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Geoheritage, Geotourism, Geotrails and a South Australian Songline: Ian D Lewis and Angus M Robinson

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The establishment of a Great Central Geotrail offers the potential of linking key geosites within the Flinders Ranges World Heritage Area Nomination with other outstanding geosites across Central South Australia, including the Kangaroo Island National Landscape Area.

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Geoheritage, Geotourism, Geotrails and a South Australian Songline: Ian D Lewis and Angus M Robinson

  1. 1. Geoheritage, Geotourism, Geotrails and a South Australian Songline Global Eco 2017, 29 November Ian D Lewis & Angus M Robinson GSA Geotourism Standing Committee
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda  Natural Heritage and Geoheritage  Geotourism  Australia’s National Landscapes  Geotrails – Canada and Australia  Proposed Great Central Geotrail, South Australia  Take Away
  3. 3. Understanding Natural Heritage and Geoheritage Natural heritage is the legacy of natural objects and intangibleNatural heritage is the legacy of natural objects and intangible attributes encompassing the countryside and naturalattributes encompassing the countryside and natural environment, including flora and fauna, scientifically known asenvironment, including flora and fauna, scientifically known as BIODIVERSITY, and geology, landforms and soil landscapes, i.e.BIODIVERSITY, and geology, landforms and soil landscapes, i.e. GEODIVERSITYGEODIVERSITY – its Geoheritage!its Geoheritage!
  4. 4. Geotourism Definition adopted by the Geological Society of Australia Recognising that interpretation outcomes in Australian nationalRecognising that interpretation outcomes in Australian national parks had largely ignored geoheritage elements of nationalparks had largely ignored geoheritage elements of 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's geology andGeotourism is tourism which focuses on an area's geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learninglandscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment.’and enjoyment.’
  5. 5. Geotourism comprises the following features of natural & cultural heritage: 1. Abiotic – non-living aspects such as the climate & geology e.g. landscape and landforms: GEODIVERSITY (i.e. Geoheritage) 2. Biotic – the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora (plants): BIODIVERSITY 3. Cultural – past & present, non-living & built Holistic in scope, geotourism is the key driver for Geoparks, Geotrails , World Heritage Areas & Australia’s National Landscapes.
  6. 6. Australia’s 16 National Landscapes – ‘Scenic Areas’Australia’s 16 National Landscapes – ‘Scenic Areas’
  7. 7. Geotrail Characteristics - A First Definition ‘A Geotrail delivers geotourism experiences through a journey linked by an area's geology and landscapegeology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’.
  8. 8. Why Geotrails? 1. Relates directly to the tourism experience of a journey linking destinations. 2. In Australia, unlike geoparks, geotrails have widespreadgeotrails have widespread appealappeal, and do not compete with or impact on land management/access issues. 3. Geotrails are relatively easy to establisheasy to establish and represent a very cost effective means of enhancing regional development.
  9. 9. Best Practice Geotrails 1. Should be constructed around routes currently used by touristsconstructed around routes currently used by tourists; geotrails should form logical journeys linking accommodation destinations. 2. Should meld the geological heritage features of a region with a cohesive STORY. 3. Should incorporate and package in the biodiversity and cultural components (including mining heritage) of the region through which the geotrail traverses.
  10. 10. Geotrail Network Canada
  11. 11. The Proposed Savannah Way Geotrail linked to a ‘Defacto’ Geopark in the State of Queensland
  12. 12. ..
  13. 13. Island of Tasmania National Landscape Cradlecoast GeoTrailCradlecoast GeoTrail
  14. 14. ‘The Living Earth’ – Cradle Coast Geotrail
  15. 15. Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island
  16. 16. Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
  17. 17. Sellicks Beach, Fleurieu Peninsula
  18. 18. . Burra, South AustraliaBurra, South Australia
  19. 19. Flinders Ranges World Heritage Nomination
  20. 20. 25 .
  21. 21. Flinders Ranges National Park Brachina Gorge – self-guided geological trail - (The Ediacaran Fossils) Adelaide Flinders Ranges NP 26
  22. 22. Brachina Gorge Geotrail, Flinders RangesBrachina Gorge Geotrail, Flinders Ranges
  23. 23. Arkaroola, Flinders RangesArkaroola, Flinders Ranges
  24. 24. Walk, ride, drive or fly the Songline!
  25. 25. Take AwayTake Away The establishment of a Great Central Geotrail offers the potential of linking key geosites within the Flinders Ranges World Heritage Area Nomination with other outstanding geosites across Central South Australia, including the Kangaroo Island National Landscape Area.
  26. 26. Contact Details Ian.Lewis2@sa.gov.au angus@leisuresolutions.com.au http://www.leisuresolutions.com.au/index.php/geotourism-industry- groups/ GSA Geotourism PortalPorta: https://tinyurl.com/yb7yceyh

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