AUSTRALIA is among the best places to vacation in the world, but a new study has found it can be a bit pricey for those who want to see the coast from a bird’s-eye view.
The University of Queensland, in Australia, surveyed more than 200 people about their experiences of ecotours and discovered some of the best options on offer in the country are in remote locations, such as the Great Barrier Reef and remote locations in the South Pacific.
While there is a large range of experiences for the average ecotouring guest, the survey also found there are some of Australia’s best ecoturf experiences to choose from, with most visitors spending less than $1,000, or around $400 for a two-day pass.
The survey found many people prefer to see their trips from a remote location.
“We think of a great destination as a place where you get to see a lot of things, and not just the shoreline,” said lead researcher Dr. Michael Egan.
“There’s so much you can see that you’d never get to in a city, and if you want to do that, you need to get out of your comfort zone and go out and see some places.”
Egan and his colleagues collected data from a survey of more than 500 people who visited a local ecotown between August and November 2016.
“This survey is really an opportunity for us to see what is actually going on in the community,” he said.
“So, what are people saying about the experiences of the local community?
So far, we’ve found that a large proportion of people are very happy with their ecotravel experience.”
Dr. Michael, who has been researching ecoturbing for over 10 years, said the experience of visiting a local area from a distance was a much different proposition than what you would get from a city.
“People in the bush in Australia don’t get the same kind of social interactions, or access to public transport and amenities,” he explained.
“You might get a bus pass and a couple of drinks, but that doesn’t get you around a whole lot, so a local location is really the only way you get around the bush.”
Dr Egan said it was common to find people visiting a remote place with their pets.
“They’ll often spend a couple days or even a few weeks at a time in their local community, but they may not have a lot to do with the locals,” he added.
“The local people have a much higher level of interaction with their local environment, so there’s a much greater chance that you’ll find that you have some kind of connection with the community.”
While Dr Egan found that ecotubers were often in a different place to people in cities, the findings show that some ecoturban experience is a lot more exciting than others.
“What I really like about these experiences is that you can feel like you’re actually part of the place,” he told ABC News.
“When you go to a remote spot, it’s like you’ve been there for a long time.
It’s like it’s been your whole life.”
So you can get lost in that place and not be so overwhelmed by what’s going on around you, and also feel like the whole experience has a different feel from what you’re used to.
“The research has been published in the journal Conservation Biology.
Dr Ewan is working on a follow-up survey to further investigate the ecoture experience.