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Small World Journeys - Ecotourism Travel in Cairns, Australia

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Website:
www.smallworldjourneys.com.au

Contact email:
info@smallworldjourneys.com.au


What we Offer:
Small World Journeys is the ecotourism travel
company of Cairns, Australia.


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Small World Journeys aims to serve its guests by offering a true ecotourism experience in Cairns, Australia.

Our goal is to promote sustainable travel by keeping tourist dollars in the community by using only locally-owned businesses, by making our operations carbon-neutral, and by raising awareness of the environmental and cultural issues facing Australia's tropical north and the world.

Our multi-day itineraries mix nature, adventure and culture with unique lodging and exceptional cuisine. Led by a local naturalist guide, our Small Group trips are designed to giveguests the best of the Cairns region-the classic attractions and the hidden gems-while traveling in an ecologically responsible and comfortable style.

Small Group Trip: The Voyager

4 day/3 nights.
All-inclusive set departure, maximum 10 guests.

Day and nocturnal wildlife viewing with professional naturalist guide, discovering the Daintree rainforest, hiking in Wooroonooran National Park, choice of sea kayaking, horse riding or jungle canopy zip line at Cape Tribulation, and an authentic aboriginal culture/tracking experience. Includes all meals, all transport, all accommodation in 4-star eco-lodge and Daintree rainforest hotel, naturalist guide throughout, carbon offsetting and a 25-square metre plot of Daintree rainforest adopted in each guest's name.

$1795 AUD

Small Group Trip: The Adventurer

8 day/7 nights.
All-inclusive set departure, maximum 10 guests.
Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, aboriginal-led rainforest walk, hiking in Daintree and Wooroonooran National Parks, live aboard sailing to The Great Barrier Reef, two full days of snorkeling or SCUBA diving. Includes all but 1 meal, all transport, all accommodation in 4-star eco-lodge and boutique hotel, naturalist guide throughout, carbon offsetting a 25-square metre plot of Daintree rainforest adopted in each guest's name.

$3395 AUD

Small Group Trip: The Explorer

8 day/7 nights.
All-inclusive set departure, maximum 10 guests.
Wildlife viewing, hiking in Granite Gorge,Daintree and Wooroonooran National Parks, optional sunrise hot air balloon ride, live aboard sailing to The Great Barrier Reef; two full days of snorkeling or SCUBA diving, aboriginal-led rainforest walk, and outback pioneer homestead. Includes all but 1 meal, all transport, all accommodation in 4-star eco-lodges and boutique hotel, naturalist guide throughout, carbon offsetting a 25-square metre plot of Daintree rainforest adopted in each guest's name.

$2995 AUD

Special Eclipse 2012 Trips

4- to 8- day packages.
View the total solar eclipse of 14 November on your choice of three remarkable tours: aboard a luxury boat moored overnight at the Great Barrier Reef on the eclipse centreline (Eclipse by Reef Boat), from a lighthouse lookout on a tropical island (Eclipse by Tropical Island) or from a lofty perch 2000 metres above the earth in a hot air balloon (Eclipse by Balloon). All three adventures include accommodation, some meals, and carbon offsetting and feature an eclipse presentation by 2011 Nobel Laureate Brian Schmitt.

From $1795 AUD

Independent Journeys

Custom-designed according to budget and dates available. Individual travelers, couples, families, or groups. Local guide is optional.

Educational Adventures

Custom-designed trips according to budget and dates available. Specialty educational groups and students of all ages. Focus areas include: marine science, rainforest ecology, indigenous culture, biology, ecotourism, and wildlife viewing.

Eco-policies:

As a tour operator, our focus lies on travelling in small groups, helping preserve the natural areas we travel in, supporting local businesses and people and promoting positive social exchanges.

ENVIRONMENTAL:

We aim to have as little impact as possible. We offset 100% of our carbon emissions and also give our guests the option of purchasing offsets for their air travel. We do not produce multi-page paper brochures and the majority of correspondence is done through email to reduce the need for paper. In our office we use energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning products, and recycled paper. We also compost food scraps and lawn waste to limit our contribution to landfills. On our trips, we abide by Leave No TraceT environmental principles, use locally owned eco-friendly lodging, and provide high-quality interpretation of Cairns' flora and fauna. We also feel it is important to offer itineraries in a relatively small but diverse area, thus reducing our need for petrol and providing our guests with a more intimate and deeper travel experience.

SOCIO-CULTURAL:

We keep our Small Group trips at a maximum of 10 guests to lighten our socio-cultural and environmental impact. Every Small Group trip includes an interpretive walk led by an aboriginal guide to give our guests an indigenous perspective and enrich their experience. We educate our guests about cultural etiquette and appropriate behaviour through extensive pre-trip materials and education during our trips. Experiences off the tourist trail, like a visit to a private outback pioneer homestead or making didgeridoos with an aboriginal family, provides guests with a deeper cultural understanding.

ECONOMIC:

By using only locally-owned accommodation, restaurants, and outfitters on our Small Group trips, Small World Journeys ensures the community receives a direct economic benefit. All of our guides are local people. We provide our guides with appropriate training to ensure they understand and comply with our responsible tourism policy. We also encourage our guests to buy locally produced products available from locally-owned shops, markets and artists, and we give guests a list of where they can find these places in Cairns. We actively support cultural and environmental initiatives--such as Treeforce and The Aboriginal Children's Advancement Society--through financial contributions and direct participatory involvement.

BEST PRACTICES:

We have made a commitment to offset the carbon emissions that result from all of our office operations, trips, and staff air travel through Sustainable Travel International's myclimateT portfolio, thereby making us a carbon-neutral company. Our memberships include the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Ecotourism Australia, and Sustainable Travel International(STI). We provide every guest with their own reusable water bottle, cloth shopping bag, and a rainforest tree planted in their name.

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