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Building Connections: Bones – bricks – boulders and bitumen. Tanya Lehmann PhD Student Flinders University South Australia Setting the scene. Extension of the Yurrebilla Trail feasibility report Cultural tourism focus What became of the research

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Building Connections:

Bones – bricks – boulders and bitumen

Tanya Lehmann

PhD Student Flinders University

South Australia

setting the scene
Setting the scene
  • Extension of the Yurrebilla Trail feasibility report
  • Cultural tourism focus
  • What became of the research
  • Reflection three years later

Cultural Tourism

  • Like ‘culture’ difficult to define
  • People places and artifacts
  • Includes fairs, museums, galleries, restaurants, theatres, gardens, and craft shops
  • High and popular
  • Niche but an important sector of the tourism industry


  • Found at eco/cultural attractions
  • A form of communication
  • Used to inform, excite, create interest, modify behaviour
  • Stand alone, connected to an object or part of a trail
  • Information vs interpretation
yurrebilla trail located on the traditional lands of the kaurna people
Yurrebilla Trail –located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people
  • 12 km from Adelaide
  • Belair National Park to Black Hill Conservation Park
  • an interpretative bushwalking trail through the Adelaide Hills.
  • a Class 3 (Australian Standard) National Trail, marketed and managed to international standard. Parts AS4 due to gradient
  • Trail is about 54 km long (3 day walk)
  • part of the Trail SA network
Connects directly with the Heysen Trail

Divided into five sections

    • Belair Railway Station to Eagle on the Hill
    • Eagle on the Hill to Summertown
    • Summertown to Norton Summit
    • Norton Summit to Morialta
    • Morialta to River Torrens
With cultural tourism and interpretation in mind the Yurrebilla Trail Feasibility Report was ‘attacked’.
  • Methodology:
  • Feasibility report ‘tested’
  • Walked the trail
  • Built on existing ideas and developed more
  • Heavy focus on inventory of what facilities currently exist
  • Incorporating the trail into local, state and federal tourism plans
  • Historic research


perhaps surprisingly, to get people off the trail

alice in wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Corridor choices….


The Yurrebilla Trail is a marked trail with its own interpretation BUTThere are also many attractions and facilities off the trail which can increase the attractiveness of the Yurrebilla TrailCultural Corridors are not an entirely new concept

Choose your own adventure…


The Yurrebilla Trail (YT) links

many tourism opportunities in the Adelaide Hills including wineries, cafes, restaurants, galleries , hotels and B&Bs. These links are referred to as ‘cultural corridors’.

Extending the Legend


Positive aspects

  • Making the most of what already exists, infrastructure such as Crafers Park n’ Ride, public toilets, public library
  • Builds on what is already being promoted
  • Fits with marketing plans, local, state and federal
  • Financial benefits, economic impact, simulate investment
  • Integrated not enclave
  • Increase in local pride
  • Authentic experience
A few concerns
  • Lack of control
  • Quality
  • Opening times
  • Closing times
  • Recommendations
  • Carrying capacity
  • Integrated with the community
  • Closure
  • Transport
  • ‘Tourist town’ aesthetics
culture corridor mt lofty summit example
Culture Corridor – Mt Lofty Summit example

Diversity in European settlement:

Copper, Gold and Real People.

Cultural Clusters within the Cultural Corridor

  • Mt Lofty
  • Crafers
  • Stirling
  • Aldgate and beyond, Bridgewater and Hahndorf

Mt Lofty Summit

Cleland Wildlife Park, bus stop, Flinders Column, café/ restaurant, public toilets, information centre, souvenirs, car park, TV aerials, Mt Lofty Golf Course, ghosts? and historic buildings, St Michaels.



Park n’ ride

Historic Hotel


Historic Church

Post Office


Petrol Station



Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens




Shopping centres

Library/ internet

Doctor/ hospital


Public transport


Mt Lofty and Districts Historical Society collection and walks


‘Boutique shops’ book shops/ galleries

Police station

Linear Park


Note the name

The Hut, community info/ internet


Historic Pub

Stangate House

Café/ restaurants



‘Gourmet foods’ Bakery/ butchers

Hardware shop



Belair and Hahndorf

Hans Heysen The Cedars



Cultural Corridors

  • direct people to places of interest, without removing the discovery aspect
  • encourages people to linger longer
  • highlights facilities and attractions
  • broadens the appeal of the trail by value adding
  • 80 page interpretive guide being produced with information about services close to the trail
  • packages developed with tour operators and accommodation providers
Title of the session should have become evident

Building connections – between the YT and the corridors

In the corridors ‘trailers’ will find

Bones – the living and past culture of the place – people

Bricks – built heritage – churches and houses

Boulders– the natural environment – native flora and fauna

Bitumen– roads – connecting the trail to the corridors


Points to conclude…

It is sometimes advisable to leave a designated track

Multiple corridors

Multiple appeal