Australian Bureau of Statistics
4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2011
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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.
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%).
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.
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