Congratulations to Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

Congratulations to the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL) for achieving Advanced Ecotourism Certification for their self and guided tours, workshops and community centre.

Situated at Mount Annan, NSW, the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living is a fantastic not-for-profit, community-driven organisation supported by local Macarthur Councils and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. They are essentially an educational facility focused on sustainable technology. The Centre aims to celebrate Macarthur’s cultural diversity and explore sustainable living options with activities such as tours, festivals, markets, workshops, research, art, food, gardening and music. These activities favour cultural diversity and have a strong commitment to improve peoples’ awareness about sustainable living options.

The centre promotes sustainable living options, such as water and energy efficiency, waste avoidance and green space management, through its community educational programs and tours. The facility is entirely self-sufficient as it generates its own power (solar energy), recycles and reuses rain and waste water. An organic garden also belongs to the Centre and showcases different sustainable gardening principles, proudly maintained by volunteers. It conducts community educational programs and projects that build social capacity and empower individuals to embrace sustainable lifestyles. The Centre has also instated a Sustainability Committee to advise and monitor programs and educational material.

To find out more about Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, click here.

EcoTreasures new initiative to clean up penguin habitats

EcoTreasures, a young tour company based in Sydney, have incorporated an initiative into their Manly Coastal Walks to remove marine debris from penguin habitats.

The tour company specialises in Ecotourism experiences on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. EcoTreasures have been lucky to host a range of international study tour students visiting Sydney this winter, who have been participating in the initiative. The students arrive in Australia for short stays of generally 7-14 days, which consist of English lessons and Australian tour experiences. EcoTreasures owner, Damien McClellan, has been happy to host the students on his tours and to incorporate a new element into the half-day adventure, with a purpose to clean up marine debris that accumulates in the natural environment known to be a prime habitat for Little Penguins.

Mr McClellan has been very proud to run these tours, which highlight a range of environmental awareness messages, and mentions, “when we visit the little penguin habit at Collins Beach in Sydney Harbour National Park we conduct a beach clean-up. The students always put in 110% and we remove as much marine debris from the catchment as possible. We are all giving back to the location we are appreciating for it’s natural beauty, and I’m proud of all these international guests caring for Australia’s environment.”

The tours offer a great display of Sydney’s natural setting right on the city’s door step. Mr McClellan also adds “the students and teachers really enjoy their experience on the walk around Manly, we visit the beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, Cabbage tree Aquatic reserve and Manly suburbs all in a half day adventure. We always keep the walk fun and engaging by identifying native plants & searching for Whales from land with binoculars and other wildlife along the way”.

EcoTreasures was founded in 2010 by Damien McClellan, the business is looking forward to working with more partners in the future, developing new ecotourism initiatives for a range of target markets, and keeping it fun is part of the plan. EcoTreasures is Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified.

For more information on EcoTreasures, please click here.

Congratulations Coodlie Park on achieving Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification

Coodlie Park has achieved Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification.

Coodlie Park Farm Retreat offers a “surprisingly different” accommodation experience. Set on a large rural property with extensive facilities for visitors, Coodlie Park is located on the coast between Mount Camel Surf Beach and the spectacular Talia Caves (about 50 kilometers west of Elliston).Coodlie Park offers a unique wilderness experience on the property. Guests can enjoy their own private beach, cliff-top walk with outstanding views and Australian wildlife like kangaroos, native birds, emus and wombats.

Nullarbor Traveller, Great Australian Bight Safaris and Xplore Eyre operate under the umbrella of Australian Wildlife Adventures – showcasing the Real Australia. Tours operate between Adelaide and Perth (include the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Nullarbor, Esperance, Albany and Margaret River.

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For more information on Coodlie Park, visit their website here.

For more information on Ecotourism Australia’s ECO and ROC certification, please visit our website here.

Blue Mountains National Park achieves Advanced Ecotourism certification

Congratulations to Blue Mountains National Park for achieving Advanced Ecotourism certification as an attraction and for their Discovery Walks, Talks and Tours products. Blue Mountains National Park joins Tidbinbilla and Yanchep National Park as the first National Parks in Australia to achieve Ecotourism Australia certification, setting a high standard for other Parks to follow.

imagesThe stunning Blue Mountains National Park is situated just west of Sydney, NSW and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It boasts remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values, including protecting sites of Aboriginal cultural significance.

Blue Mountains Discovery Walks Talks and Tours presents a vast array of talented, trained, experienced guides who will show you the best of the Blue Mountains, take you deep into canyons, or across windswept heath, scale vertical cliffs on heritage pathways next to giant waterfalls  and show you rare plants, animal hideouts, and much more. The program offers tailored walks, talks and tours for various group sizes as well as curriculum based tours for school groups.


To find out more about Blue Mountains National Park, click here.

To find out more about Ecotourism certification, click here.

Australia’s National Landscapes recognises ECO certification for Signature Nature Product criteria


Australia’s National Landscapes was formed between Tourism Australia and Parks Australia, establishing a partnership between tourism and conservation to identify Australia’s iconic landscapes and capture and promote areas of outstanding natural beauty and cultural significance. 16 areas in total have been incorporated into the program. Recently, National Landscapes have defined a criteria for the selection of Signature Nature Products in each of these areas.

Ecotourism Australia is pleased to have our ECO certification recognised in the criteria. This is also great news for our certified businesses operating within National Landscapes areas. The program recognises T-QUAL endorsed accreditation, including Ecotourism Australia certification, for tourism operators as a key criterion for submissions. Additionally, as per criteria for conservation of natural and cultural values;

  • Products that carry Ecotourism Australia certification automatically meet the first two points of this criterion, but will need to demonstrate its contribution to the conservation of the natural/cultural values of the National Landscape through either physical, financial or in-kind assistance, and;
  • Products that carry Ecotourism Australia’s Advanced Ecotourism certification automatically meet all components of this criterion.

State and Territory Tourism Organisations (STOs) will work in collaboration with National Landscape Steering Committees to select the best world-class nature and cultural experiences within their Landscapes, which meet the Product Criteria guidelines.

For more information on Australia’s National Landscapes, click here. 

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins achieves Advanced Ecotourism Certification

Congratulations to Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins for achieving Advanced 


Ecotourism Certification for their cabins and restaurant.

Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins and Restaurant are situated in a secluded setting off Pioneer Valley, 80 km west of Mackay Queensland. Their four self contained cabins sit unobtrusively facing a crystal clear creek, nestled in beautifully landscaped gardens where customers can enjoy the unspoiled rainforest from their veranda. Guests can also enjoy delicious homemade evening meals made form the freshest of ingredients, delivered their cabins private veranda overlooking the babbling water.

The on-site River Rock

To find out more about Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins and restaurant or make a booking, visit their website with it’s huge open plan pole house design, juts out over  the river bed offering diners a tranquil ambiance and a delicious array of meals made from fresh local produce.

To find out more about Ecotourism Australia Advanced Ecotourism Certification, click here.

Congratulations to Aqua Fun


Congratulations to Aqua Fun for achieving Nature Tourism Certification for their Aqua Hire offerings and Advanced Ecotourism Certification for their school group tours.

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Aqua Fun offers equipment hire for a broad variety of water adventure activities on the New South Wales Central Coast for young and old with different levels of fitness and abilities. As safety is their first priority, all crafts are equipped with life jackets free of charge as well as sun-screen. In order to enable all guests a smooth and exiting experience, qualified kayak instructors inform guests about all details that are important for a safe and unforgettable experience.

Guests can choose between single, double or quadruple pedal-boats, different types of kayaks and surf skis. Aqua Fun also caters for children with their newly certified school group tours that guarantee a lot of fun and excitement for children.

For more information on Aqua Fun, click here.

For more information about Nature Tourism certification and Advanced Ecotourism certification, please visit our website.