Mediating technologies on the move: tourists’ automobilities through the Limestone Coast, South Australia

Gareth Butler, Gerti Szili

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Abstract

The Limestone Coast is a popular tourist region located on South Australia’s south-eastern border with Victoria and home to several nature-based tourist attractions, including Naracoorte Caves National Park (NCNP). Through the acquisition of qualitative materials from 29 self-drive domestic tourists that visited NCNP, this study observed that many tourists’ automobilities were punctuated by periods of “connection” and “disconnection” with the technologies that permeated their motor vehicles. Mediating both statuses posed paradoxical dilemmas, as embracing connectivity could reduce the risks of disappointment or “missing out,” whilst rejecting connectivity stimulated feelings of adventure as their encounters of rural Australia remained relatively unpredictable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-381
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Asia pacific
  • Australia
  • automobilities
  • domestic tourism
  • freedom
  • Limestone Coast
  • qualitative methods
  • self-drive tourism
  • technologies
  • Tourism mobilities

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