Tri State Safaris help bring a brighter future for Vinaka Fiji

Towards the end of last year, Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action certified Tri State Safaris started a campaign to collect second-hand eye glasses to donate to local people of the Yasawa Island of Fiji. Over the past five months, they have collected over 60 pairs of specs and handed over their first donation to Vinaka Fiji.

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Almost five months have passed since the couple decided to help. In a recent newsletter, Tri State Safaris reported about their achievements and thanked participants. They have managed to collect more than 60 pair of glasses, with numbers constantly growing. In February, owners Mick and Joanna met up with Elle, a representative of Vinaka Fijii, and handed over their first donations (pictured). Elle was positively overwhelmed by the generosity of Tri State Safaris and their extended community.

Tri State Safaris was established in 1992, running tours from Broken Hill to Broome. Owners, Mick and Joanne McCulkin, created the company out of the passion to share Australia’s Outback experience with like-minded adventurers. Whenever the couple is not busy with work, they enjoy travelling to Fiji’s Western Division, including Yasawa Island. It was during these trips that they came to realise a problem all too commonly encountered by locals; many had poor eye-sight and were unable to afford glasses.

Vinaka Fijii is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for people living in poverty. As part of the project, Vinaka Fiji agreed to fix, clean and fairly distribute glasses to Fijians in need.

In their newsletter Tri State Safaris claims that their mission is not over yet and they will continue to collect glasses throughout this year.

If you have any old reading glasses, prescription glasses or sunglasses, don’t leave them to collect dust. Help change a life and take the time to send them to Tri State Safaris at P.O. Box 867, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880.

Congratulations To Straddie Camping

Congratulations to Straddie Camping on achieving the trifecta of Ecotourism Australia certification: Advanced Ecotourism, Respecting Our Culture, and Climate Action Business certifications!

Straddie Camping offers a diverse range of camping and accommodation options across various locations on North Stradbroke Island. They have just achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification for their campsites at Cylinder Beach, Adder Rock and Amity Point. Straddie Camping offer a more ‘back to nature’ camping getaway, with hundreds of powered and un-powered camping sites nestled among sand dunes overlooking the island’s iconic beaches.

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Straddie Camping are dedicated to protecting their environment, are actively working towards neutralising their carbon footprint, and have recently implemented a carbon offset option for all guests. They are also heavily engaged with the local Quandamooka community and offer a number of cultural experiences run by Indigenous guides, including interactive and educational demonstrations by local Indigenous artists and storytellers.

“Through consultations with our Elders and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, we work together to protect our lands and sea country in many ways, including taking part in cultural heritage management, Environmental Impact Assessments, negotiating over developments, educating the public and maintaining land and sea management responsibilities. Caring for our Country is our business.”

North Stradbroke Island is accessible by Ferry, and is an easy drive from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, making it a fantastic weekender destination, but the Island has so much to offer, you’ll want to make it an extended getaway!

Find out more here: http://www.straddiecamping.com.au/home

Learn more about Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs here.

Accommodation World Achieves Climate Action Certification

Nature Tourism CertifiedCongratulations to Accommodation World on achieving Climate Action certification at the Innovator level!

Accommodation World is a unique holiday rental property management company that specialise in promoting and managing short term Holiday & Corporate accommodation available for bookings anywhere from 3 days to 3 months. They pride themselves on being a leader in accommodation health and safety standards.

They bring to the market a wealth of experience and knowledge behind operations, with continuous fresh ideas and a desire to provide the very best accommodation and service. Currently focused on the Darwin area, their listed luxury properties are in high demand and offer exceptional value at competitive prices. All our properties are fully equipped with quality furniture, fixtures and finishes, and guests enjoy the additional space, comfort, safety, security and amenities on offer.

Accommodation World Pty Ltd is a business with ambitions to change tourism for the long-term benefit of local people, tourists, the environment and the tourism industry. They are committed to screening and marketing responsible holidays & Safe Accommodation, and to campaigning for change in the tourism industry. Responsible & Ethical tourism practices is at the core of Accommodation World’s business, and they are proud to be a half Indigenous Owned & Operated Business, Accommodation World is a certified supplier of Supply Nation and Member of the Industry Capabilities Network.

Find out more about Accommodation World here.

Find out more about Climate Action certification here.

Bushfood Factory and Café achieve Ecotourism and Climate Action Business Certification

Congratulations to Bushfood Factory & Café who have been recognised for their sustainability efforts – achieving both Ecotourism certification and Climate Action Business certification.

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The Bushfood Factory & Café was born from the owner’s values of environmental respect and protection. The attraction has gone on to become an exciting food experience in Western Australia. This unique jewel encompasses all aspects of Australian native food herbs and fruits, from the plantation to the table.

To find out more about Bushfood Factory & Café visit their website here.

For more information on Ecotourism Australia’s certification and certified operators visit our website.

Congratulations to Tusa Dive

CAA_vendor4starCongratulations to Tusa Dive for achieving Climate Action Innovator certification, Tusa Dive has been Advanced Ecotourism certified since 2007.

Tusa Dive offer scuba diving and snorkelling day tours to the Great Barrier Reef. With more than 25 years experience, they offer a wide variety of tours to the reef. Their modern and comfortable vessels in combination with their friendly and experienced team guarantee an unforgettable stay. As a local business, they aim at preserving the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. 

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For more information about Tusa Dive, click here.

For more information about Climate Action certification and Advanced Ecotourism certification, visit our website.

Barossa Tourism Services achieve Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Certification

Welcome onboard to Barossa Tourism Services!

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Barossa Tourism Services has achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification for the following products:

  • Treasured Memories Accommodation
  • Tour Barossa

Barossa Tourism Services and their Getaways Reservation Service have also received Climate Action Business certification.

Treasured Memories Accommodation is a selection of properties in the beautiful Barossa Valley and Tour Barossa offers a  choice of Barossa Valley and Clare Valley wine tours, private tours, airport transfers and charters.

The Barossa region known for its European heritage and its legendary wines has certainly a lot to offer. Wine, food, history and beautiful landscapes make the area a destination that is not to be missed.

For more information visit www.barossatourism.comwww.treasuredmemories.com.au and www.tourbarossa.com.

For more information about Climate Action and ECO Certification visit our website.

Congratulations to Diamond Waters on getting Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action certifiication

Well done to Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat for achieving Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Business certification.

CAA_vendor3starimagesDiamond Waters Treehouse Retreat provides two luxury environmentally sustainable ‘treehouses’ built high among the trees and overlooking wetlands and the Camden Haven River, Mid North Coast NSW.

The property is surrounded by national parks and some of the best beaches and waterways on the east coast of Australia. The property also has a small retail nursery that is more like a rain forest walk and is home to a large range of bird species and other native wildlife including koalas.

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Click here for more information about Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action certification.

For more information on Diamond Waters, visit their website.