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.

Ecotourism and ROC certification achieved by Kingfisher Tours

Congratulations to Kingfisher Tours our latest tourism operator to be awarded ECO Certification at the Ecotourism level as well as ROC certification.

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Kingfisher Tours is a proudly locally owned and operated scenic flight specialist located in Kununurra. Their range of tours are designed to showcase the very best of Australia’s spectacular landscape, history and cultural heritage.

The following products are certified:

Bungle Bungle Explorer Tours

Explore the world famous Bungle Bungles as well as some other unique highlights along the way. Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine, Cockburn Ranges, Wyndham and the Cambridge Gulf are all showcased making these flights a most spectacular and memorable experience.

Coastal Explorer Tours

Coastal flights that offer a truly panoramic experience of our rugged north, with its mighty river systems, majestic waterfalls and stunning coastline and beaches. Ground tours are included at Kalumburu community and Mitchell Plateau airfield along with refreshments.

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To find out more about Kingfisher Tours visit their website here.

For more information on Ecotourism Australia’s certification and certified operators visit our website.

Congratulations Coodlie Park on achieving Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification

Coodlie Park has achieved Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification.

Coodlie Park Farm Retreat offers a “surprisingly different” accommodation experience. Set on a large rural property with extensive facilities for visitors, Coodlie Park is located on the coast between Mount Camel Surf Beach and the spectacular Talia Caves (about 50 kilometers west of Elliston).Coodlie Park offers a unique wilderness experience on the property. Guests can enjoy their own private beach, cliff-top walk with outstanding views and Australian wildlife like kangaroos, native birds, emus and wombats.

Nullarbor Traveller, Great Australian Bight Safaris and Xplore Eyre operate under the umbrella of Australian Wildlife Adventures – showcasing the Real Australia. Tours operate between Adelaide and Perth (include the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Nullarbor, Esperance, Albany and Margaret River.

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For more information on Coodlie Park, visit their website here.

For more information on Ecotourism Australia’s ECO and ROC certification, please visit our website 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.

ROC Certification for Healesville Sanctuary

Congratulations to Healesville Sanctuary for achieving ROC Certification, to add up to their Advanced Ecotourism certification!

ROC LogoIdeal for a family visit, the sanctuary is a great way to see and learn about Australian wildlife. The Sanctuary is committed to fighting wildlife extinction and offers visitors the opportunity to come close up to unique Australian animals in a stunning bushland settings.

 Healesville Sanctuary operates a strong education program and deliver important messages about aboriginal culture and history and have a dedicated interpretation officer to coordinate their comprehensive interpretation program.

 

For more information about ROC Certification, visit our website.

For more information about Healesville Sanctuary, visit their website.

Profile of an ‘EcoPro’

Fiona Sleight of EcoPro Consultancy provides independent certification auditing services to Ecotourism Australia and has shared some insights into the role.

Fiona SleightThe success of the Ecotourism Australia certification programs is, I believe, its brand recognition which allows visitors to Australia to support accredited operators. Rigorous onsite audit of the adherence to certification standards play an integral role in maintaining the quality of Australian Ecotourism experiences.

I became an Auditor for Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs in 2005 when I established EcoPro Consultancy. I bring to the role a range of experience in Policy Development, Business Sustainability Assessment, Marketing and Tourism Operational Practice with Post Graduate Certification in Protected Area Management.

A passion for the environment and qualification as a PADI SCUBA Diving Instructor led me to work within the tourism industry of North Queensland. Accredited as an EcoGuide, I worked as senior marine interpreter for Quicksilver Dive and was responsible for establishing the company’s Dwarf Minke Whale Encounter Tour. This allowed for my tour guiding to be at the cutting edge of minimum impact experiences and I was honoured in  2003 to be awarded the National EcoGuide Award for Excellence at the Adelaide Ecotourism Conference.

Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs are, in the first instance, based on self-assessment application. Subsequent onsite audits play a crucial role in monitoring and maintaining the credibility of these programs.  Onsite Audits aim to ensure certification standards are being met and to identify any required corrective actions. Auditors bring a wealth of experience to the process and provide tourism operators with an opportunity to discuss areas for future innovation and ongoing improvement. Qualification as a RABQSA Environmental Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor is required to conduct onsite certification audit services for Ecotourism Australia.

I am privileged to have conducted audits at many superb locations and with some truly inspiring tourism operators in both Queensland and Victoria. My role as an auditor is rewarding and continues to highlight to me the extraordinary richness of Australia’s natural assets and the growing diversity of sustainable tourism ventures, which offer a range of awe- inspiring experiences to visitors in Australia. ’

EcoPro Consultancy provides professional services to tourism operators to facilitate the process of tourism certification and guide the development of environmental management systems, emissions audit and best practice in sustainable tourism.

If you would like to contact Fiona, you can reach her on 0427 236 923 or at fiona@ecopro.com.au

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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.