Businesses kick-off 2023 with ECO Certification

by | Feb 28, 2023 | Article

High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm

It takes dedication and passion to pave the way for a sustainable future.

By beginning their certification journey, tourism operators can ensure they are putting in place effective and ethical sustainability practices for the longevity of their operation and the conservation of the natural environment.

Here are the tourism operators who completed their criteria and achieved Ecotourism Australia certification in January and February 2023!


Highfield Farm and Woodland and Kestrel Nest EcoHut – Nature Tourism certified
Wiradjuri Country / Mt Adrah, New South Wales

Owners Louise Freckleton and David Bray on the Highfield Farm and Woodland and Kestrel Nest EcoHut

Owners Louise Freckleton and David Bray, Highfield Farm and Woodland and Kestrel Nest EcoHut

Combine sustainable and ethical farming with a secluded eco-getaway and you have our latest certified member Highfield Farm and Woodland and Kestrel Nest EcoHut!

This secluded stay is off-grid, meaning there’s no internet to distract you from the natural beauty of rural New South Wales. With panoramic double-glazed windows, this sustainable getaway allows for a magnificent view, complete with a well-equipped kitchen, outdoor bath and wood fireplace for those cooler nights.

Located on Wiradjuri Country in Mt Adrah, only one third of the 820-acre property is farmed, leaving the remaining two thirds as protected woodland fostering biodiversity and ensuring a safe habitat for local and threatened species. As up to 95% of the land has been cleared for grazing and cropping since European settlement, Highfield makes carefully planned and effective conservation practices a priority.

This stay is perfect for nature-loving couples and small families – book your stay today or check out their Facebook and Instagram!


High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm – Advanced Ecotourism certified
Darumbal Country / Capricorn Region, Queensland

Group picture from a typical day planting trees at High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm

A typical day planting trees at High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm

Do you love nature and wellness? The High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm is the perfect oasis for a getaway taking you back to nature!

Situated 10 km from Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast, this is a 140-acre regenerative agriculture farm with a thriving 2-acre market garden, a 2-acre food forest, and 1.5-acre ‘Bush Tucka’ (native edible plant) orchard, all established according to regenerative agriculture principles and natural systems to create abundant food sources whilst improving the local ecosystem.

The farm is a home to free-range animals and over 1,000 species of edible and medicinal plants from all around the world that you can experience through the delicious dishes at their 0-mile restaurant: fresh, local and organic!

Learn about permaculture and self-sustaining community-living helping to restore culture and traditions, supporting the locals for a better future.

This educational and relaxing experience is perfect for the whole family. Find more about them on Facebook or Instagram!


Special mention – Sugarbag Safaris, Northern Territory

Now the 23rd business to have achieved certification across three of Ecotourism Australia’s program – Advanced Ecotourism certified, Climate Action Business certitfied and ROC certified.

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