Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Almost a year after the devastating 2019 bushfires, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge reopened to the public on September 1, 2020. This reopening marks a monumental milestone for the property, as well as the community and the local tourism industry.

It has taken a collective of passionate employees, shareholders, the Friends of Binna Burra volunteers, community members and regular guests to reimagine Binna Burra and rebuild its legacy.

Recognised as an Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame member and ECO certified Advanced Ecotourism operator, Binna Burra has been rebuilding to preserve the original vision and rich history of the mountain-top venture over the past 12 months.


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Jonathan Fisher, CEO Binna Burra Lodge and Rod Hillman, CEO Ecotourism Australia [Photo: Rod Hillman]

Surrounded by Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Lodge lost 42 out of its original 43 cabins, the main lodge, library and kitchen in the 2019 bushfires. Luckily, most of the modern Sky Lodges, the historic barn and Groom’s Cottage survived.


Fire Damage

Photo: Binna Burra Lodge / Facebook

In the effort to rebuild, hundreds of workers erected new luxury safari tents, constructed a new tea house, restored the fire-damaged Sky Lodges and converted the Groom’s Cottage into a pub-style bar. The surviving old barn is being reimagined as an exhibition space to tell the story of the bushfire. An Australian-first rock face climb, the Via Ferrata, is also under construction.


New Safari Tents

Photo: Binna Burra Lodge’s new Safari Tents / Facebook

Sky Lodge

Photo: Binna Burra Lodge, Sky Lodge / Facebook

Despite its scars, as guests are welcomed back to Binna Burra Lodge this spring, they will be entering a forest full of new life, diversity, innovation and community spirit, joining legions of those before them to marvel in the World Heritage-listed landscape and rainforest reserve.

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge’s luxury Sky Lodges opened on September 1, the campground and teahouses on September 14.

For more information, visit Binna Burra Mountain Lodge’s website here or Facebook here


[Header Image: Binna Burra Lodge / Facebook] 



Ecotourism Australia is proud to announce Reef Ecologic as a new addition to the family. Based in Townsville (QLD), the Marine Environmental Consultancy has achieved Climate Action Business Certification. The Climate Action Certification program recognises Reef Ecologic’s commitment and dedication to sustainable practices that address climate change.

Reef Ecologic was founded in 2015 by Dr Adam Smith and Dr Paul Marshall. Dr Smith is now the sole Managing Director and is surrounded by a specialised, deeply involved coral-reef-loving staff. 

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Tropical marine ecosystems are threatened by complex processes requiring innovative design along with preventive and restorative operations. Their mission is to provide strategic advice, research and training to understand and address the environmental challenges facing coral reefs worldwide and the people that depend upon them.

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 Focusing on a collaborative approach, the team works with different business sectors, governments, NGOs, coral reef managers, coastal communities and universities at the national and international level.

Delivering 15 to 40 environmental projects annually, Reef Ecologic overviews all management objectives, targets and plans involving quality, environment, health, safety and financial sectors of each stakeholder. The company ensures that management and operations are compliant with relevant regulations and in line with Reef Ecologic key ethical values: People-first, Leadership, Environmental Responsibility, Excellence and Passion, Collaboration and Responsiveness, Ethical and Quality Science.

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 The organisation interacts and partners with a diverse network of cross-industry interested parties, including Townsville Council, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the CSIRO and Citizens of the GBR to the Museum of Underwater Art (MoUA), Sealink Queensland and Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

As a leading environmental organisation, Reef Ecologic also provides opportunities for local and international students to participate in their exciting projects.

Congratulations again to Reef Ecologic for their amazing work and for their newly achieved Climate Action Business Certification!

For more information, visit the Reef Ecologic webpage, or check them out on Facebook.


[All images: Reef Ecologic]

[Header Image, left to right: Nathan Cook, Gemma Molinaro, Jo Stacey, Al Songcuan, Dr Adam Smith, Dan Cassidy, Greta Sartori]



Ecotourism Australia welcomes Terra Australia as a Business Member.

Terra Australia, as part of Terra Group, is member to a network of inbound travel agencies worldwide. The organisation has been operating since 1998 across four continents and 34 different destinations.

Terra Group are recognised around the world for their experience and expertise in tailor-made travel. Established in 2013 and based in Brisbane, Terra Australia designs personalised trips for individuals and professional tour operators alike.

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Photo: Terra Australia

Terra Australia pride themselves on offering authentic, responsible and sustainable travel experiences.

They believe that knowledge of the ground is fundamental and carry out regular ‘scouting trips’ to enhance the unique and personalised nature of their service. The Terra Australia team are self-proclaimed ‘Aussie specialists’, made up of people who love and are passionate about everything Australia has to offer.

With awareness of social and environmental issues that influence the Australian tourism industry, Terra Australia want to contribute positively by accounting for these issues and emphasising ECO-certified operators in the design of their services.

Photo: Terra Australia

General Manager, Christophe Napierai recognises that Terra Australia’s vocation is above all else, to share the fascination and wonder of Australia to its visitors in a responsible way.

We are happy to welcome Terra Australia to our Ecotourism Australia family as a Business Member.

For more information, visit the Terra Group webpage or check them out on Facebook 

Interested in becoming an Ecotourism Australia Business Member? Find out more here 

[Header image: Terra Australia]