If you are a lover of the natural world and don’t mind strapping on a pair of hiking boots, you qualify for being a practitioner of ‘green exercise’.
Roy Morgan research found that between 2010 and 2015, those who reported hiking and bushwalking regularly grew from 2.9 per cent to 5.2 per cent, and those who did this occasionally rose from 15.6 per cent to 27.3 per cent (or over 5.3 million Australians).
Angela Smith, Group Account Director for Roy Morgan notes that there are clear economic advantages to this rise in popularity of hiking and other outdoor sports.
“The current boom in hiking and bushwalking is not only a good thing for participants’ well-being; it also represents a wonderful opportunity for savvy tourism operators and destination marketers.”
With greater opportunities for investors to market their properties (such as through AirBnB), buying a home in areas close to stunning natural surrounds is a no-brainer.
Here are some of the best places in which to invest if you aren’t afraid of a few steep climbs, and can see which way the wind is blowing for tourism in Queensland.
Lamington National Park has over 320km of walking tracks and at only 2 hrs from Brisbane, the area attracts regular visitors.
A short drive from the Gold Coast, Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain and the surrounding suburbs of Wongawallan, Upper Coomera and Pacific Pines provide access for a growing number of tourists to some of the best available views of the Gold Coast.
Further north, Noosa has its untamed side as well. There is a 102km trek along the sandy beaches north of Noosa, around the upper Noosa River, finishing at Rainbow Beach and Frasier Island. And of course, Noosa Heads homes are on the doorstop of one of the most beautiful walks that anyone can do within a few hours, on the circuit walk around Noosa National Park.
Brisbane has some of the most spectacular suburbs suited for those who like to get active and outside.
Closer to Brisbane, Chapel Hill, Kenmore Hills and Indooroopilly are close to the famous Brisbane Lookout at Mt Coot-Tha, while to the south of the city, Shailer Park, Daisy Hill, Springwood and Rochedale South have easy access to a host of walking tracks in the Venman Bushland National Park and Daisy Hill Conservation Park.
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