In Australia for a tour dedicated to sustainability and culture

UA trip to Australia is a real dream, this extraordinary island that embodies unspoiled nature, unique fauna and ancient cultural traditions that are worth knowing.
To really get to know it, you need to get out of the usual patterns and stereotypes and embrace the real Australia in the name of sustainability and local culture, from North to South.

North

Sea turtle hatchlings in Bynoe Harbor at Bare Sand Island in the Northern Territory. Credits: Virgin Australia. Photographer: Cameron Ernst

The Northern part of Australia is characterized by unspoiled nature, large natural parks such as Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park have within them waterfalls and streams and flora of all kinds. The northern coast is particularly interesting for the fauna: a Bare Sand Islandnear Darwin in the Northern Territory, you can admire the sea turtlesa splendid animal to observe especially in its natural environment. During the excursion visitors can learn about turtles, explore the island with a walk to witness the laying of the eggs or even the exit of the young from the sand. Sea Darwin, which organizes tours to Bare Sand Island, raises awareness travelers to protect the environment by observing the nesting of Australian Njulbitkik Flatback turtles.

East

Lady Elliot Island in Queensland. Credits: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

From the north we move to the east coast, almost at the height of the famous Sunshine Coast we find Lady Elliot Island, in Queensland, an islet on the Great Barrier Reef, a real paradise for those who love diving and white beaches made of coral. This island it is a sanctuary for over 1,200 marine species and is known for the numerous manta rays and giant tortoises that inhabit the local waters. Lady Elliot Island is famous for being a virtuous example of the sustainability she achieves through the use of renewable energy, the eradication of invasive species and other noteworthy initiatives. Tourists can also contribute, helping to restore seabird habitats, lending a hand to marine biologists in monitoring manta rays with their own shots and participating in a snorkeling safari to learn about coral reef regeneration.

Going south you meet Sydney, the most important city in Australia and famous place for the Opera House, a symbol for the whole nation, for the Harbor Bridge, Bondi beach and much more. Those who love to explore cities in an unusual way will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of the place through the eyes of the local Aboriginal community, specifically with Aunty Margaret Campbell, among the first Aboriginal figures to introduce indigenous tourism a Sydney in the 90’s. Thanks to this exceptional guide and its Dreamtime Southern X, it is possible to explore the oldest district of the city: The Rocks, also experiencing it through the tales handed down by the Aboriginal population, ancient art and cultural heritage.

South

Otway Ranges waterfalls in Victoria. Credits: Tourism Australia. Photographer: Ain Raadik

In the southern part of Australia many attractions are concentrated. In front of Melbourne there is an island: Tasmania famous for nature and, above all, for the “little devil” made known by the cartoon Taz, part of the Looney Tunes. In reality this pet has small dimensions and is equipped with important jaws useful for eating the entire prey, it is also a very skilled climber. In this region Devils @ Cradle takes care of organizing tours with local guides within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, proceeds from which will go to support the protection of the Tasmanian devils.
Continuing along the Australian coast, leaving Melbourne behind, in the state of Victoria you arrive in one of the densest rainforests in Australia: Otway Ranges. Waterfalls and cliffs, but also Australia’s most famous fauna: kangaroos and koalas find refuge in this area. To make an experience out of the ordinary just rely on the Wildlife Wonders, and
experienced local guides who allow travelers to get in touch with the local fauna in their natural habitat. Also in this case it is non-profit eco-tourism, the proceeds will go to protect the flora and fauna of the area.

Above Adelaide in the South Australian Outback it is possible to see still wildlife as well as breathtaking landscapes. Relying onArkaba Conservancy, which has as its mission to protect the local fauna, you can visit the area with a totally immersive safari. Once you arrive at the ancient residence of Arkaba, against the backdrop of the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges, it is possible to hike to spot emus and wedged eagles, quolls and kangaroos. Furthermore, it is possible to actively participate in the activities of ecologists who study animals and the territory. Part of the proceeds from Arkaba Conservancy activities will go to support conservation projects.

With the last stage we go as far south as the Western Australiaalong the coast to watch killer whales and whales. Naturaliste Charters takes tourists to the sea to observe closely, from January to April, Australia’s largest population of killer whales and other amazing marine animals in the deep waters of the Bremer Canyon and in the remaining span of time you can spot the whales moving in a southwest direction. The special thing about these tours is that they support marine research by bringing with them a marine biologist and a photographer ready to immortalize the fauna.

And now you just have to book a plane ticket and get a lot of curiosity and desire to explore this magnificent area in the continuous search for unforgettable moments and images.

For more information on traveling to Australia, visit www.australia.com

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