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.

Congratulations to Cooloola Eco Tours

Congratulations to Cooloola Eco Tours for achieving Ecotourism and Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certifications for its tours; Cafe & Culture Tour, Tastebud-Tag-along Tour and the Eat-Drink-Walk Tour.

Cooloola Eco Tours is situated on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, operating within the Cooloola Recreation Area of the Great Sandy National Park, and based at Rainbow Beach. They aim to provide a natural, sustainable and cultural recreational experience for visitors with an emphasis on fun, education, appreciation of the environment and traveller responsibility. At the same time, they focuses on protecting the natural environment in which they operate and reducing their impact.

Cooloola Eco Tours work hard to keep their environmental impact to a minimum across all areas of their business operation, from using only recycled materials for their business cards and brochures, to working closely with their local community to produce carrier bags for their guests, and sourcing local and regional produce to showcase on all of their tours. Guests enjoy the ultimate Rainbow Beach experience, from the sand in their toes, right through to the food they eat.

Cooloola Eco Tours has many bright goals for the future, striving for continuous improvement, particularly when it comes to sustainability. Their website is currently under development, however, you can find out more about Cooloola Eco Tours by visiting their Facebook page here.

Congratulations To Straddie Camping

Congratulations to Straddie Camping on achieving the trifecta of Ecotourism Australia certification: Advanced Ecotourism, Respecting Our Culture, and Climate Action Business certifications!

Straddie Camping offers a diverse range of camping and accommodation options across various locations on North Stradbroke Island. They have just achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification for their campsites at Cylinder Beach, Adder Rock and Amity Point. Straddie Camping offer a more ‘back to nature’ camping getaway, with hundreds of powered and un-powered camping sites nestled among sand dunes overlooking the island’s iconic beaches.

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Straddie Camping are dedicated to protecting their environment, are actively working towards neutralising their carbon footprint, and have recently implemented a carbon offset option for all guests. They are also heavily engaged with the local Quandamooka community and offer a number of cultural experiences run by Indigenous guides, including interactive and educational demonstrations by local Indigenous artists and storytellers.

“Through consultations with our Elders and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, we work together to protect our lands and sea country in many ways, including taking part in cultural heritage management, Environmental Impact Assessments, negotiating over developments, educating the public and maintaining land and sea management responsibilities. Caring for our Country is our business.”

North Stradbroke Island is accessible by Ferry, and is an easy drive from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, making it a fantastic weekender destination, but the Island has so much to offer, you’ll want to make it an extended getaway!

Find out more here: http://www.straddiecamping.com.au/home

Learn more about Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs 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

Under Down Under Tours ROCk Tassie tourism

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Ecotourism Australia would like to send out a big congratulations to Under Down Under Tours, the first tourism operator in Tasmania to achieve our Respecting Our Culture (ROC) certification.

Under Down Under has held Advanced Ecotourism Certification for fifteen of their tour products for a number of years and is also an Ecotourism Australia Green Travel Leader. They are pioneers for budget adventure tourism in Tasmania and pride themselves in offering relaxed and unforgettable experiences with minimal impact on the fragile and unique Tasmanian environment.

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Under Down Under offer a wide range of adventure tour experiences, with a focus on respecting natural environments, for independent travellers, backpackers and small groups. Ranging from day trips to 9-day expeditions, tours cover all the Tassie highlights and offer optional extras for those seeking a more challenging and adventurous experience.

To find out more about Down Under Tours or to book your own Tasmanian tour, click here.

To find out more about ROC certification, click here.

Congratulations to EcoTreasures for achieving ROC Certification

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Well done EcoTreasures for achieving Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certification for their business, which already had seven Advanced Ecotourism certified experiences.

EcoTreasures specialises in Ecotourism experiences in Sydney’s Northern Beaches area and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW. They currently offer a range of tours, including:

  • Northern Beaches Cultural Heritage Tour
  • Manly Snorkel, Walk and Talk Tour
  • Sydney Coastal Experience Tour
  • Coastal Walks
  • Aboriginal Heritage Harbour Walk
  • Sydney Hidden Treasures Tour
  • Eco Volunteer Adventure

EcoTreasures pride themselves in offering unforgettable tour experiences that are enjoyable, educational and leave a lasting and positive message about environmental responsibility. Their tours offer unique interpretation of Australian wildlife, environment and fun things to do in Sydney while celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage. EcoTreasures Indigenous Guided Tours, lead by Expert Cultural Guide ‘Uncle Kev’ (pictured above left), offer a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Culture and discover cultural sites including rock art and engravings.

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For more information or to book a tour for yourself, click here to visit the EcoTreasures website.

For more information on ROC Certification, click here.

Sea Darwin have achieved ROC and Climate Action Business

Sea Darwin have achieved ROC and Climate Action Business to add to their Advanced ECO Certification

Sea Darwin has recently achieved Respecting Our Culture (ROC) and Climate Action Business Certification to add to their existing Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

Sea Darwin conduct marine based ecotours on Darwin Harbour and the surrounding salt water country. Sea Darwin specializes in habitat, history and intrigue.  Products range from a one hour history interpretation around Darwin Harbour foreshore to the signature product an 8 hour sunset safari to a remote island location to witness the nesting of the flat back turtle.

Embracing the concept of sustainable tourism, all tour practices on Sea Darwin tours have been developed and are managed with the aim of conserving the top end salt water environment and the habitat and cultural environment of Bare Sand Island.  For Sea Darwin, the journey of sustainability continues.

For more information on Sea Darwin, please visit their website.

For information about ROC and Climate Action Certification, please visit our Website.