Estimating the recreational-use value for hiking in Bellenden Ker National Park, Australia

Eleonora Nillesen, Justus Wesseler, Averil Cook

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The recreational-use value of hiking in the Bellenden Ker National Park, Australia has been estimated using a zonal travel cost model. Multiple destination visitors have been accounted for by converting visitors' own ordinal ranking of the various sites visited to numerical weights, using an expected-value approach. The value of hiking and camping in this national park was found to be $AUS 250,825 per year, or $AUS 144,45 per visitor per year, which is similar to findings from other studies valuing recreational benefits. The management of the park can use these estimates when considering the introduction of a system of user pays fees. In addition, they might be important when decisions need to be made about the allocation of resources for maintenance or upgrade of tracks and facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Multicriteria analysis
  • Multiple-trip bias
  • Travel cost method
  • Wet Tropics World Heritage Area


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