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.

Audits Planned For NSW, QLD, NT And TAS Between March And June

We’re excited to announce that as part of Ecotourism Australia’s partnership with Conservation Volunteers (CV), on-site audits of ECO certified operators will be conducted across New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania between the months of March and June. This follows successful audits conducted on Victorian operators under the partnership over the December/January period.

On-site audits every three years are a core requirement of the ECO Certification Program, necessary to ensure compliance to our standards. The audits also provide the perfect opportunity for operators to speak with an environmental specialist, seek advice and feedback on current or planned initiatives, and showcase their hard work. Through EA’s partnership with CV, we hope to eliminate any negativity attached to auditing. The audit process is designed to be a supportive, constructive and communicative process helping operators to improve, not to merely seek out flaws or inadequacies.

Operators subject to audit are given 21 days’ notice, and on the day the audit process usually takes around three hours. As well as inspecting accommodations, facilities and tour vehicles or vessels, auditors review the documents that an operator in required to submit for their application to ensure they have been kept up-to-date. These plans include; business, marketing and operational management plans, environmental management and interpretation plans. Audits are also an opportunity for operators to upgrade to a higher level of certification if they have introduced new initiatives since they achieved certification.

We are looking forward to hearing more about our certified businesses and their operations, learning about new initiatives that may have been introduced, and further supporting our members commitment to strong environmental and ecotourism principals.

 To find out more about Ecotourism Australia and Conservation Volunteer’s partnership and audit program, please contact the EA office. 

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

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.

Wayoutback Australian Safaris have been awarded ROC certification

Advanced Ecotourism certified Wayoutback Australian Safaris has recently added ROC certification through their ECO IV certification upgrade.

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Wayoutback offers small group adventure camping safaris for an authentic taste of the Northern Territory outback. With products located in Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges in the Red Centre, plus – Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks in the Top End.

Wayoutback Desert Safaris is proud to be certified with the Respecting Our Culture (ROC) program for all safaris. They are firm proponents of giving their customers the opportunity to experience authentic indigenous interaction on all our tours so they get to hear stories and views from the original inhabitants about their land and their way of life.

Successfully reducing energy consumption Wayoutback monitors usage through the Alice Solar City Program. The program is an important procedure in combating climate change and reaching further certification.

In addition, upgrading to the ECOIV version of Advanced Ecotourism certification highlights Wayoutback’s sustained commitment to reducing environmental and social impacts.

For more information about ROC Certification, visit our website.

For more information about Wayoutback, visit their website.

Epicurious Travel gains Ecotourism Certification

Welcome to Epicurious Travel who have recently achieved Ecotourism Certification.

Ecotourism CertifiedEpicurious Travel aims at providing a complete experience to its guests involving cultural enrichment, local food and wine tasting, exploration and comfort. Their Australian tours explore pristine areas such as the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island and the MacDonnell Ranges.

Epicurious Travel promote responsible tourism through their walking tours and believe it is the only way to protect the visited areas which are often the most ecologically sensitive. Always supporting local communities and protecting the environment in their touring areas, they are committed to have only one type of impact – a positive one.

For information about Ecotourism Certification, please visit our website.

For information about Epicurious Travel or to make a booking, please visit their website.

Certified Operators Walk Away Winners

The Australian state tourism awards held recently have announced Ecotourism Australia’s Certified operators as winners.

A big congratulations goes out to Quenten Agius and Aboriginal Cultural Tours and Sinclair’s Gully who were inducted into the SA Tourism Hall of Fame. Quenten Agius and Aboriginal Cultural Tours won the Indigenous Tourism  category for a third year in a row. Quenten also walked away with a Silver for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

Sinclair’s Gully was inducted in to the SA Tourism Hall of Fame for receiving the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for a third year in a row. They also claimed the Ecotourism Award and received a gold medal for the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries category.

See below for the full list of Ecotourism Australia’s Certified operators who won at the 2012 State Tourism Awards:

The Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Award Winners

RACV 2012 Victorian Tourism Awards

The NSW Tourism Awards

  • Indigenous Tourism – Mutawintji Eco Tours/Tri State Safaris Climate Action Leader & Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Moonshadow Cruises Ecotourism Certified
  • Tour and/or Transport Operators – Tri State Safaris Climate Action Leader & Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Unique Accommodation – Somewhere UniqueClimate Action Innovator & Nature Tourism Certified 

The Queensland Tourism Awards

  • The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism – Wings Diving Adventures Advanced Ecotourism
  • Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Quicksilver Group Climate Action Innovator & Advanced Ecotourism
  • Tour and/or Transport Operators – Ocean Rafting Climate Action Innovator & Advanced Ecotourism
  • Adventure Tourism – Ocean Rafting Climate Action Innovator & Advanced Ecotourism
  • Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism – Reef HQ Aquarium ROC, Climate Action Business & Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Health and Wellbeing Tourism – Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat Ecotourism Certified

The South Australian Tourism Awards

The Tasmanian Tourism Awards

The WA Tourism Awards