'True camping': is there a place for it?

Winter, Caroline (2005) 'True camping': is there a place for it? In: CAUTHE 2005: Sharing Tourism Knowledge , 1-5 Feb 2005, Alice Springs, Australia.

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Abstract

Hogwash Bend is an area of about 200 hectares on the Murray River in South Australia. The main natural attractions at the site include a large sandbar of white sand, shallow water and mature river red gums providing shade along the bank. There are no facilities at the site and the area has been used for recreation and camping for up to thirty years. It is apparent that visitation over the past five years has begun to increase and the biological quality of the site is poor. Interviews with campers showed six main reasons for visitation and value of the site: friends and family, relaxation, sand and safety, access, freedom and 'true camping'. People like to 'rough it' but in reality few went without a number of home comforts which they had brought themselves. The study indicated that the provision of facilities to help minimise impacts would not be supported by campers and would negatively impact upon their experiences. The research found that some camping practices are at odds with the concept of sustainability.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of CAUTHE.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Marketing and Tourism
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: camping; facilities; riverland; family; values; Murray River
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140216 Tourism Economics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/229

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