Past Events and Workshops

Past events relevant to wildlife tourism


Events run by Wildlife Tourism Australia or in which WTA was represented

  • Overpopulation and over-tourism impacts on wildlife
  • WTA AGM, book launch and presentations, October 2020
  • Wildlife Tourism Webinars,  June 2020

    Three very active wildlife tourism webinars were run by WTA in June 2020, involving wildlife interpretation, tourism and conservation, wildlife tourism in Asia and the Pacific, human-wildlife interactions, marketing wildlife tourism, coronavirus effects, other.          Wildlife Tourism Webinars 2020 

  • Wildlife Tourism Australia’s workshop in SE Qld, December 2019 SE Qld workshop discussed The  Scenic Rim as an ecologically-sustainable international wildlife tourism destination
  • Global Eco Conference, Cairns, December 2019. Wildlife Tourism Australia was represented by Maree Kerr and Sera Steves represented Wildlife Tourism Australia with a talk “Sustainable Wildlife Tourism: Evolving to meet current and future challenges and opportunities.  View their presentation here
  • Wildlife Tourism Australia had a display at the Big Bat and Wildlife Festival in Maclean, NSW, Match 2019. From Elizabeth Parker: ”
    We love the rain but why did it have to fall on the Saturday of the Big Bat and Wildlife Festival?!
    During a dry patch I was coming down from the displays and presentations in the Jim Thompson pavilion to the activities on the oval and I stopped to have a look around. And I thought, ‘Have a look at all those happy kids down there, and all their happy parents – and not having to get their wallets out’. Smiles under the umbrellas.
    Anthony of Australian Wildlife Displays was a hit with the kids with the live animals. I heard one boy announce Anthony was his new hero.
    We were down on quite a few stalls and activities due the wet weather but things were going on very well and we had a good attendance ducking in between light showers, until about three o’clock.
    It just started to pour and was set in. In the movies the band keeps playing, but not when safety comes first. A shame all outdoor activities had to pack up and we had to call that part of the event closed.
    The best part of the day was so many people asking about the NEXT Big Bat and Wildlife Festival……. so thank you for all those people who came to enjoy the day in the rain, and thank you all of the festival participants for all your much appreciated efforts. Looks like we’re going to do it all again next year.
  • Bat Festival, Cairns, 4th May 2019 Cairns Esplanade. Guest speakers. Information and community stalls. Live music from Kuranda’s funkiest band – Wednesdays. Craft for kids – e.g. Make a Bat Mask. Enter the Masked parade. Information about our  Endangered bats and other wildlife of the wet tropics, and what you can do to help them. Focus species: the endangered Spectacled Flying-fox. Wildlife Tourism Australia’s vice-chair Maree Treadwell was one of the organisers
  • Wildlife Tourism Australia stall at World Science Festival, Brisbane, Qld 23-24th March 2019. Wildlife Tourism Australia was represented within the Australian Citizen Science Association display during the World Science Festival at Southbank, Queensland, 23-24 March 2019. Featured were our wildlife research network, a nature/puzzle trail for families and individuals, and a display of “Guess what this is?” We had some great prizes from our members, from Far North Queensland to Tasmania, Click here for details!  (overnight accommodation in Tasmania, activities in Qld and NSW, entries to parks, tours, caps (oceans, orang-utans), t-shirts, drinking flasks with orangutan motif …), calendars  Many of these were won by participants. Others will be rolled over to a new competition to be announced soon. Click here for details! 
  • National conference in  “Wildlife Tourism Values and Challenges: balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, tour operators and local residents.” Tasmania October 2018  (pdf of roundtable discussions now available) The report on roundtable discussions is now available as a downloadable pdf from the website
  • National conference  “Where the Wild Things Grow: Leadership, Partnerships and Ethics in Wildlife Tourism” Adelaide, 2016
  • National conference  “Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies?” Geelong, 2015
  • National workshop “Snake as sister, spectacle or scientific object: connecting the dots for wildlife tourism” Darwin 2013
  • National workshop “Using Wildlife for Tourism: opportunities, threats, responsibilities,” Currumbin, Gold Coast 2012
  • Workshop “Illegal Wildlife Trafficking: Attacking on All Fronts”, Sydney, the report of which has since been sent to various organisations and politicians worldwide
  • Workshop “Enjoyable, Memorable and Meaningful: Using Wildlife Tourism to Do it All,” at Binna Burra and a follow-up workshop the following year at Atherton. (Wildlife Interpretation: Into the Future””).




For various reports on some of the events run by WTA or attended by WTA members please visit:


Some other events in recent years:

International Coral Reef Symposium

Cairns, Australia July 2012.

Bush Lore Australia

  • Wilderness Survival Course- Basic: 28 to 29 July 2012
  • Outdoor Navigation Course: 28 to 29 July 2012

The 8th National Rehabilitation Conference,

Townsville, Nth Queensland, July 16-20, 2012

Emerging Tourism Opportunities – People, Partnerships and Programs in the Kimberley

 29-30 August 2012



Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management & Research Colloquium

September 2012, Sydney




Binna Burra Bird Week with Barry Davies

October 2012 (Barry, of Gondwana Guides, is a member, and former committee member, of WTA)


Global Eco Conference

Cairns 15-17 October 2012 Ecotourism Australia

(attended by Ronda Green and Peter Wood, chair and secretary of Wildlife Tourism Australia, and Ronda presented a paper on wildlife tourism)



Training with Savannah Guides

1-4 November 2012

Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

The Savannah Guides School was held on the theme of “Working Together – Savannah Guides Partnerships” with a heavy involvement by NT Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism NT, and association also with the Indigenous Business Partners and communities and organisations of the Katherine region.


Using Wildlife for Tourism:Opportunities, Threats, Responsibilities

Wildlife Tourism Australia’s 3rd national workshop
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, May 2012
Economics of wildlife tourism, providing world-class interpretation, contributions of wildlife tourism to conservation, minimising negative impacts

Wildlife Expo

Wildlife Tourism Australia had a display at  the Scenic Rim’s third Wildlife Expo in Beaudesert (southeast Queensland) Sunday 7th August 2011

Animals, People – a Shared Environment, Conference in Brisbane

The 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference

Brisbane 10- – 13th July 2011. The theme, Animals, People – a Shared Environment, includes wildlife tourism as one of the topics and Ronda Green (chair WTA spoke of her experiences in wildlife tourism and human-wildlife interaction).

World Environmental Education Congress

WEEC Brisbane 19-23 July 2011



Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference: 

Nature, Culture and Networking for Sustainable Tourism
 8 to 10 August 2014, Dambulla – Kandalama. Sri Lanka

Bird Fair, Sydney

25-26 October, 2014
Australia’ very first national bird fair: activities, expert speakers, bird-watching equipment and more

Forest Weekend |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

October 31-November 2,  2014
Join our visiting experts for an insight into the complex world of the Rainforest. Often combined with the following weeks ‘Bird Week’ this weekend is suited to all those interested in the flora of the region from novice botanists, students or those that just enjoy being involved and learning about the natural environment.

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37th Annual Bird Week |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

November 2-9 2014
Australia’s leading birding event offers ample opportunities to visit all the hot spots and uncover the special birds of Lamington National Park. Guest speakers include international author, naturalist and television producer Stephen Moss as well as local guides Tim O’Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, Bill McDonald and Duncan Fowler.

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Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop 11th November Sydney

Informal workshop (members and nonmembers welcome) to discuss wildlife-realted aspects of tourism in protected areas, in preparation for the World Parks Congress. Topics discussed will include  minimal-impact wildlife viewing (including use of new technology), tour operators assisting with research or conservation monitoring, research that is needed on tourism effects on wildlife and their habitats.

World Parks Congress, Sydney, New South Wales,  12-19 November 2014

World Parks Congress

This event, run by the international Union for Conservation of Nature,  only happens once every ten years!  It’s a great opportunity for Australians to attend (and a great excuse for others to decide this is the year to visit Australia)

From their website:

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.


Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop 25th November Perth

Informal workshop (members and nonmembers welcome) to discuss wildlife-realted aspects of tourism relating to Australasia and Asia, just prior to the ITSA conference
Details TBA
ITSA, Perth, Western Australia,  26-29 November 2014

International Tourism Studies Association Conference 

Many wildlife-related topics will be discussed, from Australian and Asian perspectives.

Download the flyer: ITSA_Flyer   (7Mb)

Also consider the possibility of sponsorship or a display: FINAL – ITSA_Prospectus-print (7.7mb)


Wildlife Week |O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

January 19-23 2015
Join the likes of Dr. Ian Gynther, Senior Conservation Officer with the Threatened Species Branch of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), for an exciting week of tracking, trapping and sneaking up on wildlife all in the name of conservation.

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Telephone:  +61 7 5502 4900 



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