Cultural tourism expert and writer Meg Pier applauds Binna Burra recovery as lodge reopens a year on from devastating bushfires

AN international expert on cultural tourism has given Binna Burra Lodge the thumbs up on its recovery a year on from the devastating bushfires.

RECOVERY: Binna Burra Lodge chairperson Steve Noakes has welcomed cultural tourism expert Meg Pier's report. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

RECOVERY: Binna Burra Lodge chairperson Steve Noakes has welcomed cultural tourism expert Meg Pier's report. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

Meg Pier, based at Boston Massachusetts, said the lodge's recovery was dramatic and in no small way helped by people from many places.

Ms Pier, a writer who has featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and Boston Globe, lauded Binna Burra's strong sense of community.

She interviewed eleven locals as part of her research, all of whom considered the area to be a part of their identity.

"The lodge's dramatic recovery from a heartbreaking and seemingly insurmountable disaster occurred in no small part due to the legion of people who came to Binna Burra to experience the spectacular landscape," Ms Pier said.

Binna Burra Lodge chairperson Steve Noakes said the business was honoured to have had Ms Pier write about the area.

"It illustrates once again how the impacts of the bushfire at Binna Burra last year rippled around the world to people who know and love Lamington National Park here in Queensland," he said.

"At this time when we reflect on the one year anniversary of the devastating bushfires ... it gives us time to reflect on the special meaning this World Heritage Listed rainforest has to all the individuals who live here or come to visit."

Plans were in place for the Binna Burra campground and Tea House to reopen this month.

Read more local news here.