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Wildlife Tourism in the Scenic Rim Workshop, 6th December 2019:
* 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.
‘Geotourism in the Scenic Rim and the National Geotourism Strategy (NGS)’
‘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
Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable
tourism with a primary focus on
experiencing protected natural areas
that fosters environmental and
cultural understanding, appreciation
But ecotourism per se is too narrowly
defined and is increasingly seen as a
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'.
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
Holistic in scope, geotourism is booming
globally and a key driver for tourism,
particularly in Europe and Asia.
Source: Professor Ross Dowling
‘Place Based’ Geotourism incorporating
all types of ‘nature-based’ tourism
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
‘To differentiate Australia’s iconic natural
and cultural destinations from anything else
available in the world’
‘Scenic Rim’– Green Cauldron National Landscape
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
‘Green Cauldron’ National Landscape
Iconic ‘Scenic Rim’ Region Landforms
Some Geotourism Attributes of the Lamington National Park
Key Geotourism Resources of the Scenic Rim
A: Mt Barney, Mt Lindsay, other peaks
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;
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
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
1. Geotourism as a means of celebrating
2. Enhanced coordination nationally of
3. Establishment of a national set of
administrative procedures for
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.
‘The Rock Doctor’
Dr John Jackson of the Scenic Rim
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
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.
Tel: 0418 488 340
Information about Australian Geotourism and Geopark Development Activities