Tourists in the north Kimberley
A NEW report in remote area tourism, Independent Travellers
in the North Kimberley: Benefits, Impacts and Management
Challenges , is the outcome of research undertaken by the
Tropical Savannas CRC. It complements two preceding studies, by
Yuco Consultants (2003) on community impacts of tourism in the
Kimberley and by Greiner and Larson (2004) on the relationship
between landowners and tour operators in the Kimberley.
This new report identifies tourists to the north Kimberley as
adventure travellers, primarily domestic and usually self-drive, or
independent travellers. While the adventure tourist provides
important economic opportunities for businesses and
communities in the region, they are also perceived as the
major contributor to problems arising from tourism.
However, unlike tourism in the Gulf of Carpentaria the negative
impacts on communities and the environment in the north Kimberley
was relatively small.
The region is seen as an adventurous destination, with the prime
motivation to experience the landscape of the Kimberley, along with
its remoteness and wilderness. The second motivation is to drive
the Gibb River Road, which includes the promise of a four-wheel
drive experience. Nearly all of the tourists who responded to the
survey were overwhelmingly satisfied with their experience of the
north Kimberley. The authors note that the future of tourism in the
region depends on its sustainability and maintenance of the natural
A fourth report, Benefits and costs for tourism: Carpentaria
Shire, Gulf of Carpentaria , is also available online.
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