Sensing place, consuming space: changing visitor experiences of the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2006) Sensing place, consuming space: changing visitor experiences of the Great Barrier Reef. In: Tourism, consumption and representation: narratives of place and self. CABI, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, pp. 94-112. ISBN 9781845931643


Almost 2 million visitors are drawn to the Great Barrier Reef each year by iconic images of pristine island beaches shaded by coconut palms, dazzling marine life and spectacular aerial vistas of deep blue seas and coral cays. The Reef is set apart from other tropical island destinations by the sheer scale of the region which stretches >2000 km along the northeast coast of Australia. This unique quality is recognized, encapsulated and confirmed by the listing of >348,000 km2 as World Heritage. The Reef is thus inscribed as a single place or destination, and regarded as such by many visitors.

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Additional Information: Copyright © CABI Publishing. May not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher, except fair uses permitted under applicable copyright law. Ch 5. An electronic copy of the book held by USQ Library.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 31 May 2013 05:36
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; consumption; senses; sense of place; representation; hyper-reality; photography; tourists; visitors; sensuous
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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