Tasmania

Photo: Tatters, Du Cane Hut Tasmania is Australia’s island state, located 240 kilometers (150 miles) to the south of the Australian continent (nicknamed the North Island), separated by Bass Strait. The state capital and largest city is Hobart. Wiki Tasmania Photos Planeta.com Australia

South Australia

South Australia is Australia’s third-largest state covering 984,400 square kilometers (380,000 square miles). The majority of the state’s population live in Adelaide. GEOLOGY South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is home to the oldest rocks on the planet. Geoscience Australia used a specialised microprobe known to identify rocks that are more than 3 billion years old. COORONG …

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 …

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 …