AUGUST ADVENTURES: WATER

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next holiday on the water. To help you out we’ve found a few of the more adventurous water-based ecotourism experiences that our incredible Ecotourism Australia certified tour operators have on offer. Prepare to be inspired!

GREAT OCEAN ROAD SURF TOURS (VIC)

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Passionate about people, nature and all things surfing, the staff at Great Ocean Road Surf Tours want to take you on the ultimate ride.

Great Ocean Roads Surf Tours make learning how to surf and improving your surfing an easy, fun and unforgettable experience, with lessons and tours that can be tailored to individual or group needs, wants and skill levels.

For beginners, the 1-Day Surf Tour is a great place to start. You’ll learn about beach and ocean awareness before being given an easy to follow, detailed surf lesson with hands-on coaching. For the more experienced surfers out there looking to improve their ability, there is Next Level Surf Coaching. This option includes surf coaching and video analysis in half day, full day, squad coaching and weekend camps. How awesome!

So, if you’ve always wanted to give surfing a go or you want to take your surfing to the next level, look no further. Check out their website for more information. www.gorsurftours.com.au/

ADVENTURE BAY CHARTERS (SA)

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To all you thrill seekers out there, why not join Adventure Bay Charters for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Australia’s legendary great white sharks?

Offering a unique, all-inclusive eco-alternative to traditional shark cage diving, Adventure Bay Charters were Australia’s first Advanced Ecotourism certified white shark tour and shark cage diving experience, using MUSIC to attract sharks to its vessel, instead of traditional baits and berleys.

Why music? Because caring for the sharks and the marine environment is one of Adventure Bay Charters’ top priorities. By using music instead of food to lure these majestic creatures, not only do visitors get the opportunity to rock out with an apex predator, but it’s much less harmful to the sharks. Unlike baits and berleys, music encourages sharks to investigate without becoming aggravated. This prevents unnecessary physical harm caused to sharks by attacking the shark cage and boat.

So, don’t wait around! With their small group sizes and the world’s first world’s first aqua sub, Adventure Bay Charters can offer participants multiple diving opportunities and the best chance of seeing sharks in the wild.

adventurebaycharters.com.au/

NITMILUK TOURS (NT)

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Winding along 12km of sheer rock and extending more than 70m high, Nitmiluk Gorge is a breathtaking maze of waterways, sculpted into the landscape over millions of years by the incredible Katherine River.

Nitmiluk Tours is an operator in the area that specialises in experiences that explore the Nitmiluk Gorge, immersing visitors in the history, rugged beauty and culture of the Northern Territory.

One of the most exciting ways Nitmiluk Tours allows you to get up close and personal with the mesmerising Nitmiluk Gorge is by allowing you to canoe your way through its many wonders. With single and twin canoes available for half day or full day hire, visitors can go out and enjoy the tranquillity, either by themselves or with family and friends.

As a world-renowned destination for Australian wildlife and Indigenous history, some other amazing opportunities and activities to check out whilst you’re in the Nitmiluk National Park include: Nitmiluk Gorge Cruises, the Footsteps of our Ancestors tour and the Nitmiluk Caravan and Camping sites.

For more information on Nitmiluk Tours, check out their website

RNR WHITE WATER RAFTING (QLD)

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RnR White Water Rafting are white water rafting specialists here in Australia, offering breath-taking scenery and five-star rafting experiences on Queensland’s Barron and Tully Rivers.

With no experience necessary, RnR is a fun and exciting activity for the whole family, and a great way to discover the pristine rainforest and beautiful rivers of Tropical North Queensland.

Something else that’s great about RnR is that they have departures all year round. So, if now isn’t the perfect time for you to go on holiday, don’t worry! The rapids aren’t going anywhere or closing anytime soon. Just jump online and pick a date/time that works best for you. 

 

CAIRNS DIVE CENTRE (QLD)

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Proudly operating throughout the Great Barrier Reef and Fitzroy Island along the beautiful coast of Queensland, Cairns Dive Centre is one of the largest scuba training agencies in the world. Offering day cruises and live aboard trips for snorkelers and divers as well as dive courses from open water to dive instructor.

So, whether you’re wanting to do a Day trip to Fitzroy Island, Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sign-up for a Learn to Dive Course or just looking to further your diving education, Cairns Dive Centre has you covered.

Let them take you on an adventure full of beautiful hard and soft corals, great drop-offs, exciting walls and spectacular swim-throughs. Not to mention, if you’re lucky, you may even get to see some of the reef’s spectacular local wildlife. Who wouldn’t love to see some clown fish, stingrays, reef sharks and turtles!

DISCOVERY ONE KIMBERLEY CRUISES (WA)

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If you prefer to adventure without getting your feet wet, Discovery One will take you on an unforgettable experience, allowing you to discover the Kimberley Coasts’ unspoilt wilderness from the safety and comfort of a vessel.

Visitors are given the opportunity to explore ancient rock art and geological wonders, magnificent waterfalls, stunning sunsets, picturesque rock pools, curious wildlife, secret beaches and so much more! With special up-close experiences, and a marvellously comfortable, relaxed feel that’s only made possible by small group sizes and the use of a beautiful catamaran (25ft), instead of a larger cruise ship, you’re sure to learn something new and get a new understanding of this special part of the world.

So, do yourself a favour, and find out how to book your very own Kimberley Cruise now.

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Ecotourism in Australia delivers over 14,000 direct jobs and $1.6 billion annual revenue

Australia’s ecotourism industry directly employs over 14,000 people and contributes a combined annual revenue of $1.6 billion, according to findings of an Ecotourism Australia membership analysis this week.

These figures, drawn from Ecotourism Australia’s 500 high standard tour operator members, translate to a 54% increase in jobs and a 14% increase in annual revenue in the past two years.
 
“Ninety-six per cent of our members operate in rural and regional Australia, so these numbers clearly demonstrate the positive impact ecotourism businesses are having in regions, said Ecotourism Australia CEO, Rod Hillman.
 
“These are real jobs that encourage people to stay in our regions, invest in regions and build our communities.”
 
On a state basis Queensland remains a strong leader, with ongoing good growth in revenue and job creation, and Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia also showing solid growth.
 
“The growth in jobs over the past two years is truly remarkable, with states like South Australia doubling its job numbers,” says Rod Hillman. “All states have increased their employment by between 20% and 100%.”
 
Other findings from the analysis include:

  • Victoria and the Northern Territory have slipped slightly in annual revenue but have made improvements in job creation – Victoria by 80% and the Northern Territory by 19%
  • Tasmania has shown a dramatic 40% growth in revenue and an 18% increase in employment
  • Western Australia had an 11% increase in revenue with a strong employment increase of 40%
  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory had steady revenue growth of 23% and the same growth in employment
  • Queensland had solid employment growth of 64% with annual revenue growing by 18%
  • South Australia has doubled its employment and grown its annual revenue by 18%

In summary, Rod Hillman notes, “ecotourism is an important contributor to sustainable and thriving regional communities. Ecotourism businesses create and maintain sustainable employment and bring – and keep – revenue in regions.”

 

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For questions and comments, please contact Rod Hillman – CEO: 0427 279 414

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