Geotales & geotrails - celebrating Earth Science Week!

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Newcastle Museum

6 Workshop Way

Newcastle, NSW 2300

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This year’s theme for Earth Science Week is Geoscience is for Everyone, so this free event will explore the work being done to showcase geoscience to the broader community through geotourism.

We will hear about different aspects of geotourism from these speakers:

  • Phil Gilmore (Geological Survey of NSW) will give a brief overview of GSA’s role and national plans in geoheritage and
    geotourism
  • Guy Fleming and Simone Meakin (Geological Survey of NSW) will discuss current NSW initiatives
  • Ron Boyd (University of Newcastle) will discuss the geotrails at Port Macquarie and Newcastle.

Geotourism focuses on an area's geology and landscape as the basis for visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment. One way to experience a journey linked by an area's geological features is through geotrails. They are relatively easy to establish and a cost-effective means of supporting regional growth, with minimal impact on land management issues. Featuring walking tracks and driving routes, lookouts, points of interest, and supporting information, they encourage an appreciation of our natural environment.

Geotourism initiatives are collaborative, typically involving the Geological Survey of NSW, Geological Society of Australia, universities, local councils, schools, museums, libraries, other government agencies, amateur geology clubs, indigenous groups, historical societies, tourism offices and local science hubs. The Australian Geoscience Council is developing a National Geotourism Strategy in response to the boom in such projects.

Recent successful collaborative projects include the Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail, which opened in May 2018. Supporting signage, brochures and a free NSWGeoTours app have been developed. The location-aware mobile phone app offers a great opportunity to interact directly with the site information. Work is underway to develop several more collaborative geotrails, including far western NSW also, to attract visitors to struggling regional areas and thereby support their businesses.

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Newcastle Museum

6 Workshop Way

Newcastle, NSW 2300

Australia

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