Ghost town tourism needs to capitalize on its popularity

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ghost townMr. Holmes, author of Vanishing Towns: Tasmania’s Ghost Towns and Settlements, said that the state was ideally positioned to capitalize on the trend because of the hundreds of old communities scattered around the state.

Mr. Holmes said, “We’ve got them (ghost towns) in spades. Rather than feeling sorry for them we should be developing them as attractions. We are sitting on the equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves in terms of cultural heritage.”

He added that tourist surveys and the strong sales of his book led to the huge interest in the area. Mr. Holmes said he never heard back from the government after he suggested installing a network of digital information signs about ghost towns.

When asked about the government’s support for ghost town tourism, Braddon MHA Adam Brooks cited the government’s work with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and a new Hydro Tasmania tour that includes the ghost town of Waddamana.

Roam Wild Tasmania operates Lost Mines and Ancient Pines and a tour of an abandoned settlement around the Lake Margaret Hydropower scheme. Co-owner Joy Chappelle said that interest in ghost town tourism had been growing over the years. Ghost town tourism have also provided a lifeline for towns that are vanishing but still have hope.


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