Ugly Duck Out Restaurant is Tasmania’s Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant

Climate Action Innovator Certified The Ugly Duck Out has been awarded “Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant” in Tasmania in the I Love Food Awards 2012. This is the third year running that this Climate Action Certified restaurant has won this award.

The I Love Food Awards 2012 attracted over 134,000 registered votes registered, making it Australia’s biggest people’s choice restaurant awards.

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10 Year Premium Eco Pass for Reynella Rides

Advanced Ecotourism certified Reynella Rides has been honoured with a prestigious ecotourism award. As the first horse trek company to achieve ecotourism accreditation in Kosciuszko National Park, the business has now been awarded a 10 year Premium Eco Pass by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, making it one of just 11 tourism operators to achieve this level of access to a NSW national park.

NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said “Reynella Rides has met stringent criteria” and added: “Reynella Rides has earned their Eco Pass and by doing so, the public can rest assured their tours are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable”.

By awarding this Premium Eco Pass, the NSW government is achieving its aims of supporting small business, encouraging more visitors to national parks, and responsibly protecting the environment.

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Cairns Wildlife Dome

Cairns Wildlife Dome has recently achieved Ecotourism Certification.  

Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular wildlife exhibit on the rooftop of the Reef Casino located in the heart of Cairns.

Come eye to eye with a salt water crocodile through an underwater viewing enclosure. As well as viewing the variety of reptiles, frogs, turtles, Pademelons and an abundance of colourful birdlife that are wandering and flying freely.

Cairns Wildlife Dome is considered a leader in indigenous employment and local tourism initiatives. The Dome contributes to biodiversity through its animal hospital and breeding programmes.

For more information contact Cairns Wildlife Dome on +61 7 4031 7250

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New Sustainability Criteria for Destinations – Provide Your Input

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria for Destinations has been designed to guide destination specialists, managers, communities, NGOs and businesses toward the steps that are needed to sustain the natural and cultural heritage of the destinations they serve, while attracting tourists and economically benefiting local communities and businesses.

The draft version of the Destination Criteria is available for public consultation for the next two months.

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Wildlife Coast Cruises

Wildlife Coast Cruises has recently achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

Wildlife Coast Cruises has been operating since 1994, taking visitors to scenic wildlife marine areas along the South Eastern coastlines of Victoria, that public do not normally have access too. The business specializes in marine eco cruises and tours to Seal Rocks at Phillip Island, as well as eco tours of French Island National Park and the Coastal Marine National Park of Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria.

The business has been awarded Advanced Ecotourism Certification for their experience: French Island Cruise and Eco Tour, Seal Watching Eco-Cruise and Wilsons Promontory Full Day Eco-Cruise.

The cruises are an ideal option to see Phillip Island’s beautiful landscapes, rich history and amazing wildlife in their natural environment.

For more information contact Wildlife Coast Cruises on 1300 763 739 or

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ECO Certified Operators feature in Matt Moran’s T-QUAL Tour

On Thursday 22 March 2012, renowned chef Matt Moran launched his T-QUAL Tick Tour of Australia. Starting in Sydney, Matt stayed overnight at Roar and Snore in Taronga Zoo (Advanced Ecotourism Certified) an overnight experience getting up close to the animals.

At the launch of Matt’s T-QUAL Tick Tour, Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director of Tourism Australia said “The T-QUAL Tick is working to promote quality tourism in Australia and raising industry standards and is backed by the Australian Government. Matt’s tour will give people all over the country an insight into exactly why they can trust the T-QUAL Tick when booking their next holiday, allowing them to relax safe in the knowledge that they will enjoy value for money and a quality experience.”

After Sydney and Tasmania, Matt headed north with a trip to Sea Darwin (Advanced Ecotourism Certified) who took Matt for a special morning tea of Kangaroo tail and periwinkles.

Information on Matt’s T-QUAL tick tour can be found via Matt’s blog, Matt’s Twitter account, Matt’s Facebook page, and YouTube.

Australian Wilderness Adventures

Australian Wilderness Adventures has recently achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

Australian Wilderness Adventures offers small tours around Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia. The company was born from a desire by two of Australia’s most experienced wilderness guides to take people into the wilds of our beautiful country, onto the path less travelled and into the heart of the Australian wilderness.

The business has been awarded Advanced Ecotourism Certification for their experience: Heysen Trail, South Coast Track, Trek Larapinta, Walls of Jerusalem, Jatbula Trail and Kangaroo Island Tour.

Australian Wilderness Adventures adhere to minimal impact bushwalking principles and a ‘leave no trace’ policy. Their aim is to be at the forefront of Responsible Tourism and they are committed to improve and innovate in relation to sustainable tourism.

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