Rivergum Holiday Retreat achieve Nature Tourism certification

Congratulations to Rivergum Holiday Retreat for achieving Nature Tourism certification!

Rivergum Holiday Retreat is situated on the banks of the Murray River at Corowa, NSW, making it a perfect base to explore north east Victoria. They offer an excellent range of accommodation options, ranging from powered and unpowered sites for caravans and campers, to riverside bush camping, to deluxe cabins and studios, and pool-side villas and cottages. The site also boasts some fantastic facilities, including: a 1.5 km walking trail, two pools, two playgrounds, BBQ areas and a pizza oven, two boat ramps, tennis and basket ball courts and historic winery cellars.

Also part of the Rivergum Holiday Retreat is a 35 hectare Wetlands Nature Reserve, which supports local fauna and flora. Boasting Murray River Frontage, the natural bushland area is used for unpowered bush camping and picnics amongst the majestic rivergums, self-guided nature walks, and a self-guided fitness trail.

The team at Rivergum Holiday Retreat aim to foster sustainable and responsible environmental management, and minimise their impact on the environment where possible and practical. They have implemented renewable energy options with the installation of solar panels, and they work closely with local councils, Landcare, WIRES, staff, customers, and peers within the region to carry out projects and initiatives to benefit their Park and their region.

To find out more about Rivergum Holiday Retreat, visit their website.

Congratulations To Sydney Princess Cruises And Oz Whale Watching

Congratulations to Sydney Princess Cruises Oz Whale Watching on achieving Advanced Ecotourism Certification for its tours, including: Oz Whale Watching, Sydney Harbour Discovery, and Sydney Princess Cruises Charters.

Sydney Princess Cruises provide a range of scheduled cruises and private function events on or from the beautiful Sydney Harbour. They also cater to your needs for birthdays, corporate, weddings or any special event.  A variety of tour packages include breakfast or lunch and cater to both adults and young children, and they include an informative, educational element to ensure guests receive the best experience offerable.

Sydney Princess Cruises have implemented several eco initiatives, including monitoring their emissions with an Australian government endorsed emissions calculator, they are active participants in Wild About Whales Sightings Network Whale Migration Monitoring Program, community fundraising for marine conservation projects, as well as contributing to and supporting other ECO Certified operators throughout Australia, such as the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center, where they have sponsored a recovering sea turtle named Jude.

Tours depart from King Street Wharf in Lime Street, Sydney NSW. To find out more about Sydney Princess Cruises,click here. To find out more about Oz Whale Watching, click here.

To find out more about Advanced Ecotourism certification, click here.

2013 NSW Tourism Award winners announced

This weekend saw the announcement of the 2013 NSW Tourism Award winners and Ecotourism Australia is once again excited to see the number of certified operators taking home the well-deserved gold.

This year, nine of our certified operators took home a total of twelve Gold awards across 21 categories of eligibility. Ecotourism Australia would like to send out a big congratulations to each of our certified operators taking home awards.

We were also proud to see two certified operators make it to the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame this year; Jenolan Caves: Written in Stone for Heritage and Cultural Tourism, and Moonshadow Cruises for Major Tour and/or Transport Operators.

Gold award winners for 2013 include:

Major Tourist Attractions – Taronga Zoo Sydney

Tourist Attractions – Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Ecotourism – Life’s an Adventure

Heritage & Cultural Tourism – Jenolan Caves: Written In Stone

Indigenous Tourism – Tri State Safaris/Mutawintji Eco Tours

Major Tour &/or Transport Operators – Moonshadow Cruises

Tour &/or Transport Operators – Life’s an Adventure

Adventure Tourism – Life’s an Adventure

Unique Accommodation – Billabong Retreat

New Tourism Development – TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism – Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat

Health & Well-Being Tourism – Billabong Retreat

Read more about the awards here.