'Blue lagoons and coconut palms': the creation of a tropical idyll in Australia

Pocock, Celmara (2005) 'Blue lagoons and coconut palms': the creation of a tropical idyll in Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 16 3: 335-349. doi:10.1111/j.1835-9310.2005.tb00315.x

Author Pocock, Celmara
Title 'Blue lagoons and coconut palms': the creation of a tropical idyll in Australia
Journal name The Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-8811
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1835-9310.2005.tb00315.x
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 335
End page 349
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract The Great Barrier Reef is regarded as an 'Australian icon'. It is an internationally recognised World Heritage site managed for its 'natural' values. However, it is a location where visitors rarely enjoy Australian landscapes. This paper contrasts the sensuous engagement of past visitors with contemporary tourist experiences. Analysis of historic and contemporary visual and written materials suggests that tourist landscapes of the Reef have been transformed significantly during the 20th century. In particular, experiences of Reef islands characterised by Australian bush have been displaced by those of a generic Pacific location. The coconut palm, as a symbol of earthly paradise, has played an important role in realising both an imagined landscape and the physical transformation of tourist locations. Whereas the tourism industry is often regarded as responsible for the promulgation of such generic images, this study suggests that they are the product of a shared imagination to which both the tourism industry and tourists subscribe. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
Keyword Landscaping
Tourist attractions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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