Wayfinding in major waterfront points of interest in Queensland Australia – A case study in Surfers Paradise

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    Yu, Rongrong
    Burke, Matthew
    2018 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science: Cities and Outdoor Environments
    Conference Papers


This paper presents a study exploring wayfinding in major waterfront points of interest in Queensland, Australia. Waterfronts are often highly significant spaces, contributing to the tourism industry as urban tourist attractions and providing quality leisure spaces for residents. Wayfinding is a critical issue for tourists walking or driving through urban waterfronts, and may affect a visitor’s spatial experience. Yet the syntactical properties of waterfronts in Australian cities have never been analyzed systematically, nor have space syntax methods been employed for improving waterfront precinct design. To solve this problem, the Surfers Paradise central waterfront area in Queensland was selected as a case study. Employing space syntax, three measurements for both pedestrians and vehicles were extracted to capture the spatial characteristics of the case study area. Results identify key locations, that are important for visitors’ decision-making during wayfinding processes, both when walking and driving. This paper demonstrates a method for capturing the social and spatial properties of waterfronts in Australia and provides possible new insights into the properties of these important tourism attractions.


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