Wayoutback Australian Safaris adds Climate Action Business

Already Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified, Wayoutback Australian Safaris have recently added Climate Action Business certification.

The Northern Territory based company is committed to authentic safaris that are culturally and environmentally sustainable so as to ensure that the wonderful Red Centre experiences will exist for future generations of family, friends and visitors to enjoy.

Successfully reducing energy consumption Wayoutback Australian Safaris has been monitoring usage through the Alice Solar City Program, an important procedure in combating climate change and reaching certification.

Wayoutback Australian Safaris got their ROC certification in January through ECO IV. Read our previous story here.

For more information about Climate Action Certification, visit our website.

For more information about Wayoutback, visit their website.

Ecotourism Australia Team News

We would like to welcome Jennifer David as a full time member of Ecotourism Australia’s team. Jenny is originally from France and earned an Advanced Diploma of Tourism Management while in Brisbane in 2008.

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Jenny also studied foreign languages at university and spent some time in the UK gaining experience with a marketing research company. She gained an interest in the tourism industry after extensive travel in Australia, Europe and South East Asia and hopes to make her own contribution to the Australian tourism industry throughout her career.

In 2011 Jenny joined Ecotourism Australia as an Intern. While working with Ecotourism Australia she coordinated marketing projects which included the successful 2012/13 Green Travel Guide. She continues with us as the new Business Development Coordinator.

Jenny is passionate about travel and photography and is looking forward to playing a role in raising awareness about ecotourism and sustainable tourism in Australia.

Leonie Bowles and Loretta Stellino will continue to work with certified operators respectively as Industry Development Manager and Industry Development Coordinator.

You can contact Jenny at Ecotourism Australia at eco@ecotourism.org.au or on 07 3252 1530.

World Expeditions get Ecotourism certification

Ecotourism CertifiedCongratulations to World Expeditions for taking the initiative to achieve Ecotourism Certification for five of their numerous adventure tours operated in Northern Territory.

World Expeditions have been in continuous operation for more than 20 years, offering economical, reliable, environmentally friendly small group fully inclusive adventure holidays to some of the most beautiful pristine parts of Australia. Their trips cater to people from many walks of life, age groups and motivations.

They are passionate about off-the-beaten-track tours to provide travellers with the thrill of experiencing the wilderness and the great natural beauty of the region. Itineraries aim to offer the very best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share the vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach.

For information about Ecotourism Certification, please visit our website.

For more information about World Expeditions, please visit their website.

Tasmanian Expeditions achieve Ecotourism certification

Well done to Tasmanian Expeditions for reaching Ecotourism certification for 16 of their adventure tours.

Tasmanian Expeditions, a division of World Expeditions, is an experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania.

9000759_ea_lTasmanian Expeditions pioneered commercial  trekking on the South Coast Track and the Walls of Jerusalem. Environmental issues are discussed by their knowledgeable tour guides introducing participants to what may be new and challenging ideas. The aim is to engage participants into taking responsibility for their own environmental actions both on the trip and following it.

For more information on Ecotourism certification, visit our website.

For more information on Tasmanian Expeditions, visit their website.

Simmo’s Offroad Tours achieve Advanced Ecotourism Certification

imagesSimmo’s Offroad Tours have recently achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

Simmo’s Offroad Tours offer 4WD tours for small groups and is perfect for couples, families or group of friends. A good way to discover what the region has to offer, from tasty wine to native bushland.

Operating 7 days a week by private charter, Simmo’s Offroad Tours offer Local Winery Tours of the Orange and Bathurst Cool Climate Wine Region,  Scenic 4WD Passenger Tours including Gold Panning Tours and Trout Fishing Tours and for the truly adventurous fully-catered overnight 4WD Camping Adventures across Central and Far Western New South Wales.

For more information about Eco Certification, visit our website.

For more information about Simmo’s Offroad Tours, visit their website.

Walking Country achieves Advanced Ecotourism, ROC and Climate Action Business certification

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Congratulations to Walking Country for reaching Advanced Ecotourism, ROC and Climate Action Business Certification.

Walking Country was established by Wayoutback Desert Safaris in response to the growing demand by travellers for experiential walking tours in Central Australia as well as the increased awareness of the now famous Larapinta Trail.

With nearly 10 years operating small group 4-wheel drive tours of Central Australia, Advanced Eco Tourism status, extensive indigenous content and a great reputation for authentic tours away from the crowds, Walking Country and the Larapinta was the perfect progression for Wayoutback.

The famous Larapinta Trail extends for over 223km along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia and is divided into 12 sections. The Larapinta Trail takes in a variety of desert habitats before rewarding trekkers with 360° views from Mount Sonder – the highest point marking the end of the Trail.

More information about ECO, ROC or Climate Action.

For more information about Walking Country, visit their website.

An Ongoing Fight Against Marine Waste

By now many of us have been informed of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A mass of manmade waste that lies between North America and Japan in the North Pacific Gyre. The discovery of its existence by Captain Charles Moore in the late 90s has acted as a harsh reality to the role our society plays within the natural environment.

Because petroleum-based plastics are non-biodegradable, any plastic that enters the ocean stays there, continually breaking into smaller pieces until it is ingested by marine life or deposited on the shore. In a 1998 survey, 89% of the litter observed floating on the ocean surface in the North Pacific was plastic. In the Central Pacific Gyre, a research organisation in 2002 founded by Captain Charles Moore found six kilos of plastic for every kilo of plankton near the surface. By 2008, that figure had risen to 45 to one. Moore stating “It (the Garbage Patch) has to be burned into the consciousness of humanity that the ocean is now a plastic wasteland”.

One such person taking upon the responsibility of our marine waste is Tim Silverwood. Not content with just reading and hearing about it Tim visited the site in 2011 which prompted an incredible new chapter in his life. Having studied environmental management in conservation at university, Silverwood says his true “connection with the ocean is actually from being a surfer”. He feels the major problem with marine debris is that the plastics are now resembling a food source. “There are so many animals interacting with plastic that it is a part of the ocean system now, and it needs to be recognised as a component of the food chain.”


Silverwood spends a lot of time promoting Take 3 (www.take3.org.au), an initiative that encourages people to take three pieces of plastic every time they visit a beach or waterway. “A concept of devolving the responsibility back onto everyone”.

Silverwood and his mother have also started Rechusable (www.rechusable.com) to offer alternatives to packaging. “It’s about people recognising that the simplest thing they can do every day is refuse disposable plastics and packaging. It gives people tools to tackle the challenge of living a day plastic-free, which is difficult, but also very rewarding.”

For more both Moore and Silverwood have conducted TED talks. Silverwood (linked here)  gives a stark representation that links close to the Australian marine waste story with a presentation that many of our readers will relate too