Significance of Geology and Landscape in Natural Heritage – Historical Perspectives

“Geology teaches us that the surface of land and the distribution of land and water is everywhere slowly changing.  It further teaches us that the forms of life which inhabit that surface have, during every period of which we possess any record, been also slowly changing.” Alfred Russel Wallace  The Malay Archipelago. p 21 Oxford Press, 1869.

“Everyone interested in countryside, 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”. A.E. Trueman, Professor of Geology, Glascow University, 1938.

What is Geotourism?

Geotourism is tourism which focuses on geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning, and enjoyment.

The Principles of Geotourism – Chen, Lu and Ng

Geotourism – A Tourism Growth Opportunity for Regional Australia

ABC Radio, Warrumbungles Global Geopark Proposal, July 2016

Geotourism Continues to Grow in Australia (The AusIMM Bulletin, March 2015)

The Geological Wonders of Central Australia (ABC Science Show, 11 July 2015)

Geotourism, Geotrails and Geoparks Explained (The AusIMM Bulletin, February 2016)

Inspiring a New Generation – IUCN World Parks Congress, November 2014

Marketing Geotourism Sustainably

Who is a Geotourist?

What is  a Geotourist ? – Open Forum

Small Geotourism 10 Point Checklist – FACET

Geotourism – Destination Stewardship Center, USA

Australian National Landscapes – Reference Materials

Global Best Practice Geotrail – North-west Scotland

Geotourism Standing Committee of the Geological Society of Australia

Link to the GSA Geotourism Portal

The Australian Geologist, March 2015

2014-2015 Annual Report, Geotourism Standing Committee

The Australian Geologist, June 2015

The Australian Geologist, December 2015

The Australian Geologist, March 2016

The Australian Geologist, June 2016

The Australian Geologist, September 2016

The Australian Geologist, December 2016

The Australian Geologist, March 2017

AIG News, March 2017- feature on Geotourism (pp 34-35)

AESC 2016 Outcomes, GEOZ 131, July 2016

Geotourismexplained_16May2017

2015-2016 Annual Report, Geotourism Standing Committee

Australia’s ‘Big Red’ Centre, GeoExPro, Vol 13, No 2 -2016

A Wonderful Wild Wilderness, the Kimberleys, GeoExpro.Vol 14, No 2-2017

Potential for a UNESCO Global Geopark, Orana Region, NSW

UNESCO Global Geoparks

GEO ExPro and UNESCO Global Geoparks

The Australian Geologist, Reg Sprigg Nomination

Report -Global Geoparks Network Conference, English Riviera, September 2016

Etheridge Geotourism and the Pre-Aspiring Etheridge UNESCO Global Geopark

Geotourism Forum of Ecotourism Australia Ltd

http://www.ecotourism.org.au/membership/become-a-member/geotourism-forum/

Join LinkedIn Discussion Group – Australian Geotourism Development

Geotourism – Ecotourism Australia Update – 21 April 2017

Geotourism Exemplars in Australia

Undara Lava Tubes and other Geotourism Highlights, Far North Queensland (Australian Geographic) 

Sapphire Coast, Australia’s Coastal Wilderness, NSW: Geo-heritage journey and geo-trails

Cartoscope’s Geotourism Map of NSW

  • Cartoscope has advised (16 March 2015) that the company is currently gathering material to enable a second edition to be published later this year (2017). Inquiries can be placed with Lea Turner and Sponsorship Opportunities can be directed to David Robson 
  • ABC Statewide Broadcast, April 2013
  • Feedback received from travellers (23 March 2015): 
  • “I’ve just returned to Sydney after a trip with my wife down the NSW south coast.  we came across your geological guide on the internet by accident, and subsequently got one of your maps with the geological info included.
    we want to congratulate you for this excellent initiative, which has really made the fascinating geology of this part of the world more accessible.  Neither of us are geologists or scientists, and we have often lamented our lack of understanding when looking at some of the amazing landforms we see on our travels.  your maps were of great assistance.  it was interesting to see that at several of the sites listed, there were other people looking for or at the formations – something we have not noticed before, and i suspect that it is thanks to your maps.

    We hope that this is something you will be able to extend to other areas as well, and are looking forward to our next expedition”

Kanawinka Geopark, Victoria/South Australia

Proposed Cradlecoast GeoTrail, Tasmania and the West Coast (Living Earth) Geotrail and Tarkine Drive Interpretive Signage

Out of Sight Tours, Great South West Edge, Western Australia

Flinders Ranges National Landscape Tours, South Australia

Dig The Tropic Geo-Tourism Trail

Modern Mining Trail, New South Wales

Gold Trails, West Wyalong, New South Wales

Golden Heritage Pipeline Trail, Western Australia

Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park, Victoria

Hill End Historical Site, New South Wales

Jenolan Caves, New South Wales

Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk, Ulladulla, New South Wales

Illawarra Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Trail, New South Wales, the Illawarra Branch of The AusIMM and AusIMM Bulletin Article

Kalbarri National Park Skywalks, Murchison Region, Western Australia

Hunter Valley Geotourism Opportunity, New South Wales

Geotourism Brochures, Newcastle and Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Geological Time Walk, Ulladulla, New South Wales

Proposed Hunter Valley National Mining Park, New South Wales

Geotourism in Western Australia – Department of Mines and Petroleum Links

GeoTreat and National Landscapes

GeoTreat: Google Play Download  or  Iphone Download

Geotourism Brisbane App  and Brisbane Launch, 27th May 2015  and Facebook Page

Everythere-for-attractions Smart Phone Application

Potential Kangaroo Island Geotrail – Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, South Australia

Potential Red Centre Geotrail – Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

Potential Brisbane Valley Rail Geotrail, SE Queensland

Potential Australian Rail Geotrails and Five Best Rail Trails in Australia

Treasures of Etheridge Shire, North Queensland

Potential Old Hume Highway 31 Geotrail, New South Wales

Geotourism Events, 2016

GLOBAL ECO 2016, Hobart, 23 November 2016

SEGRA 2016, Albany WA, 25-27 October 2016

7th Global Geoparks Network Conference, UK, 27- 30 September 2016

Australian Earth Sciences Convention, Adelaide, 27 June 2016

Geotourism Events, 2015

Global Eco 2015 Geotourism Workshop, Rottnest Island, WA, 19 November 2015

SEGRA 2015 Geotourism Workshop, Bathurst NSW, 22 October. 2015

Geotourism Policy Imperatives

Geotourism Forum of Ecotourism Australia, Geotourism Policy

Geotourism, Geotrails and Geoparks, Chief Govt Geologists Committee_2017 briefing

Challenges Facing Geotourism Development in Australia

Early work on geotourism in Australia (compilation by A/Professor Bernie Joyce)

FINAL Robinson & Percival Symposium foreword

Geotourism development in Australia: the need for prototypes (Jaap Spee)

Proposed Criteria for Identifying & Assessing Geoparks

Pre-Aspiring Warrumbungles UNESCO Global Geopark Flyer

Economic Value of Tourism to Australia – Reference Materials

Who are Geotourists?

Potential Geotourists An Australian Case Study

Modern Day Explorers – Reflection of Chillagoe, Qld in the 1970s

Geotourism in the Greater China Region

CH 13 – Taiwan Volcanic Tourism 

Geoparks and China

Promoting Australia-China Relationships Through Geoparks

The Principles of Geotourism – Chen, Lu and Ng

Geoparks: A Global Approach to Promote Sustainable Tourism for Local Communities – Dr Young Ng

Memorandum of Cooperation on Geotourism between The Geological Society of China and The Geological Society of Australia Inc., 27th June 2016

Geotourism in South Africa

Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail Development