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Apart from individual businesses benefiting from cycling tourism, communities in regional and rural destinations can benefit from this form of tourism.

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Cycle tourism in Australia: an investigation into its size and scope

From "Cycle tourism in Australia: an investigation into its size and scope"
Author: Pam Faulks for the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre


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Objectives of Study

A scoping study was undertaken over a short time frame to investigate the size and scope of cycle tourism in Australia and to provide research recommendations in order to address research gaps identified.

Cycle tourism is a growing and important niche tourism market that has the potential to provide a range of economic social and environmental benefits to regional areas and the wider community. However, despite this the development of cycle tourism in Australia has been hindered by a lack of research and understanding. In some European countries, such as the United Kingdom, France and Denmark, cycling trail and route development have helped stimulate the demand for cycling trips and holidays.

Nevertheless, product development and marketing of cycle tourism has been based on research conducted on the size and scope of cycle tourism at a national, regional and local level. Furthermore, cycling routes and cycle tourism developments in Europe have been integrated into sustainable development and transport policies leading to the development of well planned regional, national and pan-European networks.


Information contained in this report was based on an extensive literature review on cycle tourism; an internet search of cycling organisations and cycling events; and personal communications with cycling organisations and event organisers.

Key Findings

The report indicates that:

Future Action

The report notes that cycle tourism has great potential, especially for regional and rural destinations and makes the following research recommendations to more adequately estimate the size and scope of cycle tourism and quantify its potential:


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