Australia can be considered one of the world’s top travel destinations, with beautiful untouched beaches and unique wildlife. With so much to see and do, you could stay here for weeks and only just touch the surface. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can travel Australia sustainably. Let’s get started.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce: The process of reducing involves limiting the amount of waste you make each and every day. For example, by making smart decisions while traveling and buying products that aren’t in plastic packaging, you won’t be throwing out as much each day.
Reuse: The process of reusing involves eliminating waste by choosing products that can be used multiple times. For example, a cloth shopping bag, beeswax wrap, or refillable coffee mug.
Recycle: Recycling is very important in Australia and can done easily. Just read the signs on the bins to determine what goes where. In some places, you can even earn money back for recycling your cans.
Research sustainable accommodation
When going on vacation, you want to make sure that you are choosing eco-friendly accommodation. To determine this, before you book, head online, and take a look at their website. They will often have a sustainability plan that you can view.
You also want to make sure that you are thoughtful during your stay. Minimize your time in the shower and turn off the lights when you are out and about. Traveling sustainably can be easy, you just have to be vigilant, and change a few of your habits.
Use public transport
Unlike in some other countries, the public transport system in Australia is quite extensive and affordable. You can get a bus pass easily to take you around most cities, and there are also train and tram options. There are even long routes that can take your right across the country.
By taking public transport instead of hiring a car or van, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help make Australia a better place. On top of that, it can save you a lot of money, as gas/fuel prices can be quite expensive in certain areas.
Check out the wildlife sanctuaries
Around all of Australia, there are heaps of wildlife sanctuaries that focus on the conservation of these incredible creatures. By visiting them, you are donating to these great causes and get to spend time with some of the Australian native wildlife. Kangaroos, koalas, and emu’s anyone?
Make sure you check out the Australia Zoo in memory of the incredible Steve Irwin, as well as some of the smaller ones such as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It’s one thing you’ll definitely want to add to your itinerary.
Stay on the paths
Australia is also home to many incredible walking and hiking trails, perfect for you to get a little work out on your trip. While you might be tempted to stray off the path, you should stick to them as much as possible. This is to ensure you don’t damage any native habitats, and accidentally leave rubbish behind.
On top of this, Australia is home to most of the venomous snakes in the world, so stick the trail, and you can avoid running into these slithery friends!
Help protect our beaches
One of Australia’s most exceptional qualities is its high number of pristine white sand beaches. This draws in thousands of tourists every year, looking to soak up the sun, snorkel the reef, and get some surf lessons.
Many programs are in place to protect our beaches, but it’s important that you do your part while traveling.
Make sure you take any rubbish with you and avoid touching anything if you are snorkeling. This is not only for the safety of the marine life but your safety as well!
Lastly, another way to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling Australia is to buy local as much as possible. Generally, this is much more affordable, and the freshly grown produce is fantastic.
If you take any trips out to smaller towns, you can also help by purchasing from local stores and markets. You’ll get incredible handmade gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world.
By following the above tips, you can explore this incredible country, while doing your part to protect our planet. It’s not as difficult as it may seem and can certainly make a huge difference. Good luck, remember to enjoy yourself, and don’t forget to have fun!
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