Plans for an unusual eco-tourism attraction on an island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park are making progress.
The federal Environment Department has invited public comment on a company called Wild Drake’s plan to build and operate a small standing camp on Halls Island, Lake Malbena.
The camp would support activities including kayaking, hill walks, bushwalking, cultural interpretation, wildlife viewing, poetry, art, botany, bird watching, astronomy and “citizen science” trips with guest experts in science, art and culture.
“The primary theme of the project is one of cultural immersion …,” documents lodged with the department by Wild Drake said.
“Key target markets will be discerning travellers looking for new discoveries, deep heritage and strong narratives, natural encounters and lean luxury.”
The company said it would be a small-scale operation aimed at the “very top end of the market”.
It said there would be a maximum of 30 trips per year, with six customers per trip.
Bushwalker Reg Hall built a privately owned hut on the island in the 1950s.
Wild Drake said that hut and the island had been used for private recreation for more than 60 years.
Customers would be flown to the island by helicopter from Derwent Bridge.
The prefabricated camp buildings would also be delivered by helicopter.
The state government in 2015 listed the project as one of four extra eco-tourism projects in national parks to go to the next stage of an expressions of interest process.
The other three were a horse riding and adventure hub in the Narawntapu National Park and two projects in the Freycinet National Park area.