The Tourism Industry appears to be assuming control over our wilderness, all in the name of Luxury Ecotourism and the money grab this form of tourism offers. This take-over is fueling unnecessary development in sensitive areas, exposing inadequate infrastructure, placing inexperienced visitors at risk, creating a rental crisis and changing the nature of small communities. Our national parks are bombarded with development proposals that threaten to destroy what is so wonderful about them.
Our wilderness areas are beautiful, natural and often isolated which allow visitors to switch off from the world, and that’s what attracts people. If you want luxury accommodation then stay in the many well appointed accommodation outlets scattered around our wonderful country and leave the wilderness to those who want to escape from all of that.
Land managers should take responsibility and dump these unnecessary developments as expensive and damaging waste of public resources. We should be playing to our advantage, and promote Australia as somewhere you can travel through, staying at wonderful wineries, B&Bs and charming hotels, and experience any of the many hundreds of great walks our natural areas offer.
That would be better for tourism, better for the health of Australians, and better for our remarkable but very vulnerable national wilderness.