Congratulations To Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours

Congratulations to Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours for achieving Nature Tourism Certification for their Camping Accommodation and Tag Along Tours.

Situated just five hours north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges, Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours offer guests the opportunity to explore the spectacular landscape and learn about the fascinating Indigenous history attached to the area, led by local Adnyamathanha guides, Reg and Auntie Enice.

Discover authentic Indigenous arts, history and culture while listening to Reg and Auntie Enice share the Dreaming Stories of their ancestors. Guests on tour have private access to the historic Oratunga Station in the Northern Flinders Ranges, and enjoy the opportunity to see ancient rock engravings, not assessable to the general public. Also available are Bush Camping or Shearers Quarters accommodation for the ultimate outback experience; join Reg and Auntie Enice around the camp fire as they share their stories and knowledge of the Flinders Ranges.

Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours operate with the principle aim to avoid environmental harm and minimise their impact, while maximising care for the environment and guest experience. They strive to continually improve their environmental performance, and regularly support local communities and organisations with established environmental programs and policies, like land management and catchment groups. The in depth interpretation offered on their tours educate guests to develop an appreciation and understanding of the Flinders Ranges and reduce their environmental footprint in sensitive bush areas.

Discover your adventurous spirit on popular walking trails around Wilpena Pound, watch as eagles soar overhead and spot the rare and threatened yellow footed rock wallabies hidden in rocky outcrops.

To find out more about Wakarla Glass Gorge Tours, 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.

Find out more about ECO certification here.


Congratulations to Yondah Beach House for achieving Ecotourism Certification

Congratulations to Yondah Beach House for achieving Ecotourism Certification.

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Award-winning Yondah Beach House is set on 300
oceanfront acres, with private sandy beaches, dramatic clifftop walks and panoramic views to Kangaroo Island, this gorgeous architect-designed beach house is the perfect place to unwind in comfort and style. Guests (both two and four-legged) can explore pristine areas of mallee scrub filled with spring flowers, birds and kangaroos or stroll along the clifftops to look for whales and visit Yondah’s resident family of fur seals. Or they can simply bask in the sun on a beautiful golden beach of their very own.

For more information on Yondah Beach House, click here.

For more information about Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification program, click here.

National Landscapes Signature Product & ECO Certification Workshop – 25 June Port Augusta

Ecotourism Australia will deliver an industry workshop to assist Flinders Ranges and Outback operators in achieving ECO certification and meeting the National Landscapes Signature Product Nature Criteria. South Australia Tourism Commission will also be running an international export ready component to the workshop. 

The workshop will be hosted by Natural Resources SA Arid Lands & Flinders Ranges National Landscapes Committee.

The workshop will be delivered by experienced, skilled and knowledgeable presenters from Ecotourism Australia & South Australia Tourism Industry Council.

Attendees of the workshop are provided with an exclusive offer to have their certification application fee paid for by Natural Resources SA Arid Lands should they apply for certification by Friday 30th May, 2014. Please complete an Expression of Interest form should you wish to participate and return it to Ecotourism Australia via email or fax.

If you have been thinking about ECO certification now is the time to register— you get the application for free and receive one-on-one onsite personalised coaching assistance! RSVP: COB Friday 30 May 2014: email or phone 07 3252 1530  Workshop Leaflet

Bike About are newly Advanced Ecotourism certified

imagesCongratulations to Bike About who have achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification for their Mountain Biking & Cycle Touring Camps and Environmental Sustainability Camping trips.

Bike About provides a service for schools (metro and regional), sporting clubs, youth groups, corporate groups, other outdoor adventure companies and the tourism industry.

Camps focus on geography, bush walking, cycling education (on & off road), bike maintenance, bike equipment and hire, adventure tourism and physical fitness.

To find out more about Bike About 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.

Coodlie Park achieves Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certification

PagePictures_Attraction02Congratulations to Coodlie Park for achieving Advanced Ecotourism and Respecting Our Culture (ROC) certification for Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, and for their ‘Australian Wildlife Adventures’ tours; Nullarbor Traveller, Great Australian Bight Safaris and Xplore Eyre.

images Situated on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Coodlie Park Farm Retreat offers three unique accommodation types; private cottages, budget dormitories and bush camping, all with access to a private beach and peaceful bush environment. There is also plenty of Aussie wildlife that call the Coodlie surrounds home and are regularly sighted nearby.

ROC LogoCoodlie Park is also a member of YHA, making it a part of the worldwide network of accredited International Hostels, and a registered Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) Host Farm.

Australian Wildlife Adventures offer experiences for all types. Nullarbor Traveller tours operate wildlife camping adventures between Adelaide and Perth for budget travellers, ranging from three to ten days in length. If you’re prefer a few more creature comforts, Great Australian Bight Safaris offer two to nine day, medium budget, all-inclusive, accommodated tours between Port Lincoln and Perth with a destination focus on the Eyre Peninsula. Alternatively, Xplore Eyre provides a more exclusive, personalised tour product with tailored two to eight day tours for groups of two to seven people. Each tour combines local knowlegde, fresh produce, and some amazing experiences.

There’s something for everyone at Coodlie Park!

To find out more about Coodlie Park, click here.

To find out more about Ecotourism Australia certification, click here.