate visitors
  • create regional jobs
  • improve product diversity to attract domestic visitors.

Learn more about the Recovery for Regional Tourism program.