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Kangaroo Island tourism operators reject levy plan
Added: 2009-10-12 19:38:12


Source: ABC News

Kangaroo Island Council had proposed a levy to help meet fast-rising costs such as road maintenance. However, Tourism Kangaroo Island has decided it will not support any tourist levy for the Island.

Photo by Anthony Gerace, ABC News
Second dinosaur museum in Queensland, Australia
Added: 2009-09-19 22:25:14


South-west Queensland is now hoping to open a centre to showcase the region's fossil finds to tourists.

A multi-million dollar dinosaur museum is already under construction at Winton in the state's central west. But now a locally-driven group called the Outback Gondwana Foundation is hoping to build a $1.5 million facility near Eromanga, west of Quilpie, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au)

Many dinosaur bones are still waiting to be discovered. Photo from australiangeographic.com.au
Jenolan Cave near Sydney reopens after revamp
Added: 2009-09-19 22:00:01


A 340 million-year-old cave at Jenolan reopened on 20th of August after a $500,000 upgrade, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au)

The Jenolan Caves are an example of remarkable caverns in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia; 175 kilometres west of Sydney. They are the most celebrated of several similar groups in the limestone of the country being the oldest discovered open caves in the world.

Photo by Sylvia Wu, http://www.flickr.com/photos/7347585@N05/
Upgrading Stanley Nut
Added: 2009-09-19 21:49:39


Australian State Government will spend close to $300 000 upgrading tracks and lookouts at the Stanley Nut on Tasmania's north-west coast, reports ABC News (www.abc.net.au).

The Nut, an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, who officially named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track.

Tourists regularly travel to Highfield (a farming region on the north west of the township) to view the picturesque northern beaches with The Nut in the background.

Town of Stanley and The Nut. Photo of hazelz19 of outdoors.webshots.com.
Climate Change Action for Saving Great Barrier Reef
Added: 2009-09-03 18:45:09


Expected changes in global climate pose threats to coral reefs in several ways. More frequent storms will increasingly cause physical damage to coral reefs. Increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will reduce the ability of corals to build their calcium carbonate skeletons. Higher water temperatures are likely to increase the incidence of coral diseases and temperature increases of only 1 to 1.5˚C above the long-term average can cause mass coral bleaching.

Authorities of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park published their guidelines for marine tourism operators in order to improve awareness of the ecological problems related to climate change and tourism practices. By re-posting the article we hope that our readers would know what is recommended way of organizing tours around the Great Barrier Reef and then support the most responsible operators.

Photo from worldswonders.net