Congratulations To Ocean Park Aquarium

Congratulations to Ocean Park Aquarium for achieving Ecotourism certification for their Aquarium Tours and 4WD Adventure Tours.

Ocean Park is an award-winning, Eco-friendly aquarium located on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park in Western Australia. Guests may explore the wonders of the marine park with a marine scientist on a fun, highly educational guided tour of the aquarium. In the company of a marine scientists, guests are guaranteed a fun and highly educational experience, as they watch shark feeding, meet rescued sea turtles, and see venomous sea snakes and stonefish. Alternatively, guests can take a 4WD tour exploring the rugged terrain of the World Heritage listed Shark Bay, Steep Point, and Francois Person National Park on a fully guided eco tour.

Ocean Park Aquarium has a comprehensive Environmental Policy to ensure they operate in the most sustainable way possible. The Ocean Park is powered by one of the largest private solar installations in Western Australia, generating 273 kilowatt hours each day. The installation powers the parks lighting and pump systems, as well as a reverse osmosis desalination unit for generating fresh water. The educational guided tours of Ocean Park Aquarium engage the public in sustainable thinking by promoting ecosystem understanding. They also look out for the environment in which they operate by contributing to the conservation objectives of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Shark Bay Marine Park, Francois Peron National Park and Edel Land. The Ocean Park is also a rehabilitation centre for injured marine reptiles, working with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife to care for injured marine life and release them back into the wild.

To find out more about Ocean Park Aquarium, please visit their website.

Boat Club Adventure Cruises achieves Ecotourism Certification

Congratulations to Boat Club Adventure Cruises for achieving Ecotourism Certification for its tours; Whale Watch Cruise, Mary River Cruise, Great Sandy Straits Cruise and Activity Cruise.

Boat Club Adventure Cruises offer a range of affordable cruise options to showcase the beauty & diversity of Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, and The Great Sandy Marine Park. Tours depart from Hervey Bay and showcase the best of the region, its wildlife and natural beauty. With more than 15 years of experience the crew around Captain Phil House delivers a remarkable experience, transferring his great knowledge and passion to all guests. Cruises provide unforgettable opportunities to see dolphins, dugongs, turtles, and abundant bird species in the protected wetland area, as well as a chance to witness the annual humpback whale migration.

Boat Club Adventure Cruises has been awarded Ecotourism certification as a result of their sustainable best practice operations and motivation to increase visitor education and environmental awareness. They display great effort in incorporating a variety of eco-initiatives. They are active participants in the Eye on the Reef and Reef Rescue programs, they utilise vessels constructed to guarantee low impact on surrounding ecosystems and operate vessels with an aim to keep energy and water usage at a minimum, and they closely monitor and record all waste and environmental impacts.

Find out more about Boat Club Adventure Cruises here.

Find out more about ECO certification here

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.

Cicada Lodge achieves Ecotourism and ROC certification

Congratulations to Cicada Lodge for achieving Ecotourism and ROC certification!

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Cicada Lodge is the Northern Territories’ latest eco-luxury resort. 300kms South of Darwin and only 32kms from the Katherine town centre, Cicada Lodge is located in the pristine wilderness area of Nitmiluk National Park surrounded by rocky cliffs and cascading waterfalls.

The lodge is intrinsically involved with the Jawoyn people who are the traditional owners of the land. As a joint venture between the Jawoyn people and Indigenous Business People (IBA), Cicada Lodge ‘brings a new element of quality, service and authenticity’ to the Katherine region.

With packages at Cicada Lodge covering everything from world class accommodation, adventure tours and a dining experience completely catered to showing off native Australian foods, you’ll be sure to find something to make your experience in the top end unforgettable.

For more information on Cicada Lodge, click here

For more information on Ecotourism and ROC certification please visit our website, click here

Torquay Surfing Academy achieves Ecotourism certification

Ecotourism CertifiedCongratulations to Torquay Surfing Academy for achieving Ecotourism certification.

Torquay Surfing Academy offers surf lessons and equipment hire at various locations along Victoria’s Surf Coast, with their primary office based in Torquay. They offer sessions for beginners to advanced surfers, and lessons are available in a variety of different formats including; one-on-one coaching, small group sessions, and large school or corporate group sessions. All lessons are performed on local beaches by highly experienced staff and will allow visitors to experience an unforgettable surf lesson!

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Torquay Surfing Academy also offer a five day surf camp. All sessions are filmed and photographed and all guests are offered access to footage at the end of the the experience.

To find out more about Torquay Surfing Academy or to book your own lesson, click here.

To find out more about Ecotourism certification, click here.

EA certified operators soar into Qantas Hall of Fame

The Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism was first launched in 2008, and each year since 2009, the national winners have all held Ecotourism Australia certification. To win the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism is an outstanding achievement. The award aims “to encourage sustainable growth and support tourism businesses that protect, enhance and promote our distinctive destinations and environment.”

Congratulations to Qantas Hall of Fame members:
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (2012 National Winner)
Lane Cove River Tourist Park (2011 National Winner)
Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat (2010 Joint National Winner)
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (2010 Joint National Winner)
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (2009 National Winner)

We’re proud of you!

For more information on the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism,
click here.

To find out more about our winning EA certified operators, click here.

Congratulations to the Newly Certified EcoGuides

Congratulations to all newly certified EcoGuides who have recently come on board!

When visitors are travelling with a certified EcoGuide they are guaranteed a guide who is committed to providing quality nature tourism and ecotourism experiences in a safe, culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable manner.

Newly certified EcoGuides:

  • Massimo Bianco from Tropical Horizons Tours. Tropical Horizons Tours are Ecotourism certified.
  • Jim Smith from Sea Darwin. Sea Darwin are ROC, Climate Action Business and Advanced Ecotourism certified.

For more information on the EcoGuide Certification program please visit our website.