Down Under Tours Cares
At Down Under Tours and The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters. The opportunity to travel and enjoy the beauty of our natural world is gift, with which comes the responsibility to protect it. As a tourism organisation, we play an integral role in the development of sustainable tourism and take this responsibility seriously. At Down Under Tours, we are committed to sustainability in every day of our operations; from our partnership with The Treadright Foundation, to our ECOcertifications, fleet management, and everyday activities to reduce our environmental footprint.
The Treadright Foundation
Founded by The Travel Corporation, The Treadright Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to protecting the world as we know it through sustainable tourism projects. Their mission is to have a positive impact on the people and communities we visit, to protect wildlife and marine life, and to care for the planet we call home to ensure its longevity for generations to come.
As part of our continuing sustainability journey, we feel it’s increasingly important to provide our guests and our team with the necessary tools and information to allow them to make responsible travel choices whenever possible. With this in mind, we are now happy to provide you with opportunities to carbon offset your travel experience.
If you’re looking to offset your carbon footprint for an upcoming or previous travel experience, our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation has identified four leading carbon offset programs – Conservation International Carbon Fund, myclimate, The Nature Conservancy, and Rainforest Concern – Forest Credits – that provide travellers with a number of ways in which to offset your travel experiences and a variety of carbon offset projects to choose from.
The ECO Certification Program has been developed by industry for industry, addressing the need to identify genuine ecotourism and nature tourism operators in Australia. The program is a world first and is now being exported to the rest of the world as the International ECOtourism Standard. Down Under Tours has achieved Advanced ECOtourism and ‘Green Travel Leader’ status for those companies who have maintained accreditation for 10+ years. This demonstrates our consistent commitment to delivering sustainable tourism experiences which foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservations.
Under the ECO Certification Program, Ecotourism is defined as:
Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
ECOtourism Certification provides industry, protected area managers, local communities and travellers with an assurance that a certified product is backed by a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability, natural area management and the provision of quality ecotourism experiences.
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
Within Cairns, Down Under Tours and The Treadright Foundation are foundation members of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef: a global movement, powered by you. Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’s missions is to engage a worldwide community to support positive action for the future of the Reef and the planet. Every action- big or small- makes a positive impact and contributes to the combined impact of many around the world that are united for the Reef. Visit their website to become a citizen today and find out what you can do to make an impact.
The Down Under Tours Group takes its environmental impact on the planet seriously and rises to the challenge by committing to energy management, waste management and contribution to conservation through all levels of the Company.
So, what are we doing?
- Of all forms of transport, coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion and create the least amount of pollution per passenger kilometre compared to car, air and rail travel. At Down Under Tours, our fleet of coaches are manufactured at minimum industry emissions standards of Euro3 & Euro4. Our vehicles used for the Cape Tribulation tour in the Daintree National Park have the latest Euro5 emission controls.
- All vehicles are equipped with MT Data; an advanced GPS Tracking System. This allows our operations team to track our vehicles in real-time & provides accurate data to track and measure each vehicles fuel consumption, distance travelled on each job, benchmark calibrations for comfort and fuel efficiency. This data allows us to manage the use of our vehicles in a number of ways and reducing fuel consumption and emission levels. Since the implementation of MT Data, we have seen a significant reduction in fuel usage per year.
- All coaches require the use of refrigerant gas to run air conditioning systems and we use Refrigerant 134A due to its low ozone depletion count.
- Reduced paper usage in our office through the implementation of paper reuse, our No Print Policy, and the use of an electronic filing system. All printed material included unused brochures are recycled, and 41% of our brochures are printed with eco-friendly UV inks.
- We implement a ‘clean wash bay approach’ for all vehicles at our depot through the onsite treatment of waste water in a Coalescing Plate Separator.
- Our team is committed to the removal of traveller litter and rubbish in areas used for tours.
- Our office is a single-use plastic free environment.
- Our fleet and onsite equipment undergo regular maintenance and servicing in order to decrease emissions and maintain reliability and longevity of equipment.
- At our office, all unnecessary lighting and electronics are switched off when not in use.