The Significance and Management Implications of Perched Dune Lakes as Swimming and Recreation Sites on Fraser Island, Australia.
Fraser Island, a natural World Heritage Area off the Queensland coast of Australia, receives in excess of 300,000 visitors every year. With visitor numbers expected to grow further, there is increasing concern that unregulated tourist activities may threaten the long-term conservation of the lakes on the island. In view of this concern, a tourist survey was conducted on five separate occasions between December 1999 and January 2001 to determine the importance of the lakes on the island as swimming and recreation sites for visitors. Although most of the respondents were first time visitors to Fraser Island, the majority had planned to visit Lake McKenzie before arriving. Clear lakes were the preferred swimming sites for 70% of respondents, highlighting the threat that tourist activities may pose to their conservation. Survey respondents were generally young wilderness seekers and many expressed disapproval of any further development of infrastructure on the island. Possible management options, such as regulating tourist numbers at the two clear lakes on the island, may therefore be warranted in the future.
The Journal of Tourism Studies
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