Recognising this importance, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes new investments to attract even more visitors from interstate and overseas, and encourage even more Victorians to explore our state, with:
Attracting visitors to Victoria’s great outdoors
$106 million to attract visitors to Victoria’s great outdoors, with 30 brand-new campsites, 30 upgraded campsites, better 4WD tracks and walking trails, a new coastal park on the Bass Coast, planning for an iconic Sea to Summit hiking trail in East Gippsland and reduced camping fees.
Growing our state’s tourism industry
$32 million to attract international, interstate and intrastate visitors, growing our state’s tourism industry – and the jobs that go with it.
Upgrading scenic railway
$3.8 million to return steam trains to the Yarra Valley for the first time in 40 years.
Protecting Hanging Rock
$3 million to enhance Hanging with stronger environmental protections and upgraded facilities.
Gippsland Plains Rail Trail
$1 million to make the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail bigger and better than ever, attracting more tourists to the region and creating new local jobs.
We will also ensure Victoria remains the number one racing state in Australia, with $72 million to deliver club upgrades, integrity measures, training facilities and race day attraction programs.
Recognising racing’s role as a key employer – supporting more than 33,000 jobs across Victoria – the Budget also includes a $40 million boost in prize money, ensuring this important industry can continue to prosper.
Reviewed 24 May 2019