Urban Fringe Bushwalking: Eroding the Experience

Refereed Journal Article


Right to Roam


Dr Michael Hughes, Professor Marian Tye, Philippa Chandler



Published In:

Society & Natural Resources

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Results from a survey of bushwalking enthusiasts in urban fringe areas in Western Australia reveal the increasing perception that the bushwalking experience is being negatively impacted by restrictive and inconsistent treatment from urban fringe natural resource managers, and the implementation of new policies that limit access to land. Responses indicate a significant level of suspicion and distrust toward land management organisations specific to the Darling Range urban fringe study area. A response to such previously documented sentiments by a lobby group of Western Australian bushwalkers, this article highlights the range of benefits associated with urban fringe access to the Perth region and the tradition of bushwalking access to natural areas as a right. This suggests a need for natural resource managers to better recognise and promote opportunities for ‘untamed’ bushwalking as an important recreation asset, by working with bushwalking club members and building on existing positive personal relationships between rangers and members.

How to cite:

Hughes, M., Tye, M., and P. Chandler. 2016. “Urban Fringe Bushwalking: Eroding the Experience.” Society & Natural Resources 29 (11): 1311-1324. doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1185554