Cape Tribulation Accommodation - eco-accommodation in the Daintree
Rainforest National Park
Ecotourism.org defines ecotourism as:"responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education"
The wellbeing of local people includes you spending your money directly
with local population instead of outside multi-national companies. You
can do this by BOOKING
DIRECT WITH ACCOMMODATION OWNERS instead of going
through a worldwide site that demands 12 to 30% commission. The worldwide
push to monopolize accommodation bookings takes income away from hard
working accommodation owners and drives up the price of your room everywhere.
And it is not only sites like Booking.com that take large commissions,
even AirBnB which started off with minimal booking fees has now quietly
but substantially raised their charges.
Even for a small family business the commissions can easily reach $900.-
a month and that money could be better spent on improving the facilities
of the accommodation, school or new clothes for the owners children,
or a hard earned holiday, instead of the money going to another super
yacht or holiday mansion for the millionaire CEO of a multi-national
ALSO OFFER FREE TICKETS FOR THE DAINTREE FERRY FOR BOOKINGS MADE THROUGH
Other tips to be a good eco-tourist;
Don't grab one each of every brochure in our tour desk and then dump
them all in the bin like we have seen some people do.
Carry a water bottle with you that you refill, instead of buying new
ones all the time.
We have a ceramic water filter which filters any possible bacteria out
of water from our beautiful rain forest creek, please use this instead
of carting up packs of plastic bottles like some people have done.
One couple that stayed that stayed only two nights with us left 46 plastic
What does it mean if someone displays the eco-certification logo of Ecotourism Australia on their website or advertising?
It means they have paid their application fee, and they paid their annual fee to Ecotourism Australia, and they have ticked the right boxes on the form.
Early 2014 a monstrosity of a concrete house was completed in Cape Tribulation, the amount of energy and resources gone in to this impractical structure was staggering, but it was widely advertised in the media as green, carbon-neutral and self-sufficient because it catches rainwater off the roof, and because it has some solar panels to reduce the running hours of the big generator. Total nonsense. Hypocritical greenwash.
Over the years I have known of eco-certified accommodation who run
air-conditioners on a diesel generator all year even through the winter,
eco-certified tour operators who lost their licence for speeding in
cassowary habitat areas, I have witnessed another eco-certified tour
operator blast through the Daintree at at least 100km/hour at night
when animals often cross the road, and when you talk to most of these
people in private they admit that they think it is all BS but they don't
mind paying just to have the eco logo on their site expecting it will
Displaying their eco certification logo only means they have paid their
fees, not that they are genuinely interested in being as green as possible,
or are even doing much...
At Rainforest Hideaway we don't join in hypocritical games like this, we do our own thing and consider ourself to be green enough to self-certify as eco-friendly.
- A absolute minimum of forest has been cleared to fit Rainforest Hideaway in to the jungle, not like some other places that are now somewhere near the forest, no longer in it.
- Rainforest Hideaway has the smallest generator of all resorts and only run this for a maximum of six hours a day on average to supplement the solar panels which do not always work too well in a rainforest.
- We harvest the plentiful supply of rainwater that falls in Cape Tribulation. We have a gravity feed line from the creek which requires no energy at all, and a float valve on the tank so we don't waste water in overflow.
- We do not chlorinate the drinking water or treat it with any other chemicals or treatments that require electricity, we use a dual cartridge water filter of ceramic and carbon cartridge to deliver pure clean drinking water, gravity fed from the tank.
- Every guest is encouraged to refill their plastic water bottles from
our water filter instead of disposing of bottles and then going to the
shop to buy new ones. Nothing more stupid than being in a rainforest
with plentiful supply of clean drinking water, and then buying water
that got trucked up all the way from Brisbane. Did you know that the
amount of energy that goes in to producing a plastic bottle of drinking
water and getting it to you equates to 30% of this bottle filled with
- We try to grow as much fruit as we can ourselves, on the property we have pineapples, bananas, passionfruit, water cherries, and other fruit trees include mango, jackfruit, lychee, mangosteen, durian, rambutan, and chocolate pudding fruit.
- Our laundry is done in Cape Tribulation, and not in Cairns like many resorts do, as we can't see the point of the sheets having to be driven a 300 km. round trip while there is so much water in Cape Trib to wash them.
- No air-conditioners, hair-dryers, microwaves, and other big power guzzlers.
- All building are designed to let natural airflow do the cooling, and skylights let the daylight in.
- Natural local materials are used where ever possible as building supplies.
- We recycle all recyclables and do a run to the dump only once every two or three months.
- Frogs are an indicator of the state of environment, and they are very
happy around Rainforest Hideaway, people have even complained on Tripadvisor
about the sound of the numerous frogs at night. Further proof of how
well Rainforest Hideaway blends in to the natural environment without
disturbance comes from the cassowaries who feel very much at around
Rainforest Hideaway, so much they mated on the back door step in 2012!
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