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Wildlife Interpretation Workshop July 2017

A road on the Atherton Tableland

Date: 10-11 July 2017

Registration is now open:

Venue:Summit Rainforest Retreat and Boutique Conference Centre, (22 Twelfth Ave, Atherton QLD) on the beautiful Atherton Tableland (Far North Queensland, one and a half hours inland from Cairns)

For details of the venue, accommodation and transport, please see:

We will briefly review  the outcomes of last year’s very successful workshop at Binna Burra (southeast Queensland,) on face-to-face guiding, then investigate other forms of interpretation (self-guided nature trail brochures, signage, CDs, videos, interactive computer programs, apps etc.)

The workshop will explore challenges of wildlife interpretation into the future in a changing climate; interpretive tools and techniques that can encourage guests to move from take home messages to actions; and particular interpretation challenges of the wet tropics and its world heritage values, and its cryptic, iconic and controversial wildlife.

The workshop will cover two full days. It’s not just a talk fest. There will be opportunities to practice skills and techniques, challenging debates and networking at the optional dinner on Monday evening.

Tube-nosed bat, Tolga Bat Hospital

Tube-nosed bat, Tolga Bat Hospital

Included in the programme is a field trip to the Tolga Bat Hospital, which combines wildlife tourism, volunteer tourism and of course bat care. There are other exciting experiences you can enjoy before or after the workshop on Atherton Tableland, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

The event is open to tour operators (terrestrial and marine), staff of ecolodge and wildlife parks, national park rangers, academic researchers and students, local government, conservation NGOs, teachers and others interested in this topic.

Registration will be strictly limited to 50 delegates, so please get in early if you’d like to attend

Keynote presenters

  • Professor Betty Weiler (pictured, right)
  • Professor Gianna Moscardo
Betty Weiler, speaking as keynote at a WTA event in NSW in 2015

Prof Betty Weiler

Betty has worked in Canada and Australia (and elsewhere) on interpretive tourism for many decades and is author of over 150 publications on the topic. The Southern Cross University, where she is currently employed, states: Within Australia, Betty is particularly well known for her contribution to visitor management and communication in protected areas, zoos and heritage attractions, and more recently on research aimed at influencing visitors’ on-site and post-visit behaviour.  For a list of publications please see:

Gianna Moscardo (James Cook University) was the Tourism Research project leader for the CRC Reef Research for eight years. Her qualifications in applied psychology and sociology support her research interests in understanding how communities and organisations perceive, plan for, and manage tourism development opportunities and how tourists learn about and from their travel experiences.  She has published extensively on tourism and related areas with more than 170 refereed papers or book chapters, and has been invited to speak on issues related to tourism in New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Finland and the United States. For a list of Gianna’s publications, please see:

More details soon.

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