Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat awarded full registration for “Land for Wildlife” program

Ecotourism certified Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has been recognised for their ongoing efforts in environmental activity, habitat restoration and regeneration through recently being awarded full registration for their “Land for Wildlife” program by the Gold Coast City Council.

In their new program, Gwinganna partners up with the Conservation Partnership Officers. Together they aim to protect and improve native vegetation and wildlife on Gwinganna’s property, ranging from the critical corners of Currumbin and Burleigh-Springbrook to the east-west corridors of the coastal lowlands to the foothills and ranges. Full registration for the program demonstrates the government’s respect for Gwinganna’s work in their local environment.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is located in a hidden region of the Tallebudgera Valley, which is only a short drive away from the Gold Coast Airport and Burleigh Heads Beach. By the end of March, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat will have been certified by Ecotourism Australia for 5 years. They combine organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with delicious organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars in a dedicated low tech environment. Fully Inclusive packages are from two to seven days in length.

Additionally, under the guidance of Wildcare Australia Inc Gwinganna have been able to release an injured koala, a 2 year old female named Sherbert (pictured), back into the wild after she was cared for at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital.

To find out more about Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, click here.

Blown minds and blow holes

The team at Fowlers Bay Eco Park, situated on the Great Australian Bite of South Australia, wrote to us recently to spread the word about the fantastic whale watching season they are having; sightings have been blowing the minds of many tourists on their waterborne whale watching experiences all season.

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You may have heard reports on the news all around the country that this season has been an absolute ripper for whale watching as thousands of whales, including humpbacks and southern right whales, migrate north from Antarctica to mate and calve. “Whale slaps man” and a visit from Migaloo the rare white humpback have been particular highlights.

According to the Fowlers Bay Eco Park team, “this has certainly been one of those seasons where you can ditch the binoculars! It’s been an incredible up close and personal experience for so many of our passengers”. They also stress that the season is quickly coming to a close, with only one month left and possibly only a couple of weeks remaining for prime viewing before the gentle giants continue South once more.

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Fowlers Bay Eco Park have also been working with a team of whale research scientists and have made several breakthroughs with photo ID’s of specific whales that have travelled the entire South Coast of Australia, matching them with sightings from previous years at Head of Bight, SA and Victor Harbour, SA. They look forward to progressing with further research next year.

To find out more about Fowlers Bay Eco Park whale watching boat tours or to book your own tour, click here.

To find other Ecotourism Australia certified whale watching experiences all around the Australian Coast, click here.

Under Down Under Tours ROCk Tassie tourism

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Ecotourism Australia would like to send out a big congratulations to Under Down Under Tours, the first tourism operator in Tasmania to achieve our Respecting Our Culture (ROC) certification.

Under Down Under has held Advanced Ecotourism Certification for fifteen of their tour products for a number of years and is also an Ecotourism Australia Green Travel Leader. They are pioneers for budget adventure tourism in Tasmania and pride themselves in offering relaxed and unforgettable experiences with minimal impact on the fragile and unique Tasmanian environment.

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Under Down Under offer a wide range of adventure tour experiences, with a focus on respecting natural environments, for independent travellers, backpackers and small groups. Ranging from day trips to 9-day expeditions, tours cover all the Tassie highlights and offer optional extras for those seeking a more challenging and adventurous experience.

To find out more about Down Under Tours or to book your own Tasmanian tour, click here.

To find out more about ROC certification, click here.