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Outdoor recreation in the Southern Tablelands region

How often are activities undertaken in a year?

In 12 months in the Southern Tablelands, people participated in walking on roads and footpaths for recreation 32.4 million times, running or jogging outdoors 12.1 million times and nature study (including bird and wildlife watching, tree and flora appreciation, nature photography, painting and drawing) 9.7 million times.

Number of times Southern Tablelands residents participated in activities.

What is the size of the audience for activities?

In 12 months, 86% of Southern Tablelands residents participated in picnicking, 78% in walking on roads or footpaths for recreation and 78% in visiting landmarks, lookouts and scenery.

Percentage of Southern Tablelands residents participated in various activities.

How interested are people in participating more frequently?

57% of people have a high interest in participating more frequently in picnicking. People are also very interested in participating more frequently in visiting landmarks, lookouts and scenery, walking on roads or footpaths for recreation and scenic driving with a car or motorbike.

Percentage of Southern Tablelands residents who have an interest in participating more frequently in outdoor activities.

What stops people participating more frequently?

Across all activities, 87% of people said time stops them participating more frequently.

Percentage of what stops Southern Tablelands residents participating more frequently in outdoor activities.

There appears to be some unmet demand, with 41% of people reporting a lack of local opportunities and 13% reporting a lack of awareness of any local opportunities.

What do participants want in a National Park?

When they participate in an outdoor recreation activity in a National Park:

  • 51% want toilets.
  • 44% do not want additional facilities.
  • 41% want cleared paths or trails through the bush.

Why do people participate?

Health benefits and socialising were the most highly rated reasons for participating in outdoor recreation in nature.

StatementRating out of 10
I like to get outdoors for the health benefits, like breathing the fresh air8.0
I enjoy getting outdoors to spend time with my family or friends7.9
I like to spend time outdoors to get a break from my day-to-day routine7.9
I like to get outdoors for the peace and quiet7.7
I prefer to exercise in the outdoors rather than inside7.6
I enjoy learning about the animals and plants of places I visit in the outdoors7.0
I'm interested in learning about the history or cultural heritage of places I visit in the outdoors6.8
I find the opportunities for adventure and challenge in the outdoors appealing6.7
I'm willing to travel a bit further to find more untouched places for outdoor activities6.6
I seek isolation and escape in the outdoors5.8

Source of data

NPWS used a telephone survey to collect this data. 2,800 telephone interviews were conducted around the State, 400 of them in the Southern Tablelands.

Read the full report (SthTablelandsdemand.pdf, 960KB).

Page last updated: 27 February 2011