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Deep in the desert: Merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism

Narayanan, Y. and Macbeth, J. (2009) Deep in the desert: Merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism. Tourism Geographies, 11 (3). pp. 369-389.

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Our paper positions four-wheel drive (4WD) travel into the Australian desert by veteran or dedicated travellers as a spiritual experience in three ways: by considering the desert itself as a sacred space; the experience of such a journey as a form of 'nature religion'; and by viewing the actual journey itself as pilgrimage. Our argument is informed by interviews with expert 4WDers to the desert. Our study might be useful in designing sustainable strategies for 4WD desert tourism, as well as for scholars from a variety of disciplines such as sustainability and environment studies, religious studies and tourism studies, to name a few.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
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