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Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

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This report is one in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use. The purpose of the field testing was to assess the utility of each method in terms of:ability to characterise track conditions and develop comprehensive track profilesease of application and staff time needed to apply each method potential to be used for long term monitoring and/or large scale detailed track inventories based on the consistency of the result obtained by different crews.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Comparison of Condition Class, Point Sampling and Track Problem Assessment Methods in Assessing the Condition of Walking Tracks in New South Wales Protected Areas

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas.  In this manual three methods (including indicators, protocols and proformas) are presented for surveying and monitoring walking tracks based on a desktop evaluation of methods used overseas and in Australia  and field testing of methods by researchers.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Manual for Assessing Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

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This report attempts to provide an indicative estimate of the size and scope of cycle tourism in Australia. First, the report outlines the key facilitators of cycle tourism before outlining the market segments that can be considered part of cycle tourism, and provides an analysis of the size and scale of cycle tourism internationally. The report then outlines the potential economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia based on previous international research. The report then outlines the potential size and scope of market segments from published and unpublished data gathered from tour operators, event organisers, cycling organisations and industry associations. It ends with a conclusion and recommendations. It should be noted that this report was undertaken under a short timeframe and therefore there may be some gaps in the data and information presented.

by Pam Faulks, Brent Ritchie, and Martin Fluker
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A network research project was undertaken to analyse cycle tourist travel propensity, motivations, travel behaviour, preferred destination attributes and cyclists’ perceptions of South Australia as a cycle tourism destination. The purpose of the project was to assist the South Australian Tourism Commission to better understand the cycle tourism market and the potential degree of fit with South Australian destination marketing and development.
by Pam Faulks, Brent Ritchie, Graham Brown and Sue Beeton

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This desktop project aimed to draw attention to the various factors associated with track usage and visitor experience in national parks. The results will help to inform park managers how best to develop a strategic position on tracks and trails based on visitor experiences.

by Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg, Simone Grabowski and Kirsty Tumes

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Understanding Track/Trail Experiences in National Parks: A Review

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Off-road driving, horseriding, rock climbing and similar activities can be lucrative for tour operators and important for local recreational groups, but contentious for management of national parks and protected areas, both because of safety and liability and because of potentially high environmental impacts. This report examines management strategies for these activities worldwide and in Australia. Suggestions for best management practice and future research agendas are set.

by Carl Cater, Ralf Buckley, Robert Hales, David Newsome, Catherine Pickering and Amanda Smith

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