We are committed to ecotourism:
'Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary
focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental
and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation'.
Our Bed and Breakfast and the Exotic Fruit Tasting are both ECO
Certified products. To achieve eco certification, we have been required
to go through an accreditation process and our products are audited
by an independent organisation, Ecotourism
You can recognise ECO Certified products because they display the
Ecotourism and Green Tick logo. This accreditation process is designed
to identify genuine ecotourism operators in Australia, and provides
travellers with an assurance that a certified product has a commitment
to best practice ecological sustainability and the provision of
a quality ecotourism experience.
Listed below are some of the ways that we have demonstrated our
commitment to ecological sustainability.
There is no mains/grid power at Cape Tribulation. We are committed
to being as energy efficient as possible. Our power is solar panels
and batteries with a generator back up. We implement as many energy
saving strategies as possible and ask our guests to help us do this.
Each cottage has
• a design which enables excellent cross flow ventilation,
through louvre windows and high gable venting, so that air conditioning
is not needed,
• a minimum thermal mass construction with lightweight timber,
• a low energy fridge,
• low energy lights,
• instant gas hot water
• a gas burner to boil water.
There is no air conditioning and no electrical appliances which
generate heat can be used, such as an electric jug. All the sheets
and towells from the cottages are washed in a commercial laundry
for greater efficiencies.
We do live quite happily with no dish washer and no air conditioner,
and guests are pleasantly surprised at how effective the rainforest
is, in providing natural air conditioning.
We have developed an information sheet for guests who wish to travel
by public transport to Cape Tribulation. We have also produced an
information sheet ‘Cape Trib on Foot’ which describes
all the options for exploring the Cape Tribulation area, without
a car. We also have two mountain bicycles available for guest use
at no charge.
We try to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. There is
no garbage disposal service. Once a month, recyclables are transported
to the recycling depot. Some of our strategies:
• composting of fruit and household scraps which are then
fed to the chickens which produce the eggs for the B&B breakfasts.
• glass, plastic and metal are separated and recycled.
• cardboard is used around the fruit trees as mulch
• use of recycled paper where possible
• limited use of brochures with a main emphasis on publicity
via the website
There is no town water supply at Cape Tribulation. All our water
is pumped from an underground stream about 30 metres below the surface.
This uses diesel fuel to pump the water so we try to limit the water
usage. Some of our strategies:
• sheets and towels are laundered by a commercial laundry,
not done on site
• guests towels are only changed every second day, if required
• dual flush toilets
• encourage people to stay for longer through our pricing
structure - less washing of sheets and towels.
• Greeting guests on arrival and explaining the water and
energy conservation requirements of living here, and asking for
their support in conserving resources. We provide this information
on the website to encourage people to stay who are committed to
conservation practices, and try and put off those who have resort
Social Practices - Inclusion into the World Heritage Area
When we first came to Cape Tribulation in 1988, the boundaries
for the new Wet Tropics World Heritage Area were being determined.
The decision had been made not to include private property within
the boundaries, as this was too difficult politically. We wrote
to the Wet Tropics Management Authority and asked that they include
our property within the World Heritage area. They agreed, and the
boundary was adjusted so that all our rainforest now lies within
the protected area. Less than 1% of the Wet Tropics World Heritage
Area is made up of private property.
We have now entered into a Co-operative Management Agreement with
the Wet Tropics Management Authority to manage our land, to ensure
its protection. This has been an important decision for us, and
it means that whatever happens after we die, the land will be protected.
Approximately half of our property (4 ha) is in the World Heritage
Area. We have built our B&B cottages right on the edge of the
world heritage area, overlooking the creek, and provided self guided
walking trails through the forest so that our guests can enjoy the
Social Practices - Organic farming using a permaculture philosophy
We have chosen to set up an organic farm and apply the philosophy
of permaculture to Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm. We needed to develop
a system which copied the rainforest and provided a supply of nutrients
to the orchard trees in rotting material and vegetative matter.
To this end large numbers of legume trees and legume ground covers
were planted through the orchard to provide a nitrogen supply for
We are currently undergoing organic certification for our orchard,
and do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on the farm, as
these are water soluble and can be washed out on to the Great Barrier
We provide farm produce from our farm for breakfast for the guests.
This includes a tropical fruit platter, free range eggs, and herbs
and greens from the vegetable garden.
Social Practices - Supporting local ecotourism and local community
Ecotourism is the lifeblood of the Daintree Coast, and we encourage
visitors to stay for a few days in the area, rather than visit just
for a day, through our B&B pricing structure. We encourage our
guests to visit local attractions and do local tours with local
guides, so they contribute to the well-being of the local community.
Other ECO Certified tours and attractions on the Daintree Coast
Eco Certified — Advanced Ecotourism
- Cooper Creek Wilderness
- Daintree Discovery Centre
- Daintree Rainforest River Trains
Eco Certified — Ecotourism
- Paddletrek Sea Kayaking
- Exotic Fruit Tasting
If you stay with us a few days, and share our lifestyle, you will
develop an appreciation of living in an area of high environmental
value, and how you can reduce your own impact on that environment.