Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Mindful Travel Solutions is a small travel agency with a difference. Under the motto of ‘by travelling the world, we can make a world of difference,’ this company, run by passionate traveller Amanda, focuses on providing travel memories that last a lifetime while preserving the things travellers love most about the places they visit – the people, animals and environment.
While Mindful Travel Solutions provide travel agency services for worldwide adventures, they specialise in eco stays in Australia and Asia and donate 10% of all their profits to Cambodian charities focused on creating educational opportunities and scholarships, protecting against child trafficking and providing food and supplies to those in need.
Amanda has over a decade of travel sales experience and a degree in international development, making her the perfect person to ensure her clients’ holidays leave lasting positive memories, not lasting negative impacts. She cares deeply about both her clients and the destinations she sends them to, and it’s this focus on genuine care and connection which sets her travel agency apart.
Based in Melbourne but easily contactable online, Mindful Travel Solutions offers genuine, personalised service, flexible payment options and a fantastic option for those seeking memorable, ethical and responsible travel experiences.
To find out more, visit the Mindful Travel Solutions website.
[Images: Mindful Travel Solutions]
Congratulations to BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort for achieving Ecotourism Certification!
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is located in Airlie Beach and offers self-contained holiday cabins as well as camping and caravan sites. The family-owned business is one of Queensland’s leading resort holiday parks with onsite activities for the whole family.
For BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, preserving and protecting the area’s ecosystems and natural resources is a priority. The resort has an on-site nursery that propagates every plant used throughout the park. You can find plants like neem tress across the resort, a native deterrent for sandflies, as well as numerous flowering tropical trees and shrubs to attract native butterflies and birdlife.
Local residents include wallabies, bandicoots, ducks and green tree frogs and the resort is committed to educating guests on how to not interfere with wildlife, encouraging them to only take photos.
The resort provides a true eco experience by offering a wide variety of eco-friendly activities and accommodation options. Accommodation options range from traditional camping and caravan sites to budget-friendly cabins and luxurious condos.
When in the resort, immerse yourself in gardens with thousands of plants used to create an enchanted tropical wonderland, enjoy enormous outdoor balconies and the brand new waterslide park.
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is committed to sustainable practices throughout the management of its business following the ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ principle. Its dedication to reducing emissions is accomplished by the use of bikes for transport where possible, electric buggies, low flow shower heads, and a solar roof mounted system on the conference centre and maintenance shed roofs to generate power.
Congratulations again on joining the Ecotourism Australia family!
[All photos thanks to BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort]
Congratulations to Yarra River Cruises for achieving ECO Certification at the Ecotourism level.
Whether you’re local or visiting, there is no better way to see Melbourne than from the vantage of the Yarra River! Yarra River Cruises will take you on a one-hour sightseeing cruise with live commentary going upstream to Herring Island and downstream to Docklands and the Port of Melbourne. Customers can also book a two-hour cruise incorporating both cruises. Guests learn about the Melbourne’s sights, the history of the city as well as the river system.
Established in 1987, Yarra River Cruises (formerly City River Cruises) offers sightseeing and function cruises through Melbourne’s beautiful parks, gardens, ports and Docklands aboard their corporate cruiser Melba Star.
Accommodating between 20 to 160 passengers, Yarra River Cruises caters for corporate events, river transfers, weddings, Christmas functions, educational school excursions, daily sightseeing cruises and many more. Yarra River Cruises also offers charters to major sporting events, including the Spring Racing Carnival, AFL football events, and to Rod Laver Arena.
Yarra River Cruises aims to continually reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the sustainability of its operations. The team educates tourists traveling aboard its vessels to enhance their knowledge in environmental sustainability and develop an appreciation for the environment, the Yarra River and surrounding ecosystems. Whilst the managing team is committed to recycle, save water and reduce energy consumption, environmentally conscious guides advise patrons on the importance of clean river systems before every departure. Moreover, the team promotes the use of Parks Victoria’s litter traps to further consolidate the importance of clean rivers and to prevent rubbish entering the oceans.
Congratulations again to Yarra River Cruises for achieving Ecotourism Certification!
Tourism Futures in the 2030 Agenda: Innovation and Sustainability as the New Normal – United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020
With a landmass of more than 7.6 million square kilometres, Australia is the planet’s sixth largest country and therefore has a great variety of landscapes to explore. The country’s vastness also means that travelling to the next destination can mean we have to spend quite a bit of time on the road.
But driving long distances can be great fun and there are unique experiences out there just waiting to be discovered, which can make these driving adventures even more memorable and special. If you decide to take a long drive for your next holiday, stopping off at some new spots will add more diversity to your vacation and will give a better understanding of and appreciation for the land you are driving through.
For example, 15 minutes south of Alice Springs you’ll find Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. The family business, set on a 100-acre protected area wilderness reserve, is focused on ecology and sustainability and offers one of the most magical sky observation programs in the world.
If you’re in South Australia and driving north, another great example of an experience you can’t have anywhere else is playing mini golf in the outback at Ecotourism certified Innamincka Hotel before sitting down to enjoy a moonlit cinema experience or karaoke night.
You can see the desert come alive at Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified Alice Springs Desert Park and hear the stories of plants, animals, and local Aboriginal culture at daily guide presentations.
Photo: Alice Springs Desert Park / Facebook
In Western Australia, north of Carnarvon, sits Nature Tourism certified Gnaraloo Station – a remote sheep station famous for its stunning coastline, wildlife, fishing, waves and wind. It seems like you can do it all here: swim, snorkel or dive on the Ningaloo Reef and walk and explore the area. After a day full of adventures relax at Gnaraloo Homestead and enjoy the amazing sunset.
Photo: Gnaraloo Station / Facebook
For more travel inspiration for your next Australian road trip adventure, check out our Green Travel Guide.
[Header image: Maui, Britz & Mighty Motorhomes & Campervans / Facebook]
Located on the world’s largest sand island is the newly certified operator Fraser Experience Tours. This Australian family-owned business has been offering guided tours for over 20 years and has just achieved Ecotourism Certification for its 1 Day Experience Tours, 1 Day Hummer Tour, 1 Day Fantastic Fraser Island Tour and Custom Tours.
At Fraser Experience Tours there is nothing that keeps you away from a true ECO adventure. The operator offers equal opportunities for all participants to see the very best of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, with customised and personal tours which be tailored to suit individual needs and all levels of abilities or disabilities.
Credit: Fraser Experience Tours
Join a group tour for a fun and affordable way to experience Fraser Island or enjoy the experience with your own individually planned itinerary. Either way, Fraser Experience Tours guarantees small group sizes and friendly and experienced guides. Guides are local residents who know the island intimately and offer extensive knowledge for your unforgettable adventure. Each of the guides has completed tourism industry courses, has years of experience driving on the unique island and is part of the Fraser Experience Tours family.
Book a tour such as the Ecotourism certified “1 Day Hummer Tour” and treat yourself with the thrill of a hummer, plus pick up and drop off, transfers and fees and all catering throughout the day included. Fraser Experience Tours caters for vegetarians, allergies and other speciality dietary requirements. The tour operator has taken thousands of happy customers on once in a lifetime journeys around the tranquil locations and hidden treasures of beautiful Fraser Island.
Fraser Experience Tours is committed to sustainable practices throughout the management of its business. The company has installed solar panels, trains its staff on eco-friendly driving techniques, collaborates with climate change conscious businesses and suppliers and purchases locally and in bulk wherever possible. The business’ emissions sources are identified and assessed and their carbon footprint is calculated and reported. Fraser Experience Tours also provides pre-tour information about dingo awareness and recognises the Butchalla People as the Traditional Owners of Kgari (Fraser Island).
[Header image credit: Fraser Experience Tours]