Nature-based tourism discussion

You can get involved in the Nature-based Tourism Action Plan discussion.

There are ten actions for you to consider in the draft Nature-based Tourism Action Plan (PDF, 473KB) that you can provide feedback on: 

  • creating outstanding tourism experiences
  • opening up new opportunities for private sector investment in parks
  • case-managing new tourism proposals
  • ensuring business are supported by an enabling policy environment
  • raising awareness of South Australia’s unique appeal
  • streamlining administration, licensing and accreditation
  • hosting a nature-based tourism summit
  • creating an industry advocacy group
  • empowering and building the capacity of community-based tourism networks
  • establishing a ‘whole of government’ leadership task force.

What actions would you take to improve nature-based tourism?

Comments closed

Marie-Christine Lamy

26 Oct 2015

I believe the draft is well-presented and represent most of the actions that need to be undertaken in South Australia. However, it seems to be primarily focus on "regional" nature-based tourism. Has consideration been given to nature-based opportunities close to the Adelaide CBD?

Tony Smith

25 Oct 2015

Creating outstanding new tourism experiences is what the Nature Based Action Plan is all about. Most International Visitors see Australia as a remote destination that is time consuming and expensive to visit. The things that we do have that are unique are our environment and our wildlife. This is what we should be promoting as the principal reason for International Visitors to come to Australia. Tourism Australia are promoting 'Restaurant Australia' and now 'Aquatic and Coastal' as the main reasons to come to Australia.
Nature Based Tourism will eventually be recognised as the most important drawcard that Australia has - we need to get moving in South Australia to make sure we are leading the charge.

Margaret Price

23 Oct 2015

By "nature-based tourism" I assume we mean what others call ecotourism defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."
I think there's great potential for more of this in SA but it needs to be affordable.
I recently completed a 1 week, centre based small group walking tour in northern Spain. From what I can see on the internet, I could have had a similar holiday in the southern Flinders Rangers for twice the cost.

Tiffany Schultz

20 Oct 2015

Whilst it is good to develop appreciation of our natural environments both inside and outside SA and support sustainable SA businesses, what seems to be missing from this strategy (as indicated by its absence in the list above) is discussion of how to do this whilst protecting the 'assets' that are being capitalised upon. That is protecting biodiversity, parks and natural landscapes from both pressures of developments, threats and Nature-based Tourism. The areas, parks etc. that protect our most valuable biodiversity are already small, sensitive and vulnerable in a landscape context. This strategy needs to be very mindful of the areas it is trying to increase tourism in, how it is done etc. Access Management systems - such as licencinfg need to allow access to the general public not just to those on ecotours with something to gain. Ultimately nature is not owned by any one - including the government or their licences so needs to be protected and managed for all to enjoy.

For e.g. in the case of migratory shorebirds, the Eastern Curlew is disturbed by the presence of humans or dogs up to 125m away. Disturbance compromises its feeding regime which it relies on to fly thousands of kilometres back to feeding grounds. There needs to be areas where the public is not allow during breeding seasons or at all in the case of sensitive habitats/ ecosystems/ species. I would like to see this integrated and discussed as part of this push.

Andrew Coulson

02 Oct 2015

A great and exciting opportunity for SA. As long as unique, continues to protect the already fragile environment and nature as well as promotes and understand local concerns and opportunities this will certainly offer a boost to the future of SAs tourism trade and subsequently its economy.

Marc O'Conaill

29 Sep 2015

Hi, I provided feedback previously around the pressure already on volunteer environmental groups working in these parks. We have had our available grants from DEWNR cut and yet I see little if any comment about where this new revenue will be spent. Can we see increased investment in biodiversity conservation or better support for volunteers? Biodiversity conservation is why these parks exist, plain and simple.