Guiding rangelands tourism potential
Tourism Western Australia has produced a useful publication to guide tourism development on WA’s rangelands.
The rangelands cover around 87 per cent of the State’s land mass, and 75 per cent of its coastline. They stretch from the coast of Shark Bay in the west, up to the Pilbara and Kimberley in the north, across to the deserts (to the Northern Territory border in the east) and down to Norseman and the Nullarbor coast in the south.
Many of the State’s iconic landscapes and attractions are located within these areas, which draw visitors from all around the world. The rangelands include a diverse group of relatively undisturbed ecosystems such as tropical savannahs, woodlands, shrub lands and grasslands.
Land tenure within this area comprises pastoral leases, freehold, unallocated Crown Land, National Parks, Conservation Reserves, Special Purpose Leases and Aboriginal Reserves and mining leases.
A number of tourism experiences including accommodation, tours and activities already operate within this environment, however the size of our State and seasonality issues present challenges for existing and prospective tourism businesses.
Tourism Development in the Rangelands of WA covers gaps in product, challenges and potential opportunities for development. It also focuses on sustainable tourism development, provides case studies, as well as information and links to other useful resources.
The brochure can be downloaded here: Tourism Development in the Rangelands of WA.