Archive for the ‘Ecotourism’ Category
Queensland’s Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) has published its Draft 2013 Ecotourism Plan for public consultation. Beautifully presented with fantastic images of natural vistas, our public environment officials have presented their draft view of ecotourism, and in doing so seem to have attempted to leverage commercial tourism in National Parks into the more exclusive strata of both ecotourism and Australia’s National Landscapes program.
The celebrated Cooper Creek Wilderness Experience (CCW3) has dominated these past 17-years as the most popular activity from the Cooper Creek Wilderness product range. Designed to showcase the richer diversity of natural and cultural heritage values within the prestigious Cooper Creek catchment by day, discerning eco-travellers immerse themselves into a 5 to 6 hour odyssey, comprising a 2-hour Grand Fan Palm Gallery day tour, a 1-hour cruise through the world’s most diverse mangrove community in search of elusive estuarine crocodiles, a delicious lunch in a rainforest setting and a cup of tea or coffee in a rainforest picnic setting alongside Cooper Creek.
Have you had a chance to check out the spectacular new Daintree Rainforest website? Magnificent beauty and extraordinary biodiversity presented through a gallery of images in full-screen format by company photographer, Neil Hewett. The complexities of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world continue to challenge humanity as it strives to comprehend the continuity of growth, the intricate relationships and the incredible diversity established over 160 million years. The image gallery is partitioned into aerial, fauna, flora, forest, insect and spider lists, for your convenience. We hope you enjoy …
Sunsets are a rarity in the Daintree Rainforest, so their richness and diversity is one of the most anticipated rewards of our biennial sojourn into Australia’s central deserts. This one was captured at Docker River, in the south-west corner of NT.
An article published in “Newsport” Port Douglas Online News on Tuesday 15 March 2011 entitled “Eco-librium – Ever heard of a Striped Possum?” was written by Garry Sullivan, General Manager of Wildlife Habitat. It provoked a critical response from “Brett” and a reply from Garry that included, “Not once have I encouraged people to visit our park via this article or used it as a marketing tool.”
This unexpected statement got me thinking about the commercial exploitation of wildlife. This is what Cooper Creek Wilderness and Wildlife Habitat share in common. We present Nature in different ways and rely on visitors with interests in wildlife and rainforest to pay for the privilege of seeing and learning about Nature. Garry and Brett have put forward legitimate points of view that have opened up a debate that we need to have.