This book brings together a wealth of scientific findings andecological knowledge to survey what we have learned about the“Wet Tropics” rainforests of North Queensland,Australia. This interdisciplinary text is the first book to providesuch a holistic view of any tropical forest environment, includingthe social and economic dimensions. The most thorough assessment of a tropical forest landscape todate Explores significant scientific breakthroughs in areasincluding conservation genetics, vegetation modeling, agroforestryand revegetation techniques, biodiversity assessment and modeling,impacts of climate change, and the integration of science innatural resource management Research achieved, in part, due to the Cooperative ResearchCentre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management (theRainforest CRC) Written by a number of distinguished internationalexperts contains chapter summaries and section commentaries
Trails and routes have been indispensable to travel and tourism over the centuries, helping to form the basis of mobility patterns of the past and the present. This book is the first to comprehensively examine these tourism trails from a tourism and recreation perspective. This cutting-edge volume is global in scope and discusses a wide range of natural, cultural and developed linear resources for tourism and recreation. The book will be suitable for both researchers and students who are interested in cultural heritage-based tourism, recreation and leisure studies, landscape and change, human mobility, geography, environmental management, and broader interests in destination planning, development and management.
This book reports the results of research undertaken in relation to visitor impacts and visitor experiences associated with two long distance walking tracks within the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics region of North Queensland, Australia. Biophysical impacts were recorded along more than 50 kilometers of walking tracks using a range of rapid assessment methods. In addition in excess of 600 hikers were surveyed about their hiking experiences. This research found that a number of linkages exist between the quality of visitors experiences and the extent of impact upon the environment. Following analysis a number of site specific recommendations were made to protected area managers and the results of the work are now being used by conservation agencies to improve the management of long distance walking tracks within the Wet Tropics region.
Following are a few paragraphs from this inspiring and astonishingly detailed guide. The author, a native Australian, covers everything you might want to know about Queensland - guaranteed! The places to stay in every part of Queensland, from budget to luxury, rentals to B&Bs, the restaurants, from fast food to the highest quality, the beachwalks and bushwalks, the wildlife and how to see it, exploring the country by air, on water, by bike, and every other way. The immense state of Queensland nearly takes up Australia''s entire northeastern quadrant, stretching from halfway up the rough-chiseled east coast all the way to the middle of the Gulf of Carpentaria. With a landmass of 1,727,200 sq km, it''s the second-largest state after Western Australia, and it encompasses every environment imaginable. To the east, golden beaches and touristy surf towns are cloaked in thick swathes of rainforest, and fronted by palm-fringed islands in clear, azure bays. The verdant greenery runs right over the rugged Great Dividing Range, ending in high, windswept central plains and stark-red, dusty western deserts. This is Australia''s holiday state, with a Florida-style beach culture and more than 300 sunny days every year. There''s a ton to do for anyone and everyone, from just lazing on the sand to finding physical challenges galore. Hiking, watching wildlife, skydiving, and spelunking provide just a few tastes off the menu of grand land adventures, which are linked by scenic train and cable-car journeys, meandering back-road drives, and sprawling desert explorations. On the water, there are endless choices for sailing and kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, and diving along the coast and through the Great Barrier Reef. It''s the most popular vacation spot in the country because everything''s here: nature, culture, history, and adventure, all conveniently set upon a framework of modern towns and wrapped up in some of the world''s wildest environments. Brisbane, the state capital, sits 15 mi/25 km inland from the Pacific along the banks of the serpentine Brisbane River. It''s a perfectly modern city today, with glittering high-rise buildings and an abundance of green park areas, a surrounding of hilly suburbs, and a wealth of adventure opportunities. To the south, the Gold Coast continues in a line of hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches; to the north, the Sunshine Coast is equally touristy, but more refined. Small coastal towns like Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, and Rockhampton are major sightseeing spots and exit points to Queensland''s famous offshore islands. Rockhampton, at the Tropic of Capricorn, roughly ends the southern third of Queensland, the region covered by this chapter. Head west of the coast from Brisbane to Rockhampton, and you''ll find the scenic tropical forests covering the Great Dividing Range. Keep going, and you''ll hit the gemfields, full of gold, rubies, sapphires, and other goodies. Past here, you''re into the red Outback deserts. If there''s one thing about Queensland, you''ll never be bored for lack of new things to see or new adventures to try OCo and if you can choose just one destination in Australia, this power-packed state will give you the most for your money and time. The Land: Queensland may be massive, but its very different environments can be neatly divided into a half-dozen unique sectors which together hold some 3cents-million citizens. Although the state is so big it''s been broken into three separate regions for this book, a general rundown of the varying outdoor scenes is covered here. You''ll find a more detailed look at the land, flora, and fauna of the central and northern areas in the two following chapters. The coast, of course, is the primary focus of most visitors to Queensland, a landscape laced with clean white beaches, sparkling blue bays, and perfect, rolling surflines often punctuated by high, rocky outcrops and dizzying cliffs."
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This comprehensive guide to Australia's most diverse state has all the information you need to discover its delights, from the islands of the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged outback, and from the kitsch spendour of the Gold Coast to the remote wilderness of Cape York.
The Rough Guide Snapshot to Coastal Queensland is the ultimate travel guide to this dazzling part of Australia. It guides you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, whether you're diving the Great Barrier Reef or sailing the Whitsundays, chilling out on Fraser Island or living it up on the Gold Coast. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible, whether passing through, staying for a few days or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Australia, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around Australia, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, entry requirements and outdoor activities. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Australia. Full coverage: Brisbane, the Moreton Bay islands, the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Tomborine Mountain, Springbrook and Lamington national parks, the Sunshine Coast including Noosa, the Fraser Coast including Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, the Southern Reef including Bundaberg and the Great Barrier Reef, Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast, Mackay, the Whitsundays, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands, the Daintree, the Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands. (Equivalent printed page extent 170 pages).
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