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Etheridge Geotourism and the Pre-Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark

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Delivered to a workshop of the Savannah Guides, this presentation explains the relationship between natural heritage, geotourism, geotrails and UNESCO Global Geoparks as well as outlining the characteristics of the Pre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global Geopark in Far North Queensland and the offered benefits for the acclaimed Savannah Guides.

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Etheridge Geotourism and the Pre-Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark

  1. 1. ““ Etheridge GeotourismEtheridge Geotourism Pathways for Future DevelopmentPathways for Future Development Angus M RobinsonAngus M Robinson Chair, Geotourism Standing CommitteeChair, Geotourism Standing Committee Geological Society of AustraliaGeological Society of Australia
  2. 2. Today’s AgendaToday’s Agenda  Natural Heritage and GeotourismNatural Heritage and Geotourism  Australian National LandscapesAustralian National Landscapes  Australian Geotrail DevelopmentAustralian Geotrail Development  Aspiring Geopark Development in AustraliaAspiring Geopark Development in Australia  Pre-Aspiring UNESCO Global GeoparksPre-Aspiring UNESCO Global Geoparks  Australia- China Geotourism CollaborationAustralia- China Geotourism Collaboration  Take AwaysTake Aways
  3. 3. Scenery and Geology - a 1938 MusingScenery and Geology - a 1938 Musing  SceneryScenery depends on landland structurestructure - in other words, its geologygeology..  Everyone interested in the countrysidecountryside, how it has 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.geology. A.E. Trueman Professor of Geology, Glascow University
  4. 4. Understanding Natural HeritageUnderstanding Natural Heritage Natural heritage is the legacy of natural objects and intangible attributes encompassing the countrysidecountryside and naturalnatural environmentenvironment, including flora and fauna, scientifically known as BIODIVERSITYBIODIVERSITY, and geology, landforms and soil landscapes, i.e.geology, landforms and soil landscapes, i.e. GEODIVERSITYGEODIVERSITY..
  5. 5. Key Concepts – EcotourismKey Concepts – Ecotourism Ecotourism is ecologically sustainableecologically sustainable tourismtourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areasexperiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation, with a focus onfocus on biodiversity.biodiversity.
  6. 6. Geotourism Definition adopted byGeotourism Definition adopted by the Geological Society of Australiathe Geological Society of Australia Recognising thatRecognising that interpretation outcomes in Australian nationalinterpretation outcomes in Australian national parks had largely ignored geoheritage elementsparks had largely ignored geoheritage elements of nationalof national heritage, the GSA set about addressing this deficiency with theheritage, the GSA set about addressing this deficiency with the following definition.following definition. ‘Geotourism is tourism which focuses on an area'sGeotourism is tourism which focuses on an area's geology and landscapegeology and landscape as the basis for providing visitoras the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’.engagement, learning and enjoyment’.
  7. 7. Environment, Natural & Cultural HeritageEnvironment, Natural & Cultural Heritage comprises the following:comprises the following: 1.1. AAbioticbiotic – non-living aspects such as the climate & geology– non-living aspects such as the climate & geology e.g. landscape and landforms:e.g. landscape and landforms: GEODIVERSITYGEODIVERSITY 2.2. BBioticiotic – the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora– the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora (plants):(plants): BIODIVERSITYBIODIVERSITY 3.3. CCulturalultural – past & present, non-living & built– past & present, non-living & built PartsParts B+CB+C are well interpreted within tourism, especially throughare well interpreted within tourism, especially through ecotourism and cultural tourism,ecotourism and cultural tourism, butbut AA has typically not been wellhas typically not been well addressed in Australia.addressed in Australia. Source: Dowling, 2013
  8. 8. Geotourism incorporatingGeotourism incorporating all types of ‘nature-based’ and cultural tourismall types of ‘nature-based’ and cultural tourism After Boley, B.B. after Thompson, S. 2009 Sightseeing Cuisine Agritourism Indigenous Tourism Heritage Tourism Cultural Tourism ECOTOURISM GeotourismGeotourism i.e. ‘experientiali.e. ‘experiential tourism’tourism’
  9. 9. Geotourism – Potential MarketsGeotourism – Potential Markets Tourism Industry ViewTourism Industry View ‘‘Experiential’Experiential’ Domestic TravellersDomestic Travellers Geologists/Geomorphologists/SpeliologistsGeologists/Geomorphologists/Speliologists /Paleontologists/Paleontologists School GroupsSchool Groups ‘‘Experiential’Experiential’ Overseas TravellersOverseas Travellers Geopark InterestsGeopark Interests
  10. 10. Geotourism – Diversity of PlacesGeotourism – Diversity of Places GeotourismGeotourism IconsIcons (Inc National Landscapes) Mine Sites National ParksNational Parks/Reserves//Reserves/ Urban ParksUrban Parks GeotrailsGeotrails Geo-sitesGeo-sites Geoparks/Geoparks/ PaleoParksPaleoParks Caves/Karst Areas LandformsLandforms WHAsWHAs Geo VillagesGeo Villages
  11. 11. Iconic Sites forIconic Sites for GeotourismGeotourism  GalapagosGalapagos, Ecuador  Grand CanyonGrand Canyon, USA  16 National Landscapes16 National Landscapes, Australia  GlobalGlobal GeoparksGeoparks
  12. 12. Australia’s National Landscapes ProgrammeAustralia’s National Landscapes Programme Partnership between tourism and conservation that aims to:Partnership between tourism and conservation that aims to:  PromotePromote world class, high qualityworld class, high quality visitor experiencesvisitor experiences  Increase theIncrease the value of tourism to regional economiesvalue of tourism to regional economies  Enhance theEnhance the role of protected areasrole of protected areas in those economiesin those economies  Build support for protecting our natural and cultural assetsBuild support for protecting our natural and cultural assets  EngageEngage local communitieslocal communities A long termA long term strategicstrategic approachapproach ‘‘To differentiateTo differentiate Australia’sAustralia’s iconic natural and culturaliconic natural and cultural destinationsdestinations from anything elsefrom anything else available in the worldavailable in the world’
  13. 13. Australia’s 16 National LandscapesAustralia’s 16 National Landscapes
  14. 14. Thick beds of shale and coal Permian 10 million barren years Tertiary basalt cap Triassic extinction event Greater Blue Mountains National Landscape
  15. 15. Branding ‘Iconic’ Geotourism –Branding ‘Iconic’ Geotourism – Ensuring a Memorable Experience!Ensuring a Memorable Experience!
  16. 16. Grand Canyon Time TrailGrand Canyon Time Trail Descends ~1.3km and trail is >5km longDescends ~1.3km and trail is >5km long
  17. 17. Grand Canyon TimeGrand Canyon Time TrailTrail
  18. 18. Geotrail Characteristics -Geotrail Characteristics - A First DefinitionA First Definition ‘A Geotrail delivers geotourism experiencesA Geotrail delivers geotourism experiences through a journey linked by an area'sthrough a journey linked by an area's geologygeology and landscapeand landscape asas the basis for providing visitorthe basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’.engagement, learning and enjoyment’.
  19. 19. Why Geotrails?Why Geotrails? 1.1. Relates directly to the tourism experience of aRelates directly to the tourism experience of a journey linking destinationsjourney linking destinations.. 2.2. In Australia, unlike geoparks,In Australia, unlike geoparks, geotrails havegeotrails have widespread appealwidespread appeal, and do not compete with or, and do not compete with or impact on land management/access issues.impact on land management/access issues. 3.3. Geotrails are relatively easy to establish andGeotrails are relatively easy to establish and represent arepresent a very cost effective means of enhancingvery cost effective means of enhancing regional developmentregional development..
  20. 20. Best Practice GeotrailsBest Practice Geotrails 1.1. Should be constructed aroundShould be constructed around routes currently usedroutes currently used by touristsby tourists; geotrails should form logical journeys; geotrails should form logical journeys linking accommodation destinations.linking accommodation destinations. 2.2. ShouldShould meld the geological heritage features of ameld the geological heritage features of a region with a cohesive STORY.region with a cohesive STORY. 3.3. ShouldShould incorporate and package in the biodiversityincorporate and package in the biodiversity and cultural components (including mining heritage)and cultural components (including mining heritage) of the region through which the geotrail traverses.of the region through which the geotrail traverses. 4.4. TheThe Savannah WaySavannah Way Geotrail?Geotrail?
  21. 21. Alice Springs Uluru Australia’s Red CentreAustralia’s Red Centre National LandscapeNational Landscape Northern TerrorityNorthern Terrority ‘‘features an ancient landscape with erosionalfeatures an ancient landscape with erosional remnants (geosites) linked to a commonremnants (geosites) linked to a common geological heritage’geological heritage’
  22. 22. Island of Tasmania Australia’s Red Centre GeotrailAustralia’s Red Centre Geotrail
  23. 23. Island of Tasmania
  24. 24. Island of Tasmania
  25. 25. Iconic Geotourism Themes ofIconic Geotourism Themes of Australia’s Red Centre National LandscapeAustralia’s Red Centre National Landscape  AA: Landforms and common geological heritage: Landforms and common geological heritage  BB: Red Kangaroo species, and other type: Red Kangaroo species, and other type flora/faunaflora/fauna  CC: Indigenous (and European) culture: Indigenous (and European) culture
  26. 26. Island of Tasmania
  27. 27. Island of Tasmania
  28. 28. Island of Tasmania
  29. 29. Immersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global GeoparkImmersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global Geopark The Coastal Waterways of the Hong Kong Global GeoparkThe Coastal Waterways of the Hong Kong Global Geopark
  30. 30. Island of Tasmania National Landscape Cradlecoast GeoTrailCradlecoast GeoTrail
  31. 31. ‘‘The Living Earth’ – Cradle Coast GeotrailThe Living Earth’ – Cradle Coast Geotrail Island of Tasmania National LandscapeIsland of Tasmania National Landscape
  32. 32. Flinders RangesFlinders Ranges National LandscapeNational Landscape Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo ValleyBrachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo Valley
  33. 33. Flinders RangesFlinders Ranges National LandscapeNational Landscape Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo ValleyBrachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo Valley
  34. 34. Flinders RangesFlinders Ranges National LandscapeNational Landscape Brachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo ValleyBrachina Gorge Geological Trail and Bunyeroo Valley
  35. 35. Australia’s Coastal Wilderness National Landscape Geo-heritage journey and geotrails
  36. 36. 50 km 19 18 17 1615 14 13 12 11 10 9 8765 4 3 2 1 19 7654 321 1817 15141312 111098
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. Great Ocean Road National LandscapeGreat Ocean Road National Landscape State of VictoriaState of Victoria Great Ocean Road and Kanawinka Geotrail ?
  39. 39. Great Barrier Reef & The Wet TropicsGreat Barrier Reef & The Wet Tropics National Landscapes, and WHAsNational Landscapes, and WHAs
  40. 40. Founded in 1945 - 193 member states UNESCO Man and the BiosphereMan and the Biosphere World Heritage AreasWorld Heritage Areas UNESCO Global GeoparksUNESCO Global Geoparks
  41. 41. UNESCO Global GeoparksUNESCO Global Geoparks UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unifiedsingle, unified geographical areasgeographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significanceinternational geological significance are managedmanaged with a holistic concept of protection, educationwith a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable developmentand sustainable development.
  42. 42. UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS Where are the geoparks? There are 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks spread across 33 countries and 5There are 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks spread across 33 countries and 5 continentscontinents. This includes 69 in Europe as part of the European Geoparks. This includes 69 in Europe as part of the European Geoparks Network and 46 in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the Asia-PacificNetwork and 46 in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network.Geoparks Network. Geoparques Mundiais da UNESCO Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, Ciência e Cultura
  43. 43. UNESCO ProgramsUNESCO Programs (after Dowling, 2016)(after Dowling, 2016) Program Sites Countries World Heritage 1052 165 Man and the Biosphere 669 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks 120 33
  44. 44. UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS Economic Impact Study 1: United KingdomUNESCO Svjetski Geoparkovi Organizacija Ujedinjenih Naroda za Obrazovanje, Znanost i Kulturu UNESCO Activity Estimated financial benefit per year Number of Sites if appropriate Estimated financial benefit per designation World Heritage Sites 61.1 M GBP 28 2.2 M GBP Global Geoparks 18.8 M GBP 6.5 2.9 M GBP UNITWIN/UNESC O Chairs 2.9 M GBP 16 0.18 M GBP Biosphere Reserves 2.3 M GBP 6 0.38 M GBP Everything Else 4.3 M GBP n/a TOTAL 89.4 M GBP Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK (2012-2013): www.unesco.org.uk
  45. 45. Australia’s UNESCO SitesAustralia’s UNESCO Sites (after Dowling, 2016)(after Dowling, 2016) Program Sites World Heritage 22 Man and the Biosphere 14 UNESCO Global GeoparksUNESCO Global Geoparks 00
  46. 46. Map - Distribution of ChineseMap - Distribution of Chinese geoparks with global statusgeoparks with global status Global Geoparks of China 2016 33 Global Geoparks33 Global Geoparks in Chinain China
  47. 47. Immersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global GeoparkImmersed in the landscape & geology – Tianzhushan Global Geopark
  48. 48. Is A Geopark Just About Geology?Is A Geopark Just About Geology?  No! While a geopark must demonstrate geologicalNo! While a geopark must demonstrate geological heritage of international significance,heritage of international significance, thethe purpose of a geopark is to explore, develop andpurpose of a geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between that geologicalcelebrate the links between that geological heritage and all other aspects of the areasheritage and all other aspects of the areas natural, cultural and intangible heritages.natural, cultural and intangible heritages.  It is aboutIt is about reconnecting human society at allreconnecting human society at all levels to the planet we all call homelevels to the planet we all call home and toand to celebrate how our planet and it’s 4,600 millioncelebrate how our planet and it’s 4,600 million year longyear long history has shaped every aspect of ourhistory has shaped every aspect of our lives and our societies.lives and our societies.
  49. 49. Global Geoparks vs National ParksGlobal Geoparks vs National Parks  Unlike World Heritage Areas and national parksUnlike World Heritage Areas and national parks,, Global GeoparksGlobal Geoparks can embracecan embrace both protected andboth protected and any resource extraction areas,any resource extraction areas, focusing onfocusing on sustainable development objectives.sustainable development objectives.  Global GeoparksGlobal Geoparks focus onfocus on community engagementcommunity engagement and ownershipand ownership ..  Whilst national parks are created in perpetuity,Whilst national parks are created in perpetuity, thethe status of global geoparks are reviewed every 4status of global geoparks are reviewed every 4 yearsyears..  In AustraliaIn Australia, national parks focus generally only on, national parks focus generally only on biodiversity at the expense of geological heritage.biodiversity at the expense of geological heritage.
  50. 50. GeoparksGeoparks Geoparks areGeoparks are both aboth a developmentdevelopment conceptconcept as well as aas well as a brandingbranding tooltool.. They achieveThey achieve these goals throughthese goals through:: 1.1.ConservationConservation 2.2.EducationEducation 3.3.GeotourismGeotourism
  51. 51. National Landscapes & UNESCO Global GeoparksNational Landscapes & UNESCO Global Geoparks  HaveHave similar goalssimilar goals relating to local development andrelating to local development and community engagementcommunity engagement as well as education andas well as education and experiential tourismexperiential tourism (‘geotourism’).(‘geotourism’).  BothBoth require government approvalrequire government approval but withbut with differentdifferent government stakeholdersgovernment stakeholders..  However, the AustralianHowever, the Australian National LandscapeNational Landscape ProgrammeProgramme has been formerly disbandoned by itshas been formerly disbandoned by its government sponsors, but thegovernment sponsors, but the iconic landscapes andiconic landscapes and their communities are still very much in placetheir communities are still very much in place!!
  52. 52. Geoparks and Community EngagementGeoparks and Community Engagement Geoparks =Geoparks = CommunityCommunity EngagementEngagement Mine SitesMine Sites National Parks/Reserves/National Parks/Reserves/ Urban ParksUrban Parks GeotrailsGeotrails Geo-sitesGeo-sites Geo VillagesGeo Villages
  53. 53. Key FactorsKey Factors Geopark Development In Australia - 2017Geopark Development In Australia - 2017  Geopark development needs to beGeopark development needs to be state/local governmentstate/local government agencyagency initiatedinitiated and supportedand supported..  AA high level of community engagementhigh level of community engagement is essential to meetis essential to meet UNESCO requirements.UNESCO requirements.  The key driver of geopark development must be focused on regional developmentregional development – i.e. jobs and growth.– i.e. jobs and growth.  TheThe approval of Government Geological Surveysapproval of Government Geological Surveys for individualfor individual projects is an absolute necessity.projects is an absolute necessity.  Australian Government approval for UNESCO nomination mayAustralian Government approval for UNESCO nomination may well be achieved ifwell be achieved if state/territory governmentstate/territory government ‘ownership’endorsement and funding is clearly established‘ownership’endorsement and funding is clearly established..
  54. 54. Pre-AspiringPre-Aspiring WarrumbunglesWarrumbungles UNESCO Global Geopark,UNESCO Global Geopark, New South WalesNew South Wales Outstanding MioceneOutstanding Miocene Shield Volcano remnantShield Volcano remnant landforms close to alandforms close to a major coal developmentmajor coal development area located in thearea located in the Warrumbungles NationalWarrumbungles National ParkPark (236 square km area)(236 square km area) at theat the intersection of theintersection of the three local governmentthree local government areas.areas.
  55. 55. m Initiativesm Initiatives  State of New South Wales:State of New South Wales: GeoTreat supported ‘GeoJourney’ in theGeoTreat supported ‘GeoJourney’ in the Australian Coastal Wilderness National Landscape.Australian Coastal Wilderness National Landscape.  State of Victoria:State of Victoria: Volcano Discovery Trail (Kanawinka related).Volcano Discovery Trail (Kanawinka related).  State of Western Australia:State of Western Australia: Various geotrail project proposals (e.g.Various geotrail project proposals (e.g. Murchison, Coolgardie) and potential ‘geopark concept’ opportunitiesMurchison, Coolgardie) and potential ‘geopark concept’ opportunities  State of South Australia:State of South Australia: is not actively progressing any geopark potentialis not actively progressing any geopark potential projects, but is very keen to support the development of geotrails andprojects, but is very keen to support the development of geotrails and geotourism through exceptional geological heritage, especially throughgeotourism through exceptional geological heritage, especially through Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges National Landscapes.Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges National Landscapes.  State of Tasmania:State of Tasmania: West Coast ‘Living Earth’ – CradleCoast GeoTrail.West Coast ‘Living Earth’ – CradleCoast GeoTrail.  Northern Territory:Northern Territory: Potential Geotrails (Red Centre, Savannah Way).Potential Geotrails (Red Centre, Savannah Way).
  56. 56. The Proposed Savannah Way Geotrail linked to the Pre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global Geopark in the state of Queensland
  57. 57. Pre-AspiringPre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global Geopark,Etheridge UNESCO Global Geopark, QueenslandQueensland Comprising theComprising the entire Shire ofentire Shire of EtheridgeEtheridge, and including areas of, and including areas of outstanding volcanic and miningoutstanding volcanic and mining Heritage - embracing someHeritage - embracing some 40,000 sq km.40,000 sq km.
  58. 58. Pre-AspiringPre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global GeoparkEtheridge UNESCO Global Geopark  GeositesGeosites –– In abundance, with Undara as a globalIn abundance, with Undara as a global icon.icon.  Geo villagesGeo villages –– Georgetown, Mt Surprise, Forsayth,Georgetown, Mt Surprise, Forsayth, Einasleigh, all with community engaged geositesEinasleigh, all with community engaged geosites (including gem fields); key established(including gem fields); key established ecotourismecotourism resortsresorts of Undara and Cobbold Gorge.of Undara and Cobbold Gorge.  GeotrailsGeotrails –– As well as the Savannah Way (Lava tubes,As well as the Savannah Way (Lava tubes, Gems and Gorges Trail) with connections toGems and Gorges Trail) with connections to Chillagoe, Mt Garnet, Croydon etc.Chillagoe, Mt Garnet, Croydon etc.  National ParksNational Parks –– Undara National Parks plus sevenUndara National Parks plus seven others.others. 
  59. 59. Pre-AspiringPre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global GeoparkEtheridge UNESCO Global Geopark  If approved,If approved, Australia will join the rest of the worldAustralia will join the rest of the world with the establishment of two new global geoparks.with the establishment of two new global geoparks.  The Etheridge regionThe Etheridge region will evolve intowill evolve into a high profile,a high profile, globally brandedglobally branded, inland destination, inland destination..  Global Geopark-focused touristsGlobal Geopark-focused tourists will add Etheridgewill add Etheridge to their ‘bucket lists’.to their ‘bucket lists’.  This strategyThis strategy will lead towill lead to increased visitationincreased visitation (domestic & inbound)(domestic & inbound) as well asas well as investments in newinvestments in new tourism infrastructuretourism infrastructure andand product developmentproduct development..
  60. 60. Australia-China Memorandum of CooperationAustralia-China Memorandum of Cooperation The GSA and the Geological Society of ChinaThe GSA and the Geological Society of China Executed June 2016Executed June 2016  The Australia-China relationship is becoming moreThe Australia-China relationship is becoming more importantimportant with the increasing level of economic,with the increasing level of economic, social and cultural activities in the coming decades.social and cultural activities in the coming decades.  The Memorandum of Cooperation will be focusedThe Memorandum of Cooperation will be focused onon growing and enhancing best practice nature-growing and enhancing best practice nature- based tourism (i.e. geotourism)based tourism (i.e. geotourism) in both countries.in both countries.  Tourism park managers could play a significant roleTourism park managers could play a significant role inin establishing ‘sister’ relationships between parks,establishing ‘sister’ relationships between parks, as a key driver of future geotourism.as a key driver of future geotourism.
  61. 61. Establishing Ties Amongst ParksEstablishing Ties Amongst Parks  Can be in form ofCan be in form of ‘sister‘sister parks’,parks’, field study andfield study and training centres, jointtraining centres, joint research projects,research projects, management staffmanagement staff oror guide exchangeguide exchange programs.programs.  ‘‘Sister Park’ relationshipSister Park’ relationship can be acan be a holisticholistic approachapproach to implementto implement these joint projects.these joint projects. IndonesianIndonesian delegation visiting Chinese geopark
  62. 62. Take-AwaysTake-Aways  Regional development imperativesRegional development imperatives (growth and jobs)(growth and jobs) are now driving geotourism initiatives in Australia.are now driving geotourism initiatives in Australia.  Creating geotrailsCreating geotrails is arguably the easiest way ofis arguably the easiest way of providingproviding early pathwaysearly pathways and support fromand support from governmentsgovernments for geotourism activitiesfor geotourism activities in Australia.in Australia.  State/Local GovernmentState/Local Government andand community backedcommunity backed geopark/geotrail initiativesgeopark/geotrail initiatives are now emerging.are now emerging.  Savannah Guides are key stakeholdersSavannah Guides are key stakeholders in thein the Etheridge Global Geopark project.Etheridge Global Geopark project.
  63. 63. Take-Aways for Savannah GuidesTake-Aways for Savannah Guides  Geoparks, geotrails and geotourismGeoparks, geotrails and geotourism offer the bestoffer the best opportunity to provide a holistic interpretation ofopportunity to provide a holistic interpretation of natural & cultural heritage.natural & cultural heritage.  TheThe Pre-Aspiring Etheridge Global GeoparkPre-Aspiring Etheridge Global Geopark andand linked geotrails (both internal and external) offer anlinked geotrails (both internal and external) offer an unequalled platformunequalled platform for natural & cultural heritagefor natural & cultural heritage interpretation in Australia for Savannah Guides.interpretation in Australia for Savannah Guides.  Savannah GuidesSavannah Guides will be ablewill be able to collaborateto collaborate withwith enterprises interestedenterprises interested in developing smartphonein developing smartphone applications for geotrails.applications for geotrails.
  64. 64. SuperGIS Mobile TourSuperGIS Mobile Tour  With GIS and GPS technologies integrated, theWith GIS and GPS technologies integrated, the tour guide information services are providedtour guide information services are provided promptly.promptly.
  65. 65. Query the Scenic SpotQuery the Scenic Spot  Tapping the icons of the scenic spots will reveal theTapping the icons of the scenic spots will reveal the pictures and descriptive texts.pictures and descriptive texts.
  66. 66. Contact DetailsContact Details angus@leisuresolutions.com.auangus@leisuresolutions.com.au Tel: + 61 418 488 340Tel: + 61 418 488 340 http://www.leisuresolutions.com.au/index.php/geotourism-industry-groupshttp://www.leisuresolutions.com.au/index.php/geotourism-industry-groups// http://www.geoexpro.com/articles/2016/04/australia-s-big-red-centrehttp://www.geoexpro.com/articles/2016/04/australia-s-big-red-centre

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