Sustainable tourism

 

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of what we do at Overland Oz. In order to keep Australia as pristine as possible, capturing its beauty in the natural environment and committing to travel without leaving a trace we can ensure we protect our national parks, cultures, wildlife and attractions through continuously incorporating excellent sustainable travel practices for our clients on tour with us.

The tourism industry has become acutely aware of the impact travel can leave if not executed with care and caution. The degradation of wildlife and natural areas along with global warming are concerns which need to be kept at the centre of our businesses to ensure we, as an industry protect our planet the best we can. Eco tourism has improved over the years with many companies making the commitment to protect the environment and create experiences which leave no impact.

Overland Oz takes ownership of our commitment to protect the planet by ensuring the following

  • Bush walking takes place on designated tracks
  • Wildlife is observed in its natural habitat and not disturbed
  • We do not pick or disturb the flora
  • Itineraries are constructed ensuring travel is limited between destinations and we do not retrace tracks on the same tour is possible
  • All waste is carried and disposed of correctly
  • All camp fire are made with stringybark and wollybutt which has naturally fallen and dried on the ground. These particular trees do not have toxins in them and have been traditionally used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as the preferred type of timber to cook with.
  • We discourage the use of products, creams and aerosols where possible, especially before swimming in natural waterholes

Community Development Projects

We have made a commitment to ourselves, our communities and our clients to continuously support local Aboriginal people within their home communities. With projects endorsed by the Traditional Land Owners and Elders we are creating healthy, sustainable food sources by planting orchards and vegetable gardens in communities within Kakadu National Park. These projects have included:

  • Planting over 200 trees containing over 52 species
  • Irrigating the plants by strategically collecting and redispersing 50,000 litres of waste bore water, ensuring we utilise this as much as possible
  • Nurturing the gardens
  • Teaching and supporting the local community members maintain these gardens ensuring they thrive and produce good quality food