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‘Geotourism in the Scenic Rim and the National Geotourism Strategy (NGS)’

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Wildlife Tourism in the Scenic Rim Workshop, 6th December 2019:
Key Takeaways:
* A national geotourism strategy will provide a framework to enhance the quality and scope of experiences in the Scenic Rim.
* Geotours must offer a variety of experiences for travellers to succeed as a tourism product.
* Availability of augmented and virtual reality tools supported by quality interpretative signage would enhance greatly the visitor experience .
* The recent bush fires in the Scenic Rim have reinforced the value of geotourism as a means of raising awareness of Climate Change issues – a key UNESCO Global Geopark discussion topic.

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‘Geotourism in the Scenic Rim and the National Geotourism Strategy (NGS)’

  1. 1. ‘Geotourism in the Scenic Rim and the National Geotourism Strategy (NGS)’ Wildlife Tourism in the Scenic Rim Workshop 6th December 2019 Angus M Robinson, NGS Coordinator Australian Geoscience Council
  2. 2. Ecotourism & Geotourism Concepts  Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing protected natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.  But ecotourism per se is too narrowly defined and is increasingly seen as a niche market.  However 'geotourism is holistic, nature-based and cultural tourism that focuses on an area's geology & landscape as the platform for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment'.
  3. 3. Geotourism comprises the following features of both natural and cultural heritage:  Abiotic – non-living aspects such as the sky, climate, landscape and landforms, geology and soils: inclusive of GEODIVERSITY.  Biotic – the living parts eg. fauna (animals) and flora (plants): BIODIVERSITY.  Cultural – past & present, indigenous and post European settlement, non-living and built. Holistic in scope, geotourism is booming globally and a key driver for tourism, particularly in Europe and Asia. Source: Professor Ross Dowling
  4. 4. ‘Place Based’ Geotourism incorporating all types of ‘nature-based’ tourism Astrotourism Cuisine Agritourism Indigenous Tourism Heritage Tourism Cultural Tourism ECOTOURISM Geotourism i.e. ‘experiential tourism’
  5. 5. Australia’s National Landscapes Programme Partnership between Tourism Australia and Parks Australia that aimed to:  Promote world class, high quality visitor experiences  Increase the value of tourism to regional economies  Enhance the role of protected areas in those economies  Build support for protecting our natural and cultural assets  Engage local communities The Green Cauldron (inc the Scenic Rim) was one of 16 designated Australian National Landscapes ‘To differentiate Australia’s iconic natural and cultural destinations from anything else available in the world’
  6. 6. Australia’s 16 National Landscapes
  7. 7. ‘Scenic Rim’– Green Cauldron National Landscape
  8. 8. Iconic Geotourism Themes of the Green Cauldron National Landscape and the Scenic Rim  A: Mount Warning shield volcano, and the Focal Peak and Main Range volcanic rocks of Cenozoic age. Some areas of sedimentary origin include parts of Mount Barney and eastern Lamington national parks; late Jurassic coal measures.  B: World Heritage subtropical rainforests of Lamington National Park including endemic fauna.  C: Indigenous culture; and post European settlement, principally current day agritourism related activities.
  9. 9. ‘Green Cauldron’ National Landscape Iconic ‘Scenic Rim’ Region Landforms
  10. 10. Some Geotourism Attributes of the Lamington National Park
  11. 11. Key Geotourism Resources of the Scenic Rim  A: Mt Barney, Mt Lindsay, other peaks and ranges.  B: Lamington, Mt Barney, and Moogerah Peaks National Parks, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Mt Barney, Binna Burra, O’Reillys and Spicers Resorts, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Araucaria Ecotours, Gondwana Guides.  C: Indigenous culture (????); and post European settlement – historic homesteads, villages (e.g. Templin), and current day towns (e.g Mt Tamborine, Boonah, Rathdowney etc) as well as vineyards and other agricultural pursuits; cultural activities. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
  12. 12. Templin Historic Village – Boonah, Scenic Rim
  13. 13. Australian Geoscience Council  The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is the peak Council of geoscientists in Australia representing nine major Australian geoscientific societies with a total membership of over 8,000 individuals.  Under the current 2015-2020 Strategic Plan of the AGC, and as a Geoscience advocacy opportunity, the AGC has decided to formulate a National Geotourism Strategy (NGS) to accommodate the orderly development of major geotourism projects and activities in line with overseas trends and domestic regional development imperatives.
  14. 14. National Geotourism Strategy – Discussion Topics 1. Geotourism as a means of celebrating geoheritage. 2. Enhanced coordination nationally of geoheritage listings. 3. Establishment of a national set of administrative procedures for ‘georegional’ assessment. 4. New geotrail development. 5. Geotourism to strengthen Australia’s international geoscience standing. 6. Training of geologists to improve communication skills for geosite interpretation. 7. Collaboration with providers of other areas of natural (bioregion) and cultural (particularly mining) heritage content.
  15. 15. ‘The Rock Doctor’ Dr John Jackson of the Scenic Rim
  16. 16. Take-Aways  A national geotourism strategy will provide a framework to enhance the quality and scope of experiences in the Scenic Rim.  Geotours must offer a variety of experiences for travellers to succeed as a tourism product.  Availability of augmented and virtual reality tools supported by quality interpretative signage would enhance greatly the visitor experience .  The recent bush fires in the Scenic Rim have reinforced the value of geotourism as a means of raising awareness of Climate Change issues – a key UNESCO Global Geopark discussion topic.
  17. 17. Contact Details angus@leisuresolutions.com.au Tel: 0418 488 340 https://www.slideshare.net/leisuresolutions http://www.leisuresolutions.com.au/index.php/geotourism-industry-groups/ Information about Australian Geotourism and Geopark Development Activities https://www.leisuresolutions.com.au/country_charm_scenic_rim/

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