Ecotourism in the Whitsundays
At Ecotourism Australia, we know that when people decide they want to make ethical decisions that help communities, the environment and local business, that this applies to their time away on holidays too!
Together with Australian Ethical Super we’ve started a series of articles highlighting ecotourism products and places around Australia. The first article they’ve released covers the Whitsundays – the ‘Guide to Ecotourism in the Whitsundays’, highlighting just some of the amazing eco certified experiences and adventures that can be had in Queensland’s Whitsundays. From sailing, to hiking, to relaxing on the beach, Ecotourism Australia’s members make it possible for you to have an amazing tropical holiday without worrying about causing a negative impact on the earth.
Ecotourism in the Whitsundays has exploded in the past decade, and there are now many options for accommodation, tour providers and attractions, that you can be assured are genuinely environmentally friendly, as they meet our strict globally-recognised ecotourism certification.
Visiting the Whitsundays is a great option for those craving adventure, as well as those wanting a relaxing holiday in the sunshine. Whether you’re cruising through the Whitsunday Islands or hiking along the Whitsunday Coast and Hinterland, you’re bound to have a fabulous time. The Whitsundays is great for wildlife enthusiasts as well, as this area is home to a bountiful range of Australian animals and birds, such as crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas. You can get close to the wildlife by exploring the many National Parks in the region, such as the Gloucester Islands National Park or the Conway National Park. Just make sure to leave everything untouched! Whales also visit the area from June to September, so whale sighting is a beautiful bonus on many ocean outings.
The Whitsundays are home to some great tour operators that aim to educate and minimise their fleet’s impact on the natural environment. You can sail through the Whitsunday Islands, scuba dive amongst the magnificent coral of the Great Barrier Reef, or hire a luxury charter yacht and make your own way there. From the air is another amazing way to see the glorious beauty of the area, with various helicopter and charter flight companies available.
For accommodation, there are stunning options in the Whitsundays, ranging from rainforest lodges, to secluded beachside cottages, to bustling family hotels. Eco certified Bedarra Beach House, East Bedarra Island Retreat, and Palm Bay Resort are all fantastic places to relax and get away with the family, and they pride themselves on protecting the beautiful natural environment around them, as well as the wider world.