Kangaroo Island walking vacation, South Australia

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24 Apr 2017
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kangaroo Island walking vacation, South Australia

Environment

By engaging local producers, suppliers and service providers in all the regions we operate, we create strong social and economic ties with the communities we visit. We educate and inspire our clients and employees to become more aware, engaged and active in environmental issues. We provide our employees with safe, supportive and inspiring work environments, we encourage and assist them with personal and business development skills. By facilitating a connection with the premier wilderness areas of Australia we establish profound and lasting bonds between our clients and the land.

We donate part proceeds of our annual profits to local community ecological development groups. By creating a profitable and environmentally sustainable company We will be able to further promote and share true wilderness experiences. We aim to deliver economic benefits and lasting ecological sustainability to the areas and communities that we operate in. We believe in putting back more than we take out, both in an environmental sense and a human sense. We will continue to serve, promote, educate and inspire people of the world to explore the Australian wilderness.

Community

We are privileged to work in some of the worlds' most pristine wilderness areas and we have a very strong commitment to preserving and protecting these areas. We adhere to minimal impact bushwalking principles and a 'leave no trace' policy. We participate in a carbon offset program and use 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper products. Wherever possible we buy local organically produced products. In our office operations where possible we use energy efficient bulbs, turn off lights (and all appliances when we close up shop) when they are not in use, use energy efficient appliances and equipment with a four or five star rating and use natural light wherever possible. We reuse scrap paper and print on both sides when available, rely on email correspondence and ask that people only print if necessary.

We continually keep abreast of all environmental issues affecting our industry and our business in particular. We make time each year to volunteer our services in the upkeep and maintenance of walking tracks and trails that our company uses. By keeping our tour group numbers to a maximum of 8 clients we believe we offer a significant advantage to the client and the impact on the places we visit. We continuously monitor our practices and procedures to ensure that we leave the lightest footprint we can. Some of the things we do to make sure this happens is our choice to participate in a carbon offset program, using accommodation that is not wasteful of local resources or harmful to the environment. Avoiding purchasing disposable goods/ items and trying as much as possible to buy in bulk to avoid excess packaging.

Water and its conservation/preservation is a big focus for us; we conserve water in many ways from washing our vehicles with a bucket and sponge, to training/advising our clients to brush their teeth with a cup of water rather than leaving a tap running. Protecting and nurturing natural water sources and courses is vital, and we teach our clients about the importance of maintaining water's integrity in natural bush settings, for example not swimming in certain areas, positioning of camp toilet facilities and how to treat water for safe use.

In most of the areas that we travel camp fires are not permitted, where they are we make sure that we bring our own firewood that has been purchased from renewable resources and not old or native growth forests. We go into wilderness and National Park areas and are required to take out everything we take in, hence recycling is a priority.

We support local businesses by purchasing our food and tour supplies from them. We stay with locally owned accommodation providers at Hanson Bay. We recycle all of our rubbish and deposit it at the Islands recycle centre. We are accredited tour operators with the South Australian National Park service and abide by their strict guidelines in relation to protecting native flora and fauna. We employ a local guide whenever possible. We stay up to date with local community forums and issues by attending meetings, local events and interacting with the local community on regular social occasions. We contribute to the Hanson Bay Koala sanctuary and to the upkeep of the Seal Bay conservation park.

We feel we have an obligation to use as much local produce and engage with as many local service providers as we can. For our Kangaroo Island tour in South Australia, we shop for our supplies at local butchers and fruit and vegetable shops on the Island. Our fish is supplied by local fisherman or caught ourselves! Wine served with our delicious meals comes from local Island wineries. A special sweet treat is the local Ligurian Honey, made from bees that were introduced to the Island from Italy in 1884. Whenever possible we try and purchase all of our tour supplies from local Kangaroo Island businesses and we stay in cabins that are eco friendly and locally owned. Being a licensed South Australian National Parks tour operator we are always aware of our impact on the Islands environment and we pride ourselves on our ‘leave no trace’ company ethos.

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