Choose a marine or mountain adventure with these ECO certified businesses

by | Jan 23, 2023 | Article

Rocky Trail Entertainment

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 certification in December 2022!

SeaLink QLD – Nature Tourism, Ecotourism and ROC certified
Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun, Bindal, Gugu Badhun and Nywaigi Country / Townsville, Queensland

Family walking along a beach in Townsville with mountains in the backdrop.

SeaLink QLD

With Nature Tourism certified ferry transport and Ecotourism certified nature tourism experiences, SeaLink QLD has your adventure to the Townsville region sorted!

Travellers can take a high-speed catamaran journey to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes to explore solo or book a SeaLink QLD tour for a range of activities for a guided introduction to this side of the Great Barrier Reef. Be sure to book a whale watching or day trip to Orpheus Island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef with SeaLink QLD to immerse yourself in the environment, history, and local culture.

Keep an eye out for their Outer Reef Experience launching in 2023 and find them on their website, Facebook and Instagram!

Rocky Trail Entertainment – Nature Tourism certified

Man riding a mountain bike on a trail in a forest.

Rocky Trail Entertainment

Test your mountain biking skills with newly ECO certified Rocky Trail Entertainment! With over 40 racing events held across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, our latest operator is growing at a rapid pace with a passion for adrenaline and getting outside to enjoy Australia’s beautiful landscapes.

Whether it’s a cross-country marathon or lap-races you’re looking for, Rocky Trail Entertainment has cultivated a community of like-minded mountain biking enthusiasts ready to welcome you to their next thrilling event.

Aim for the podium, beat your personal best, and get involved! Learn more about Rocky Trail Entertainment on their website, Instagram or Facebook.

Take Shape Adventures – Ecotourism certified

A group of four people hiking on a deserted beach with mountains in the background.

Take Shape Adventures

Take Shape Adventures are bringing people together for unbeatable adventures across Australia. Driven by a desire to connect with nature for your physical and mental health, our latest certified operator offers a range of hikes and experiences to create a trip you won’t forget.

Take Shape Adventures’ curated outdoor escapes are fit for the experienced hiker looking to explore Australia’s stunning environments or those who are eager to reconnect and recharge with nature but aren’t sure where to start. Their ability to bring together like-minded people means you will leave a Take Shape Adventures holiday with life-long friends!

From multi-day camps to luxury escapes, there’s an experience for everyone. Adventures are located right across Australia, so pick your dream location and get exploring!

Check out their Facebook, Instagram and website for more.

Jandarra – Ecotourism certified
Kombumerri Country / Gold Coast, Queensland

People sitting around two tables by night with lights all around them and trees and tent in the background.


Enjoy a rustic, country stay in the Gold Coast hinterland with ECO certified Jandarra!

Regenerative and sustainable practices are at the core of this eco getaway. Once a banana plantation, Jandarra is being restored using holistic land management practices for a flourishing natural environment that guests and surrounding wildlife can enjoy. Jandarra is located on a working farm, providing visitors an opportunity to learn about regenerative agricultural practices or take a scenic walk around the property.

Jandarra is an Indigenous word meaning ‘place of peace,’ and guests are invited to be still and listen during their stay. Learn more about a Jandarra stay on their website!

Barn Hives – Nature Tourism certified
Wardandi Country / Yallingup, Western Australia

A couple standing on the terrace of a modern house slightly hidden by trees.

Barn Hives

Want to wake up in the heart of a vineyard in one of Australia’s most popular wine regions? ECO certified Barn Hives offers self-sustained eco-pods surrounded by the picturesque rolling hills of Western Australia’s southwest region.

Each eco-pod has a contemporary design, with colours specifically chosen to blend with the natural landscape and a view of your accommodation’s surroundings to bring you closer to the region’s natural beauty. Natural light, solar panels and the use of rainwater make the ideal eco-stay, including a pallet fire and fans to keep you comfortable in any season.

Take only what you need and relax in this sustainable getaway! Learn more on their website.

Aquascene Charters – Magnetic Island – Advanced Ecotourism certified
Magnetic Island (Yunbenun), Queensland

A little boat laying in a bay of clear water with people snorkeling and swimming around.

Aquascene Charters

With 23 bays and beaches to explore on Magnetic Island, what better way to see them than with your local guides at Aquascene Charters!

Aquascene Charters – Magnetic Island offers personalised tours to secluded locations with unique scenery only accessible at the Great Barrier Reef. Each tour offers a range of different experiences to suit how you want to explore this part of the world, including snorkelling, wildlife encounters and visiting historical landmarks to ensure you make the most of your time on Magnetic Island.

If you are looking for local insights into this idyllic paradise, your hosts Steph and Adam have over 35 years’ worth of stories they are eager to share with you! Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and website for more.

Grampians Peaks Walking Company and Absolute Outdoors – Ecotourism certified
Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjali Country / Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), Victoria

Three pictures showing people hiking in the mountains.

Grampians Peak Walking Company

Grampians Peaks Walking Company and Absolute Outdoors are your experts in responsible adventure tourism on the incredible Grampians Peaks Trail! Meet new adventurers or book a private tour across this unique landscape for your next nature escape.

Choose from a range of tours spanning between four and 13 days long to experience a vast array of stunning environments. From sandy gullies to ancient forests and grasslands, Grampians Peaks Walking Company and Absolute Outdoorsvisitors let visitors reach some of the most picturesque peaks in Victoria.

The region belonging to the Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjali peoples holds the largest density of Aboriginal art motifs in Victoria, and the protection of cultural heritage, flora and fauna diversity, and threatened species has contributed to the Grampians National Park being listed on the Australia National Heritage List.

Choose our latest ECO certified operator to experience over 168,000 hectares of national park in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. Check out Grampians Peaks Walking Company’s Facebook, Instagram, and website or Absolute Outdoors’ Facebook, Instagram, and website for more!

K’Gari Salty Safaris – Ecotourism certified
Butchulla Country / Fraser Island (K’Gari), Queensland

View from above on a boat with #saltysafaris written on laying in clear water.

K’Gari Salty Safaris

Image: K’Gari Salty Safaris
Visit World Heritage Listed K’Gari with K’Gari Salty Safaris! Take up to 20 people on a personalised tour aboard a custom-built inflatable boat for a thrilling or relaxed trip to the largest sand island in the world.

The experienced team at K’Gari Salty Safaris show their guests the wild side of K’Gari, including uninhabited islands, extensive marine and bird life, and the idyllic natural scenery of K’Gari itself. For all of the must-see and do experiences on the island, the K’Gari Western Wonders tour has you covered. Book between July and October and you’ll also have the chance to see the humpback whale migration down the east coast! Or, catch the island at sunset on their Funset tour to capture the magic of K’Gari at the end of the day.

Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and website for more!

Special mention: Tanja Lagoon Camp
Yuin Country / Tanja, New South Wales
Expanded their suite of certifications by achieving Advanced Ecotourism Certification and Climate Action Business Certification.

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