Australia has been hit by one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in history. Several million animals have perished in the blazes, adding to the toll taken on local in the region. You may have thought this has removed Australia from your luxury travel bucket list – but that simply isn’t true. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit.
Do you want to make an impact on your next vacation? Australia could use your help.
Australia is the size of the United States but has just 25 million residents. Australia’s Luxury Lodge collection, which is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to all the accommodations around the island continent, has 19 lodges spread over 17 different regions. Many of these eco-lodges are leading examples of sustainability.
These lodges partner with nearly 2,000 varied businesses that supply products or services to guests in an effort to provide the authentic Australian experience. Think knowledgeable guides, winemakers, or craftsmen – these people are intertwined in the fabric of a luxury lodge experience. But this doesn’t include businesses or services that are apparent to guests, such as the behind-the-scenes locals and businesses. Many of these businesses are small and family-owned, but are an enormous contribution to the region’s sustainability.
In fact, the economic contributions of just one lodge can have great impact on the surrounding communities. This impact is positive in the best of times, but it can be crippling in the worst. Declines in tourism could mean devastation for this part of the world.
Of course, we’re not asking you to visit areas ravaged by fires, but the greater part of Australia is absolutely safe to visit. And ready with open arms to welcome you!
So, how can you help? How about a wildlife survey count? Conserving the most iconic of Australia’s wildlife is a necessity, and here are a few ways you can assist with the venture:
• Animal counting
• Planting trees
• Water testing
• Rebuild river bed erosion
• Assist a team of researchers from a local university
You could learn a lot as you help preserve Australia’s animal and plant life.
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