National Geotourism Strategy and the Australian Geoscience Council Inc


In pursuit of its inclusion as a Geoscience advocacy opportunity under the current AGC 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the Australian Geoscience Council recently appointed Angus M Robinson FAusIMM (CP) to coordinate the process of developing a draft National Geotourism Strategy under the umbrella of the AGC Advocacy Sub-committee. Angus intends to co-opt various relevant expertise to help formulate this draft strategy, and will consult with relevant stakeholders such as Geoscience Australia and State/Territory Geological Surveys, and their representatives.

To accommodate the orderly development of major geotourism projects and activities in line with overseas trends and domestic regional development imperatives, the Australian Geoscience Council sees the development of a National Geotourism Strategy, to be developed as a staged, incremental approach, as being essential to gain government endorsement at all levels. 

At its AGM held on 4th April 2024, the AGC  approved a newly branded grouping within AGC to be known as Geotourism Australia, using the current structure and relationships within the AGC.The mission of Geotourism Australia is to continue the implementation of the NGS. 

Angus, a minerals exploration geologist by training, is an experienced executive, strategist and registered industry lobbyist with extensive recent experience in industry (mining, manufacturing and tourism) as well as professional society groupings. Prior to joining the AGC, he led the development of geotourism in Australia in a leadership role for the Geological Society of Australia, a role that he has now relinquished to focus on a National Geotourism Strategy

Understanding Geotourism in Australia NGS April 2023

In Australia, how do we advance geotourism, georegions, and geoparks through the National Geotourism Strategy?

AGCInformationBulletin, Geotourism, GeoRegions, Geotrails, and Geoparks, 12 April 2024

New Government Visitor Economy Strategy Embraces Geotourism and GeoRegions, Media Release, 7 April 2022

Australia’s South West Tourism Destination Management Plan, 28 February 2022

Destination Country and Outback NSW Destination, Management Planning and the National Geotourism Strategy, 1 May 2022

Submission, THRIVE 2030, Austrade, 21 December 2021

Submission, NT Parks 30 Year Masterplan, 8 October 2021

National Geotourism Strategy – Media Release, 7 April 2021


National Geotourism Strategy – Approved Strategic Goals

AusIMM Support for National Geotourism Strategy

The National Geotourism Strategy and the GSA, June 2021

For a one minute video overview

AGCInformationBulletin_7 June 2023: Geotourism, GeoRegions, Geoparks and Geotrails

Submission to Austrade, Reimagining the Visitor Economy, 11 June 2021

Further Submission to Austrade, THRIVE 2030, 21 December 2021

Submission to the Senate Select Committee into Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas

Response to the Northern Territory Parks Masterplan 2022-52 Consultation Paper, October 2021

Geoscience tourism to help with a geoscience malady?, Dr Jon Hronsky OAM, December 2021

New England North West Regional Plan 2041, Submission by the AGC, January 2022

THRIVE 2030 Tourism Strategy, March 2022

THRIVE 2030 Tourism Strategy Action Plan, March 2022

National Rock Garden, May 2022

Thrive 2030 – Report from AGC President, June 2022

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area draft Master Plan of Management, June 2022

Tourism 2030 Strategy for the ACT,  AGC Submission, August 2022

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT), through its Trade Subcommittee: Inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors, AGC Submission, December 2022

Australia-Indonesia MOU, media release, 6 June 2023

Proposal for a National Framework for the Listing of Geoheritage Sites Suitable for Geotourism by the National Geotourism Strategy Working Group 4, 28 November 2023



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