Wildfire devastation inspires ‘solidarity tourism’ for a nationally significant heritage tourism icon

Written by Binna Burra


August 30, 2020

Wildfire devastation inspires ‘solidarity tourism’ for a nationally significant heritage tourism icon.
One year after bushfires devastated Binna Burra Lodge, the response and recovery efforts have been acknowledged by a leading international expert in cultural tourism.
Based in Boston Massachusetts (USA), Meg Pier is a highly recognized international contributor to cultural tourism. She focuses on getting the insider’s perspective on how local people live and what they consider meaningful and special about their region, as well as connecting with them on a personal level.
 ‘The Lodge’s dramatic recovery from a heartbreaking and seemingly insurmountable disaster occurred in no small part due to the legion of people who came to Binna Burra to experience the spectacular landscape.’ said Meg.
In her article, Meg shares the voices of 11 members of the Binna Burra community, who each offer their perspective on why and how Binna Burra came into their lives–and become a part of their identity. She acknowledges the national, even international significance of Binna Burra.

She adds: ‘In describing their personal relationship to Binna Burra, the fire and recovery, this cross-section of people also paint a picture of what it means to be part of a cultural landscape, and part of a community. In the process, they offer their definition of another term: solidarity tourism.’

‘Meg’s research provides a moving testimony about the power of place like Binna Burra to create community. said Steve Noakes, Chairperson of Binna Burra Lodge.

‘At this time when we reflect on the one year anniversary of the devasting bushfires that hit Binna Burra and our Beechmont community in early September 2019, it gives us time to reflect on the special meaning this World Heritage Listed rainforest has to all the individuals who live here or come to visit.’

‘We’re honoured that someone of Meg’s international standing would applies her talents to our little part of Australia from her far-away home on the east coast of the USA. It illustrates once again how the impacts of the bushfire at Binna Burra last year rippled around the world to people who know and love the Lamington National Park here in Queensland’.

The Sky Lodges at Binna Burra reopened on Tuesday 01 September 2020 along with the historic Groom’s Cottage now as the ‘heritage heart’ including the ‘Bushwalker’s Bar & Cafe’.

In mid September the Binna Burra campground and Tea House will reopen.

Full article:

Meg Pier: [email protected]
Steve Noakes: [email protected]


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