December 29, 2016

Round up: Eco Tourism NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory, Australia is our red centre. The heart of our country beats with wonderful natural landscapes and amazing wilderness. My Green Australia is here to help you find some of the best eco holiday spots around!

Eco-tourism as defined by Ecotourism Australia,

“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”

The Northern Territory is the heart of our country so where do you start? Let’s have a look at some top spots.

ALICE SPRINGS

The heart of Central Australia is comprised of cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history.

ACCOMMODATION

Longitude 131° – Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, complete with 5-class luxury and private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). With just 15 tents in total at Longitude 131° you only have to share this amazing experience with just a few others.

Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge – The exclusive tented cabins offer the ultimate outback accommodation. Each cabin features air-conditioning and an ensuite bathroom. At Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge you can experience the greatest of comfort in the outback, with a perfect opportunity to absorb the natural landscapes.

ATTRACTIONS

Connection Safaris – Whether you want to take a remote Safaris tour throughout the heart of Australia’s Red Centre; or you have a burning desire to travel the popular route from Sydney along the East Coast to Cairns – we have the tour for you! With different “Experience Styles” on offer you can select the style of travel that best suits you, your budget and your adventure level!

Alice Springs Desert Park – A must see for every visitor to Alice! In the space of just a few hours, you can discover many of the secrets of the Central Australian deserts at the Desert Park. Hundreds of species of plants and animals found across Central Australian deserts can be seen, smelt and heard. You will even have the opportunity to experience desert habitats as they are at night, seeing some of the animals near impossible to see in the wild.

KAKADU & ARNHEM LAND

The landscapes of Kakadu and Arnhem Land are diverse and set the scene for outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities.

ACCOMMODATION

Gagudju Lodge Cooinda – Spread beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda attracts visitors with varied interests for its dazzling bird life, guided cruises and fishing charters, and close proximity to Kakadu’s magnificent waterways and falls.

ATTRACTIONS

Kakadu National Park – World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a place of rugged escarpments, lush wetlands and cascading waterfalls covering over 19,000 square kilometres. Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park.

Kakadu Culture Camp – The Kakadu Culture Camp is owned and operated by the Hunter family from Kakadu National Park. It was a dream of their late Grandfather Namandjalorrwokwok to establish a camp where Bininj (Aboriginal) people could live and work, and share their culture, traditional heritage and amazing wildlife with tourists from around the world.

Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu – Explore the East and South Alligator regions of Kakadu with a knowledgeable local Aboriginal guide Victor Cooper.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS WITHIN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Far Out Adventures – Mike is a fifth generation Aussie who focuses on real Australian experiences as diverse as four wheel drive camping safaris deep into Arnhemland in the Northern Territory to staying at the luxurious El Questro cattle station in the Kimberley.

Nitmiluk Tours – Travel to one of Australia’s most impressive outback regions and experience the magnificence of Nitmiluk National Park.

Willis’s Walkabouts – Look at the wonderful landscape before you. Smell the wildflowers. Listen to the birds. Relax in a rock shelter as you admire the Aboriginal paintings on the walls. Pamper yourself with swim after swim in clear, tropical pools.

To ensure the Northern Territory continues to be a nature-lovers playground be sure to check for ecotourism and nature tourism certification when choosing tourism businesses that operate on public land.

What are you favourite spots in the Northern Territory?

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