EcoTreasures, a young tour company based in Sydney, have incorporated an initiative into their Manly Coastal Walks to remove marine debris from penguin habitats.
The tour company specialises in Ecotourism experiences on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. EcoTreasures have been lucky to host a range of international study tour students visiting Sydney this winter, who have been participating in the initiative. The students arrive in Australia for short stays of generally 7-14 days, which consist of English lessons and Australian tour experiences. EcoTreasures owner, Damien McClellan, has been happy to host the students on his tours and to incorporate a new element into the half-day adventure, with a purpose to clean up marine debris that accumulates in the natural environment known to be a prime habitat for Little Penguins.
Mr McClellan has been very proud to run these tours, which highlight a range of environmental awareness messages, and mentions, “when we visit the little penguin habit at Collins Beach in Sydney Harbour National Park we conduct a beach clean-up. The students always put in 110% and we remove as much marine debris from the catchment as possible. We are all giving back to the location we are appreciating for it’s natural beauty, and I’m proud of all these international guests caring for Australia’s environment.”
The tours offer a great display of Sydney’s natural setting right on the city’s door step. Mr McClellan also adds “the students and teachers really enjoy their experience on the walk around Manly, we visit the beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, Cabbage tree Aquatic reserve and Manly suburbs all in a half day adventure. We always keep the walk fun and engaging by identifying native plants & searching for Whales from land with binoculars and other wildlife along the way”.
EcoTreasures was founded in 2010 by Damien McClellan, the business is looking forward to working with more partners in the future, developing new ecotourism initiatives for a range of target markets, and keeping it fun is part of the plan. EcoTreasures is Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified.
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