Congratulations To Peninsula Hot Springs

Congratulations to Peninsula Hot Springs on achieving Nature Tourism certification for their Natural Thermal Mineral Spring Baths that offer a great opportunity for guests to enjoy nature and relax.

Officially opened in 2005, Peninsula Hot Springs (PHS) is the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria, located just 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into more than 30 pools, private baths and other bathing experiences from a geothermal aquifer 637 metres below the surface. Peninsula Hot Springs is a multi-award winning ecotourism attraction that sees more than 440,000 visitors per year. Entering the bathing area is like stepping into another world, a sanctuary where mind and body can relax in the beautiful natural surrounds.

Peninsula Hot Springs focuses on balancing the relationship between business and environment, incorporating sound environmental practices into every facet from initial construction through to daily management. They work towards the ultimate goal of developing an ecotourism facility which is recognised as a world leader in environmentally sound, minimal impact resort management. Well on their way to achieving this goal, they have introduced projects and policies for the protection and re-vegetation if their surrounding indigenous landscape, weed and pest management, protection of potential Aboriginal archaeological sites, waste, water and energy consumption.

Peninsula Hot Springs have also developed a climate change action policy through the engagement of an environmental consultant, which promises to educate guests on relevant environmental issues and climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate their environmental impact, and sourcing local, sustainable produce and engaging sustainable service providers.

To find out more about Peninsula Hot Spring, please visit their website.

Congratulations To South West Eco Discoveries

Congratulations to South West Eco Discoveries for achieving Nature Tourism Certification for their Eco Tours.

South West Eco Discoveries are a new tour operator based out of Abbey, WA with their half day Eco Tours taking guests through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in WA’s Margaret River region. Tours operate all year round and are tailored to suit each season to ensure guests always receive the best experience possible.

Owned and operated by brothers and experienced guides, Michael and Ryan White, with a life-time of local knowledge to share, South West Eco Discoveries pride themselves on providing comfortable, well-catered tours that focus on the natural environment. Obtaining Nature Tourism certification right off the bat, they strive to keep their environmental impact to a bare minimum and keep in close communication with the National Park to help achieve their conservation goals.

South West Eco Discoveries has a deep respect for the natural environment in which they operate, and they are passionate about helping guests appreciate the ecological vulnerability of the National Park. During tours Michael and Ryan share their knowledge and educate their guests on how they can reduce their impact and contribute positively to the environment. This remains at the core of their business and is evident right through from their SATRA tested footwear, to recycling old abalone shells caught by professional fishermen to use as souvenirs, to Michael’s involvement with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife as a volunteer reptile handler.

To find out more about South West Eco Discoveries, visit their website.

New ParkFinder WA smartphone App enables greater Park experience

The Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has just launched a fantastic new smartphone app that enables users to plan their outdoor adventures with the tap of a finger.

The user-friendly ParkFinder App allows users to search hundred of sites within more than 150 different Parks in Western Australia by map, park name, and parks near you. It also allows users to filter search results by available activities and facilities, and displays alerts for closures, hazards and upcoming camping vacancies.

All data is downloaded to the users phone, also enabling offline and out-of-range access to park information. You can save favourites parks and sites, share with friends on social media, and write reviews, all while the app stays perpetually up-to-date through linking to the Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks website.

The Parkfinder app is part of the $21.05 million, four-year Parks for People initiative that is expanding camping and visitor experiences in parks and reserves throughout WA. Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, says the app is part of a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out as part of the initiative. “More mobile resources will be rolled out soon including a camping checklist app for Western Australia, a Trailfinder app and mobile flora and fauna guides,” he said.

The introduction of the innovative tool sets a new benchmark for tourism in our parks, enabling a greater park experience and encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

Find out more about the Parkfinder-WA app here.

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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.

Skytrek Willow Springs Station Achieve Nature Tourism Certification

Nature Tourism CertifiedCongratulations to Skytrek Willow Springs Station for achieving Nature Tourism certification!

Willow Springs Station is a typical working sheep station in the Flinders Ranges that offers true bush hospitality and quiet, secluded settings. They offer private and comfortable accommodation for small or large groups, and bush campsites with amenities. In addition to their accommodation offering, Willow Springs also offer 4WDing on the popular Skytrek, Guided 4WD tours on and off the property, and marked walking trails.

The Reynolds family have been operating the Station, and now the ecotourism destination, since the mid-1900’s. They strive to educate their guests on sustainability, and encourage them to reduce their carbon footprint, while offering a unique and genuine bush experience. The Reynolds family also work closely with the Ecosystems Management Understanding Program (EMU), a South Australian initiative to gain greater awareness of ecosystem components and linkages, and take a holistic approach to property management beyond the property boundary, that is improving production, environmental and social outcomes. Check out the video below, which highlights their efforts with the EMU program.

Find out more about Skytrek Willow Springs Station here.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary becomes Nature Tourism Certified

Nature Tourism CertifiedLone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located in Brisbane, has just achieved Nature Tourism certification. In a natural setting along the river, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary currently have 130 koalas as permanent residents along with kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and other native Australian animals.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also one of the few places where visitors are able to hold a koala and have their photo taken or feed the kangaroos that roam free. Shows run throughout the day showcasing the different animals in an educational format with activities for the younger children to also get involved. For the bolder visitors you can have your photo taken while you hold a snake or baby crocodile.

Founded in 1927, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary have continuously shown their dedication towards conservation and education to the public about Australian species that are under threat.

For more information on Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, visit their website.

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1770 Castaway achieves Nature Tourism Certification

Nature Tourism Certified

Congratulations to 1770 Castaway for achieving Nature Tourism Certification for their 3 day/2 night camping adventure.

1770 Castaway Camp is survival style camping adventure located on Middle Island, within the Eurimbula National Park north of the Town of 1770, Queensland.

Guests are delivered to the island by way of light aircraft, landing on the aptly named “Aircraft Beach’ for a 3 day/2 night camping experience. On the island, hiking tracks, kayaks and a friendly camp supervisor enable visitors to fully immerse themselves in the isolated and pristine coastal environment.

To find out more about 1770 Castaway camping trips, click here.

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