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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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ATTENDANCE

Zoological parks and Botanic gardens

Zoological parks and aquariums are primarily engaged in the breeding, preservation, study and display of native and/or exotic fauna in captivity and are accessible to the general public. Similarly, Botanic gardens have been established to collect, study, exchange and display plants for research and for the education and enjoyment of the public.

According to (ABS, 2010a) Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events 2009-10 (cat. no. 4114.0), almost 6.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over visited a Botanic garden and around 6.4 million visited a Zoological park in the twelve months prior to being interviewed.

Residents of the Northern Territory had the highest attendance rates for Zoological parks and Botanic gardens, 53% and 43% respectively.

9.1 ATTENDANCE AT ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS(a), By state and territory - 2009-10(b)

ZOOLOGICAL PARKS(a)
BOTANIC GARDENS
Number ('000)
Attendance rate (%)
Number ('000)
Attendance rate (%)

New South Wales
2 012.9
35.2
1 801.8
31.5
Victoria
1 700.9
38.5
1 768.1
40.0
Queensland
1 134.0
32.7
1 248.0
36.0
South Australia
532.6
40.9
477.5
36.6
Western Australia
732.4
41.6
552.7
31.4
Tasmania
121.9
30.6
140.3
35.2
Northern Territory
67.8
53.1
55.0
43.1
Australian Capital Territory
121.7
43.6
110.6
39.6
Australia
6 424.2
36.8
6 153.8
35.2

(a) Includes other wildlife parks, aquariums and marine parks.
(b) Twelve months before interview in 2009-10.
Source: Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4114.0).


For Zoological parks, those aged 25-44 years were more likely to attend than any other age group. The presence of children in the household was also an important factor for attendance at Zoological parks, although it seemed to have little bearing on rates of attendance at Botanic gardens.

9.2 ATTENDANCE AT ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS (a), By age - 2009-10 (b)
Graph: 9.2 ATTENDANCE AT ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS (a), By age—2009-10 (b)


9.3 ATTENDANCE AT ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS(a), By household type - 2009-10(b)
Graph: 9.3 ATTENDANCE AT ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS(a), By household type—2009-10(b)



Nature parks and reserves

Nature parks and reserves include Australia's national parks and other protected areas of land or sea especially dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and other natural and cultural resources.

Australia has 18 World Heritage Areas and over 1,400 national and state parks and reserves which are managed by the Australian Government and each of the state/territory governments. The area covered extends beyond Australia's coastline to include marine protected areas up to three nautical miles out to sea as well as national parks on Cocos (Keeling), Christmas and Norfolk Islands.

More than 7.8 million Australians (52%) aged 18 years and over visited a World Heritage Area, national or state park in the twelve months prior to March 2004, according to (ABS, 2007a) Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, 2004 (cat. no. 4602.0). Residents of the Northern Territory recorded the highest attendance rate (61%) and South Australians the lowest (49%).

9.4 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By state and territory - 2004(b)

Number
Attendance rate
'000
%

New South Wales
2 498.0
49.6
Victoria
1 937.8
51.0
Queensland
1 538.3
53.9
South Australia
565.0
48.8
Western Australia
893.9
60.3
Tasmania
201.3
56.4
Northern Territory
63.5
60.9
Australian Capital Territory
135.2
57.2
Australia
7 832.9
52.1

(a) Includes world heritage parks and state parks.
(b) Twelve months before interview in 2004.
Source: Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2004 (cat. no. 4602.0).


The survey found that Australians aged 25-44 years and couple households with dependent children were the most likely to visit a World Heritage Area, national or state park.

9.5 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By age - 2004(b)
Graph: 9.5 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By age—2004(b)


9.6 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By household type - 2004(b)
Graph: 9.6 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By household type—2004(b)






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