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Now more than ever, tourists are conscious of the footprint they leave while travelling.
Recent data from Roy Morgan research found that 21.6% (4.2 million people) of Australians agree with the statement “For my next holiday, I’d really like a total ecotourism experience.” 
Aiming to preserve the integrity of a destination, ecotourism promotes sustainable exploration of communities, culture, and heritage while leaving minimal impact.
So, if you’re planning your next getaway, here are 10 must-visit ecotourism adventures.
Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre, NSW
Location: Gloucester, Australia. Approximately 3 hours from Sydney via The Bucketts Way and M1.
Contact: +61 2 6558 2093
Situated in the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, this ecotourism destination is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies. Whether it’s kayaking or mountain climbing, Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre offers a range of experiences suitable for all groups of people.
- Take a one- or two-day white-water kayaking tour. With all equipment and gear supplied and fully accredited guides, be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.
- Get involved with one of the many outdoor education programs available. Centred around education, skill development, and the environment.
- Choose from a range of ecotourism activities including, white-water canoeing, rafting, single track mountain biking, tree planting, and so much more!
Taronga Zoo, NSW
Location: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, New South Wales 2088 Australia Approximately 30 minutes (10.6km) from the Sydney CBD via M1.
An iconic ecotourism activity, Sydney’s Targona Zoo is home to 4,000 Australian and exotic wildlife. With the mission to conserve the future of unique and endangered species, the zoo also gives tourists the chance to have up-close experiences with them.
- Take a ride on the Sky Safari cable car, where you’ll get to gaze at animals from a Birdseye view.
- Have an authentic jungle experience through the ‘wild ropes’ outdoor activity. With 70 challenges and over 4 courses to choose from, you can swing and glide through treetops above animal enclosures.
Crystal Creek Meadows, NSW
Location: 1655 Kangaroo Valley Road, Kangaroo Valley, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2577 Australia. Approximately 2 hours from Sydney via the Hume Motorway/M31.
Contact: (02) 4465 1406
Treat yourself to a luxurious ecotourism experience at Crystal Creek Meadows, nestled in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley region. Stay in a private, self-contained Eco-cottage built from renewable resources and learn about the conservation programs taking place in the area.
- If you’re looking to get out in nature, you can choose from 25 different bush-walks in Australia’s most beautiful valley.
- Take part in the wombat and wallaby initiative schemes, aimed at rehabilitating injured wildlife.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, QLD
Location: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin, Gold Coast. Approximately 1 hour (96.7km) from Brisbane via the M1.
Contact: (07) 5534 1266
As a committed member of the ‘Last Straw’ campaign, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an ecotourism leader. Removing all plastic straws and beverage outlets from their facilities, they’re contributing to a sustainable tomorrow.
- The majority of the wildlife that lives at the sanctuary has been affected by human impact.
- With 13 different shows daily, get the chance to see unique species in their habitats.
- As a participant in over 16 conservation programs, this ecotourism activity not only offers an unforgettable experience but helps fund vital wildlife protection initiatives.
1770 LARC! Tours, QLD
Location: Seventeen Seventy, QLD. Located approximately 1.5 hours from Gladstone via the Bruce Hwy.
Contact: +61 7 4974 9422
Established in 1994, 1770 LARC! Tours have been educating travellers about the importance of preserving reef ecosystems. EcoTourism activities have been developed to use less fuel, generate fewer emissions, and decrease carbon footprints.
- Get the opportunity to traverse the coastlines of Eurimbula National Park and waterways of Bustard Bay via boat.
- Take an afternoon cruise, or paradise tour abroad the famous pink amphibious LARC.
- Get up close and personal with kangaroos, dolphins, sharks, white bellied sea eagles, pied oyster catcher, and so much more.
Bendleby Ranges, SA
Location: Southern Flinders Ranges, approximately 3.5 hours (324.6km) from Adelaide.
If you’re looking for a range of ecotourism activities, the Bendleby Ranges is the destination for you! Located on a working sheep station, you have the option to explore or camp while immersed between rolling mountain ranges.
- Take an exhilarating drive on one of the many 4WD tours that vary between 1-5 hours.
- Pitch a tent or park your RV across the many campsites available at Bendleby Ranges. Surrounded by pine and gum trees, immersive yourself in the beautiful greenery.
- Partake in a range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and horse riding.
If you’re planning a road trip, utilise our Pitstop Planner to break up the journey.
Torquay Surfing Academy, VIC
Location: Torquay VIC, approximately 1.5 hours from Melbourne via the M1.
Contact: +61 3 5261 2022
Have an authentic Australian experience and learn to surf at Torquay Surfing Academy. With qualified instructors, pick up unique skills and techniques that will keep you safe in the ocean. Get your session filmed and photographed to capture your eco activity memory!
- The academy has a range of lessons for beginners to experienced surfers
- Instructors have experience with all surfing conditions. Your safety is a priority throughout the lesson.
- Get the choice of one on one coaching or group lessons.
If you’re taking a Great Ocean Road journey, make sure you’re covered with roadside assistance and prepared for the unexpected.
Tasmanian Wilderness Experience, TAS
Location: Glenfern, Tasmania. Approximately 45 minutes from Hobart via the Lyell Hwy/A10 and National Highway 1.
Contact: +61 1300 882 293
If you’re looking for a truly sustainable ecotourism destination, the Tasmanian Wilderness is a must! Tailored for all levels of experience, embark on a guided bushwalking tour to multiple destinations with the option to stay overnight.
- Choose between camping or lodge based overnight bushwalking tours
- Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, all gear and equipment are available for hire.
- Experience unique places that can only be accessed on foot with trained guides.
Adventure Out Australia, WA
Location: Welshpool, Perth, Western Australia.
Contact: (08) 9472 3919
With so many ecotourism places to visit in Australia, it can be difficult choosing what destination or activity works for you. At Adventure Out, WA, there is a range of outdoor options to explore! From trekking to fishing, experience Western Australia’s natural beauty.
- Take an outback adventure on the Chamberlain Challenge Trek. Embark on a 50km trek between the Elgee Cliffs and Durack Range.
For the more adventurous, take the Kachana Circuit Trek that can be completed within 7-8 days, situated in the untouched Kimberley.
Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT
Location: Clunies Ross Street Acton, 2601 ACT
Contact: (02) 6250 9588
Get away from the stress of city life and discover the wonders of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Less than 10 minutes from Canberra CBD, enjoy a recreational walk on the many trails available and surround yourself with unique flora.
- Learn about Aboriginal culture on the Indigenous Plant Use Trail. A self-guided walk, explore how Aboriginal people used plants, tools, and resources from the land.
- Climb the Paperbark Treehouse as your core ecotourism activity. Constructed of recycled timber, get a wider view of the gardens and flora.
Consider an ecotourism destination for your next adventure! With over 500 across Australia, you’re bound to find something the whole family will enjoy. If you’re planning a road trip, make sure you’re covered with roadside assistance.
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