Congratulations To Sugarbag Safaris!

 Congratulations to Sugarbag Safaris for achieving Respecting Our Culture (ROC) certification, and Ecotourism certification for their 5 Day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Tour, and Private Tours.

Operating out of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Sugarbag Safaris take guests on unforgettable Private tailored or 5 Day Tours visiting World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks, and Arnhemland. Sugarbag Safaris are privately owned and expertly led by award-winning EcoGuide of Australia certified guide, Hamish Clarke. Guests enjoy his 17 years of guiding experience, and eclectic local knowledge of the flora, fauna and culture of the Top End.

Hamish is dedicated to developing in his guests an appreciation for the natural wonders and Traditional Indigenous Culture of the Top End while identifying the environmental impact of human influence. He works closely with National Park Agencies to conserve the environment in which he operates, participating in conservation programs and reforestation, feral animal and erosion control, and monitoring programs. He also supports local initiatives in the best interest of sustainable development and preservation of the natural environment. His close personal relationship with the local Indigenous community also guarantees a quality, genuine cultural experience.

Whether your interest is bird watching, nature and wildlife photography, bushwalking, bush tucker, local history or just soaking in all the Top End has to offer, Hamish’s expertise will ensure you an in-depth experience like no other. Hamish is renowned for his commitment to customer safety, passion for the outdoors, his sense of humour – as well as for cooking up a mean steak over the coals!

To find out more about Sugarbag Safaris, visit their website.

Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris achieve Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification

imagesROC LogoCongratulations to Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris for upgrading from Nature Tourism to Advanced Ecotourism certification, while also achieving ROC certification.

Experience ancient Aboriginal culture, stunning scenery, towering red escarpments, colorful history, Aboriginal Rock Art, Mystical Arnhem Land, beautiful billabongs, pristine waterfalls with passionate guides to interpret these to you.

whychoose1Lord’s Safaris has operated unique, tailored luxury tours throughout Kakadu, Katherine, Litchfield, Arnhem Land and the Kimberley since 1990. Lord’s Safaris are privileged to have access to the most culturally historic sites in Australia’s Northern Territory.

For more information on ECO and ROC certification.

For more information on Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris, visit their website.

Koongarra Joins Kakadu National Park

The introduction to the House of Representatives legislation to reincorporate the Koongarra mineral lease into Kakadu National Park has been welcomed by many.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam paid tribute to the efforts of Traditional Owner Jeffrey Lee, who was in the public gallery when the Bill was introduced.

“Djok Elder Jeffrey Lee fought for many years to protect his country against powerful uranium interests. Koongarra was finally recognised in June 2011 by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for having both cultural and environmental significance. Mr Lee has acknowledged the support from the Mirarr people; especially their senior traditional owner, Ms Yvonne Margarula.”

“The 1,228 hectare area of Koongarra should have been in Kakadu long ago, but will finally have the protection it deserves upon passage of this Bill. This is a win for the long term future of the region and a big step forward for the integrity of the Kakadu World Heritage area.”

In an ironic twist, the Government has titled the legislation the Completion of Kakadu National Park Bill.

“Kakadu will not be ‘complete’ until the Ranger and Jabiluka mineral leases have been reincorporated into the Park and custodianship restored to the Traditional Owners of the area. Critical to this will be the massive task of clean-up and rehabilitation at Ranger.

“For today though, we can all celebrate this outcome, which is supported by all parties in the Parliament”.

Koongarra lies in the shadow of Nourlangie Rock, one of Kakadu’s most popular visitor destinations, with rock art galleries that bear witness to the close relationship Aboriginal people have with their land and spiritual heritage.

On its other side, Koongarra faces Lightning Dreaming, home of Namarrgon or Lightning Man, the creation ancestor responsible for the dramatic electrical storms on the Arnhem plateau.

Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke emphasized the significance of the legislation.

“Koongarra will have the full protection of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 and as part of Kakadu, mining will be prohibited forever.”

“This historic moment is testament to the untiring work of traditional owner Jeffrey Lee, who has fought for years to preserve his country for future generations. We are proud to honour the wishes of the land’s traditional owners and to protect one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks for our children and grandchildren.”

For more information about Kakadu National Park visit their website.