Eco-tourism in Australia had three basic principles; sustainability, a commitment to increasing visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, and respect and acknowledgement of the region’s indigenous history and culture.
Here at Healthy Kids Travel we always aim to preserve natural habits whenever we travel and that’s why we love supporting eco tourism. It’s the perfect way to experience all this wonderful country has to offer!
It’s important to instil a respect for our natural environment in your little ones from a young age, especially with climate change directly affecting this generation and the next. We always teach our little ones how we can try live in harmony with mother nature and how they can travel and enjoy all the world has to offer while leaving the smallest impact possible.
We have put together a list of our favourite ecotourism destinations around Australia from eco resorts to bushwalks, pristine beaches and national parks you will find something to suit your family.
Kakadu National Park
Located in the Northern Territory the Kakadu National Park includes wetlands, rock formations, rivers and a large array of bird and aquatic life. The park is best known for its Aboriginal people, who have lived there for 20,000-40,000 years and in 1979 was given back to its rightful owners under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, with around 500 Aboriginal people living in the park today.
Uluru or Ayers Rock– is a massive sandstone rock formation located in the southern part of Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s a sacred to the Aboriginal people who live in the area and is home heaps of wildlife including Red Kangaroos and Emus! You can watch the sunset over the rock, visit the cultural centre, walk around the base or explore some of the amazing walks around the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the planet's greatest natural wonders and is home to thousands of species of fish and coral. There are over 900 islands in the Great Barrier Reef with plenty of choice for eco accommodation and tours.
The Daintree Rainforest is said to be one of the three oldest in the world and is home to unique flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s the only place where two world heritage listed sites exist side by side – Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef. You can walk through the Daintree rainforest, spot wildlife on a river cruise, zip-line through the Daintree rainforest canopy, ride a horse, take a scenic drive, explore tracks or relax on an uninhabited pristine beach.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and offers uninterrupted white sand beaches, coloured sand cliffs, rainforests and clear freshwater lakes. It’s also the only place where rainforest grows on the sand! There are heaps of options for eco-adventures including cruises and guided tours.
More than a million people visit Tasmania each year to experience its unspoilt natural environment and pristine waters. The Tasmanian wilderness covers about 20% of Tasmania and is home to some of the deepest and longest caves in Australia as well as some of the oldest trees in the world.
Walking the Overland Track
Walking the overland track is not for the lighthearted and may not be suitable for those with young children. The walk takes 5 -7 days through the beautiful Tasmanian Wilderness. It’s one of the most popular walking tracks in Australia. Inexperienced hikers can walk the trail with the assistance of a tour operator like Tasmanian Expeditions who are ecotourism certified and follow a ‘leave no trace’ policy on all of the walks they offer.
Freycinet Eco Retreat
The Freycinet Eco Retreat was purpose built for environmentally conscious travellers looking to disconnect from busy life and is located on the Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania. This retreat is located within the national park and offers visitors a range of accommodation types including eco-cabins, eco-studios and campsites. Find more info here.
The Tahune Airwalk is a 600m-long walkway suspended above the rainforest near the state's capital Hobart. The Tahune Airwalk provides visitors with the opportunity to experience unique and precious Tasmanian wilderness with a minimal impact on the environment. It’s perfect for families with an onsite cafe and gift shop full of amazing Tasmanian produce and plenty of picnic spots!
National Parks and Wilderness
There are 19 National parks across tasmania with 7 a part of the Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tasmanian National Parks are uniquely diverse and include pristine beaches, rugged wilderness, mountain ranges and rainforests. Tasmania is spoilt for choice with short or long walks many of which are suitable for little ones.
What's your favourite Eco-Tourism destination in Australia? Have you visited any on our list?
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