Australia plays host to some of the worlds greatest tourist attractions, from the wet tropical rainforests, the soft yellow coastal sands and to the hot arid desert, Australia has it all
Tourists travel from all over the world to experience the wonder of Down Under. Now Australia doesn't have just one tourist attraction it is widely spread all over the country, from horizon to horizon
Tourism is referred to in many different ways, Some tourists are called holiday makers, business travellers and those that visit friends or relatives. Day trippers have also been included.
In recent years a lot of people have been promoting tourism, because we've realised that Australia is a beautiful place and almost everyone loves it.
Known as the 'lucky country' Australia is getting bigger each year. Australia has a natural beauty that is becoming a trade name. The open spaces and pleasant climate are becoming attractive to overseas tourists. Some say it is the Australians 'easy going' personality.
Effort has been put in recently to get Australians to travel their own country. The range of locations and activities in Australia are endless. There is now an incredible amount of attention being paid to nature oriented tourism. Tourism seems to be a great future for Australia, it's creating jobs and big business and looks as if it will be around for a while.
Tourism is a big part of the Australian economy, tourism creates jobs and generates income and capital investment. In 1987/88 the expenditure from residents and international tourists was estimated to be over $25 million. This represented 6 per cent of the gross domestic product.
At the moment there are about 430 000 jobs in Australia that were created because of the tourist industry. This number is about 6 per cent of the total workforce.
The main proportion of tourist activity in Australia is Australians themselves, but international tourists are becoming more important
There are a lot of different ways that tourism works, even that trip to a friend or relatives place is counted. Overnight trips and business trips are also included in the tourist industry. Day trips are excluded from the above.
In 1986 there were 1 429 400 overseas tourists that visited Australia.
Tourism also includes domestic tourism, families making trips interstate or one or two night trips. Most of the domestic tourism happen in the tourists own state.
Environment and Activity
Most tourists enjoy outdoor activity, bushwalking, picnicking, sightseeing. The environments range from natural, beaches, rivers, mountains and deserts.
Most major activities that happen in the natural environment are swimming, fishing, camping and caravanning.
A lot of tourists enjoy the Australian environment because of it's wide open spaces.
Each state has it's own special place,
Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropics, Lamington National Park, Joolah National Park, Narinda Tea Farm,
New South Wales
Blue Mountains, Sandstone Cliffs, Port Jackson, Ellenborough Falls, Murray River, Illawarra
Bells Beach, Luna Park, M.C.G, Island Arch,
Yorke Peninsula, Spencer Gulf, Barossa Valley, Flinders National Park
Kakadu National Park, Ayres Rock or Uluru, Witternoon and Hamesly Gorge
Kelly's Knob, Pinnacles, Wave Rock, Jewel Cave, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra,
Tasman Arch, The Devils Kitchen,
By Andreas Elms
R. Ritchie, Australian Geography: Current Issue McGraw-Hill Book Company, Australia, Pages 80 - 83.
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Picture from The Down Under Collection Delux, New Horizons, Armidale, Australia, 1995.