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Sydney Harbour joins National Landscapes
Sydney Harbour bridge | Jon Harris photography
19 February 2013
The waterways and bushland of Sydney Harbour today became Australia’s 16th National Landscape, opening the way to a global marketing push.
Just minutes from the vibrant centre of a great international city, the Sydney Harbour National Landscape stretches across 1,000 square kilometres of beaches and rivers, islands and bushland. It reaches from Royal National Park in the south to Barrenjoey Headland in the north and west to Parramatta Park, taking in the Georges, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers.
Wet Tropics amongst 'best of nature'
The Wet Tropics | Tourism Australia
8 August 2012
The Wet Tropics has been recognised as one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations, with the region today announced as Australia’s 14th National Landscape. The move has been driven by small tourism businesses and conservationists from Daintree to Townsville, seeking to deliver a sustainable and vibrant future for the region. Australia’s National Landscapes Program identifies Australia’s best nature destinations, helps locals refocus and refine what they’re offering visitors, and then markets that natural competitive advantage to the world. It is led by a partnership between Tourism Australia and Parks Australia.
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Updated Experience Development Strategies Guidelines
24 May 2012
The Experience Development Strategy, Guidelines for Steering Committees has been updated to include practical advice drawn from recent experiences in the National Landscapes Program. The Guidelines now contain an easy-to-use checklist of essential EDS requirements, templates for an annual implementation plan and appointing a consultant, as well as ideas for managing the project.
Aboriginal ranger with visitors | Booderee National Park
Indigenous tourism conference
27 March 2012
The who's who of Indigenous tourism is gathering in Darwin this week for the first Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference. A diverse line up of speakers will share insights into some of the trends, opportunities and challenges facing Indigenous tourism.
Keep an eye out for Peter Cochrane, Director of National Parks - he'll be speaking about the tourism approach at three jointly management national parks - Kakadu, Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Booderee on the NSW south coast.
The changing face of reef tourism
2 March 2012
A change is underway for tourism in the Great Barrier Reef, with the region today becoming Australia's newest National Landscape.
The National Landscapes program identifies 'the best of nature' in Australia, helping locals get to the crux of what they can offer visitors and then marketing that unique offer to the world.