environment. or the Northern Territory ‘Wildlife Park‘. created by the state Conservation Commission. which offers the chance to view animals native to. or wild in. that
Explore the possibilities of travelling with a responsible tour organisation. and question where the money goes which you spend on a holiday. In Queensland for
instance. two ofthe state‘s
universities have set up a programme called 'I‘ravel-earn. which offers a fresh (Australian) perspective on a variety oftopics. from history and heritage to archaeology and marine biology (day trips to two-week tours
In the Northern 'l'erritory. if you‘ve got a bit ofextra cash to play
Monkey Mia, Western Australia
with. the Seven Spirit Wilderness Company (the name comes from the seven seasons identified by local aborigines) will set you up in a hexagonal ‘dwelling‘ in a permanent community ofnaturalists. anglers, sailors and craftspeople. where ‘getting back to nature' is the name of the game. Mick Dundee would be
And contact the Australian environmental groups before you go. or once you‘re there. and find out first-hand what the current problems
These are just a few of Australia’s sustainable options: the ATC in Britain has details ofmore. Australia seems to be grasping the nettle. but it needs your support.
I Australian Tourist Commission Tourism Australia. Gemini House. 10/18 Putney Hill. London SW15 6AA. 081 780 2227. I Qantas Qantas Iiouse. 395/403 King Street. London W6 9N1. 0345 747 767. The national carrier. has an environmental policy. Return fares from 860.
I The Kangaroo Club
99 Easter Road. Edinburgh. 031 652 1101. Offers reduced fares on Qantas, from £711 return. including two Far East stopovers, and two ﬂights in Australia on Qantas flights (eg London— Singapore—Cairns— Sydney-Perth—Bangkok—
I Booking The ATC has details of Shark Bay, Northern Territory Wildlife Park, TraveLearn, Seven Spirit Wilderness Company. and more. Its brochure. A ustralia: A Traveller's Guide lists tour operators here and in Australia. I Tour Operators Group and tailor-made tours from Twictters World 081 892 8164, from around £550 (Tasmania Overland Trek). Eight days at Seven Spirit Bay from £905. Prices not including ﬂights. Family stays and cattle station holidays also available. £15 from every booking goes to the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.
‘Soft adventure holidays‘ are available
from Rainbow Holidays 0904 643399. natural history tours from
‘ Naturetreli 0962 733051 ;
both companies are working to implement sustainable tourism policies, and both support conservation work.
I Environmental Groups Australian Conservation Foundation 340 Gore Street, Fitzroy. Victoria 3065.
The Wilderness Society 130 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000.
World Wildlite Fund Level 17,31 Market Street. Sydney, NSW 2000. Greenpeace Australia Studio 14, 37 Nicholson Street. Balmain, NSW 2041. Friends oi the Earth 222 Brunswick Street. Fitzroy, Victoria 3065.
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