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Presentation to the Wahroonga Rotary Club about the potential for geotourism development in Australia

Presentation to the Wahroonga Rotary Club about the potential for geotourism development in Australia

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  • “Geotourism - a Tourism Growth Opportunity for Australia” Rotary Club of Wahroonga 11th December 2013 Angus M Robinson
  • GEOTOURISM - AUSTRALIA’S EARLIEST FORM OF TOURISM – WHERE?
  • Scenery and Geology - a 1938 Musing   Scenery depends on land structure - in other words, its geology. Everyone interested in the countryside, how it has countryside taken shape, why it presents us with the varied beauties of mountain and woodland, river valleys and fertile meadows, is, if often unconsciously, appreciating its geology. A.E. Trueman Professor of Geology, Glascow University
  • Understanding Natural Heritage Natural heritage is the legacy of natural objects and intangible attributes encompassing the countryside and natural environment, including flora and fauna, environment scientifically known as BIODIVERSITY, and BIODIVERSITY geology, landforms and soil landscapes, i.e. GEODIVERSITY.
  • Key Concepts – Ecotourism Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation, with a focus on biodiversity.
  • Geotourism Characteristics Geotourism is sustainable tourism which focuses on an area's geology and landscape i.e its geodiversity as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment.
  • Geotourism - as one of the components of the many types of ‘place-based’ tourism Ecotourism Sightseeing Cultural Tourism Cuisine HeritageGeotourism Tourism Agritourism Indigenous Tourism
  • Geotourism – Diversity of Sites Geo-sites Icons National Landscapes Geo-trails Geotourism Caves/Karst Areas Landforms National Parks/Reserves/ Urban Parks Geoparks WHAs Mine Sites
  • ‘Gondwana Coast’ – Fossils Walks Geo-Site Ulladulla, NSW
  • Galapagos, Ecuador – a Global Geo-site
  • The Opening of the Trail of Time Thursday 13 October 2010 13
  • The ‘Trail of Time’ – Grand Canyon The Trail of Time is the world’s largest geoscience exhibition at the world’s grandest geologic landscape It is a 4.56 km long trail marked at every meter with 1 m = 1 million years of earth’s 4.56 billion year long geologic history
  • Branding ‘Iconic’ Geotourism – Ensuring a Memorable Experience!
  • Tertiary basalt cap Trias sic P er m ian 10 m illion barre n y ea extin rs ction event Greater Blue Mountains National Landscape Thick beds of shale and coal
  • Red Centre Uluru Alice Springs
  • Ningaloo – Shark Bay Ningaloo Shark Bay
  • The Kimberley
  • Great Southwest Edge
  • Australia’s Timeless North
  • The Wet Tropics
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Flinders Ranges NP Flinders Ranges National Park Adelaide Brachina Gorge – self-guided geological trail - (The Ediacaran Fossils) 27
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Island of Tasmania
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Australian Alps
  • Australia’s Green Cauldron Plug Caldera
  • Australia’s Coastal Wilderness
  • 2 1 43 657 8 9 11 10 1 13 12 14 16 15 50 km 17 18 19 2 4 8 12 6 5 9 13 17 10 3 7 11 14 18 15 19
  • Camel Rock Turbidite -36.378131 150.076987 These are the strongly folded beds of 470 million year old turbidite. Turbidites form in the deep ocean when unstable masses of sediment avalanche down continental slopes, gathering water as they go . From each dense sediment flow, sand settles out first followed by finer sediment, preserved in a single bed or layer. Undulations in the fine layers at the top of each bed record the ripples as the flow comes to rest. The mud settles and duly forms as layers seen in the turbidite rock. Link http://www.sapphirecoast.com.au/6_The_geological_floor_-_the_Ordovician.pdf
  • What is a Geopark?    A Geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance and where that heritage is being used to promote the sustainable development of the local communities who live there. The Geopark brand is a voluntary, quality label and while it is not a legislative designation, the key heritage sites within a geopark should be protected under local, regional or national legislation as appropriate. These Earth heritage sites are part of an integrated concept of protection, education, and sustainable development. development
  • Core Elements of a Geopark A GEOPARK achieves its goals of fostering local development through a three-pronged approach:  GEOCONSERVATION: A GEOPARK seeks to conserve significant GEOCONSERVATION geological features, and explore and demonstrate methods for excellence in conservation.  EDUCATION: A GEOPARK organises activities and provides logistic EDUCATION support to communicate geoscientific knowledge and environmental concepts to the public.  GEOTOURISM: A GEOPARK stimulates economic activity and GEOTOURISM sustainable development through geotourism.
  • oparks * Over 100 Global Geoparks * 29 in China * None in Australia Kanawinka Geopark
  • Some Geomorphic Highlights Kanawinka Geopark – Victoria and New South Wales
  • Volcanic Landscapes, Kanawinka Geopark, Victoria
  • Chinese Global Geoparks 29 Global Geoparks in China (2013)
  • Kanawinka Geopark - Education
  • Tianzhushan Global Geopark Anhui Province, PRC
  • Immersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global Geopark
  • Immersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global Geopark The Coastal Waterways of the Hong Kong Global Geopark
  • Take-Aways    The incorporation of the geotourism experience (with traditional nature tourism and elements of other ‘place based’ tourism) creates a more holistic ‘hero’ experience. In short, ‘experiential tourists seek memorable experiences. Geotourism delivers in geology for everyone!
  • Geo = Earth = Our Home
  • Take Away - Preserving Planet Earth    Urgent need for us all to start preserving our only known liveable home in the universe Preservation not just conservation is becoming an imperative; our entire natural environment is now under threat, driven by over population, over threat development and climate change. Geotourism also communicates geoscientific knowledge and environmental concepts to the public.
  • Preserving Planet Earth Committee D 3450, Hong Kong    Their vision is through continuous sustainable development programs and education, the value education and importance of our natural environment and biodiversity will be understood and managed sustainably. This committee and two HK Rotary Clubs are supporters of the Hong Kong Global Geopark. Is there an opportunity for Wahroonga RC to establish a similar interest in preserving Planet Earth?
  • ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE?