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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 9.0 Environmental Heritage - Introduction >> 9.1 Attendance at Nature Parks and Reserves


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 over 1,500 World Heritage Areas, and national and state parks and reserves which are managed by the Australian Government and each of the state 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 the 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 a survey conducted by the ABS.

A similar survey conducted in 2001 and 1998 reported a 54% attendance rate of Australians visiting these areas. Residents of the Northern Territory recorded the highest attendance rate (61%) and South Australians the lowest (49%).

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

Attendance rate

New South Wales
2 498.0
1 937.8
1 538.3
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory
7 832.9

(a) Includes world heritage parks and state parks.
(b) Twelve months before interview in 2004.
ABS, 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.

9.2 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By age - 2004(b)
Graph: Attendance at Nature Parks(a), By age—2004(b)

9.3 ATTENDANCE AT NATURE PARKS(a), By household type - 2004(b)
Graph: Attendance at Nature Parks(a), By household type—2004(b)

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