Eco-Luxury

Nuture Great. Leave Greater.

Playing your part

Make sustainable travel choices without compromising on your comforts in Tropical North Queensland. As a region enclosed by vast wildernesses and natural World Heritage wonders, protecting the environment and unique wildlife is an unquestionable way of life. Just visiting, gives you an appreciation for the natural assets and a passion for wanting to protect it. 

Take a voyage on a carbon-neutral luxury sailing vessel and visit nurseries growing corals to rehabilitate the reef; help identify Dwarf Minke Whales on an expedition to the only known aggregation of the species in the world; sleep beneath the stars by some of the world’s most significant rock art sites on an Indigenous-guided tour; and retire to eco‑lodges from rainforest retreats to island bungalows or the outback cabins. 

Massage at Jarramali Rock Art Tours

Health & Wellbeing

While basking under a waterfall or simply being in the ancient rainforests of Tropical North Queensland may be a form of meditation or rejuvenation on their own, why not take that relaxation a step further by booking into one of the revitalising spas peppered through the region.

If nature is your calling – after all, it’s the perfect place to practice the art of shinrin-yoku (forest-bathing) – hike through incredible landscapes, take a stroll down palm-fringed beaches, join a yoga retreat, or perhaps even test your endurance on a spectacular IRONMAN course.

Health & wellbeing

See it. Love it. Protect it.

Enveloped by two of the world’s most important natural sites, full of creatures and plants not found anywhere else on the planet, conservation is at the heart of Tropical North Queensland.

Simply visiting the Great Barrier Reef funds management and research for the long-term resilience of the reef, while many tourism experiences, both on water or on land, play key roles in contributing to protecting the diverse environments and fauna of the region.

Conservation

Skyrail rainforest discovery

Eco accreditation

Certification programs like Ecotourism Australia assure travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Tropical North Queensland is full of many Eco-certified businesses. Before you book, choose experiences that you know are playing their part for the environment.

Eco-certified experiences & accommodation

Tips

  • To get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef experience, opt for a reef tour with a Master Reef Guide on board.

  • Head down to Rusty’s Markets, open every Friday–Sunday, to stock up on local produce or find an array of tasty treats or satisfying meals.

  • Learn about the land with the people who have protected it for thousands of years. From camping on country with Traditional Custodians, learning about the stars or hunting in the mangroves. Discover Indigenous Tours.

Discover

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Eco-luxury Stays

Rest easy knowing these luxury accommodation providers are doing their bit for the environment.

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