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Geotourism in Western Australia by Alan Briggs

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An update of geotourism developments in Western Australia presented at SEGRA 2016, Albany, WA

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Geotourism in Western Australia by Alan Briggs

  1. 1. 1 Geotourism in Western Australia Alan Briggs – Murdoch University Geoscience and Society Monday 27 June 2016
  2. 2. 2 Contents of Presentation 1. Introduction 2. Geotourism 3. Geotourism in WA Wave Rock Western Australia
  3. 3. 3 Three Global Geotourism Books 2006 2010 2010
  4. 4. 4 2008 - Australia 2010 - Malaysia 2011 – Oman Three Global Conferences
  5. 5. 5 WA Books Geology Guides DPaWs Bush Books
  6. 6. 6
  7. 7. 7 Geotourism  Geotourism is the tourism of geology and landforms  Its focus is on the Abiotic environment, ie: geology  It uses this focus to inform the Biotic environment (plants & animals) as well the Cultural environment (people past & present)  It can occur in either natural or built environments Horizontal Falls Western Australia
  8. 8. 8 The Environment ‘ABC’ elements Type of Tourism Abiotic Landforms Landscapes Geotourism Biotic Animals (Fauna) Plants (Flora) Ecotourism Cultural People Past & Present Cultural Tourism The Environment and Tourism
  9. 9. 9 3. Appropriate InterpretationInterpretation Form Process Time
  10. 10. 10 Form Process Tourism’s Features Geology’s Features Wave Rock Western Australia Time
  11. 11. 11 Geotourism in WA Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park
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  13. 13. 13 Purnululu
  14. 14. 14 Raft Point, Kimberley
  15. 15. 15 King George Sound
  16. 16. 16 Mitchell Falls
  17. 17. 17 Cockburn Range, El Questro
  18. 18. 18 Pilbara, WA Discovery Drive Trail
  19. 19. 19 Ningaloo Reef
  20. 20. 20 Mt Augustus
  21. 21. 21
  22. 22. 22 Shark Bay, Western Australia Photo from International Space Station Dirk Hartog Island
  23. 23. 23  Stromatolites Shell Beach, Shark Bay
  24. 24. 24 Francois Peron National Park Shark Bay World Heritage Region
  25. 25. 25 Nature’s Window, KalbarriNature’s Window, Kalbari
  26. 26. 26 Sky Walk, Kalbari
  27. 27. 27 The Pinnacles
  28. 28. 28 Wave Rock
  29. 29. 29 Cape to Cape Walk A 135 km walk along a rugged coastline
  30. 30. 30 Canal Rocks, SW WA
  31. 31. 31
  32. 32. 32
  33. 33. 33
  34. 34. 34
  35. 35. 35 Cultural Connection begins in the carpark
  36. 36. 36 Stirling Ranges, SW WA
  37. 37. 37 Bluff Knoll
  38. 38. 38
  39. 39. 39 Castle Rock
  40. 40. 40 The Gap, Albany
  41. 41. 41 Esperance
  42. 42. 42 Perth – Urban Walk Trails
  43. 43. 43 Perth – Proposed Hills Walk Trail
  44. 44. 44 Conclusions  Geotourism is a rapidly growing form of sustainable tourism development  Its growth is predicated on fostering geo-conservation, community well- being and local economic benefits  It has direct application in Western Australia due to our ancient geology, diverse landscapes and tourism potential
  45. 45. 45 Geotourism in Western Australia Alan Briggs – Murdoch University Geoscience and Society Monday 27 June 2016 THE END

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