New South Wales

Photo: Ron Mader, Byron Bay Lighthouse New South Wales is in the southeast of Australia with the Pacific Ocean to the East, Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south. FLORA Waratahs (Telopea speciosissima) belong to the genus Telopea, in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to a small area of the central …

Canberra

Photo: ArchivesACT, Bogong Moth Sculpture Canberra is the capital of Australia and the 150 kilometers from the coast, the country’s largest inland city. The name Canberra is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’ which means ‘meeting place.’ The city has a population of 325,000. Canberrans live in a city of broad streets, green parks and …

Western Australia

Photo: Mark Pegrum, HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton Western Australia is the country’s largest state, covering the western third of the continent of Australia. Geography Western Australia is the country’s largest state. Desert occupies most of the territory. Among the natural highlights: The Kimberley Western Australia is bordered by South Australia and the Northern Territory. Timor …

The Kimberley

Western Australia – The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Remote and rugged, the sandstone landscape is spectacular with ancient gorges, pristine beaches and wide horizons. FITZROY CROSSING Fitzroy Crossing straddles the Fitzroy River. The town is a hub for visits to nearby Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. ABORIGINAL …

Townsville

Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city. NATURAL WORLD Surrounded by tropical rainforests and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a cosmopolitan city in the dry tropics. It has a population of 170,000. Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith …

The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife

Photo: Wildlife Information Centre This essay is excerpted from a presentation at the 2002 International Ecotourism Conference in Cairns. A traveller almost always has limited time and limited money and is looking for quality experiences within those constraints. Wildlife tour operators have to deliver these quality experiences. In this competitive world we need to not …