Right from the outset, a way of travel that both protected the Australian environment and respected its local cultures was central to the ethos of ATA.
In 1998, citing the area’s significance to First Nations culture, we were the first tour company to advise our travellers against climbing Uluru. The close working partnerships we’ve established with several First Nations communities over the years are an achievement of which we’re particularly proud. Not only do these cultural interchanges inspire in our travellers an appreciation for one of the world’s longest surviving cultures; they continue to inform our own understandings of country. In 2015 we were honoured when the Olkola people of Cape York Peninsula invited us to start exploring their recently reacquired homelands with them.
For us, environmentally aware tourism is the only way to go. To keep our carbon footprint light and on-road waste minimal we use the eight principles of Eco Certification. Each of our guides is trained across all aspects of eco friendliness, from the selecting of campsites and management of waste to the upkeep of equipment and minimizing of carbon emissions.
Adventure Tours and carbon emissions
When you travel with us, you can relax in the knowledge that the carbon generated from your trip has been offset. We offset all our office and trip emissions by investing in several highly accredited renewable energy projects around the world.
Partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
We work in partnership with Aboriginal communities on many of our trips, educating our travellers about the land and its significance to its Traditional Owners. Their guidance means we're able to visit sites of cultural siginificance in a way that's low impact and culturally sensitive.
Supporting local communities
Finished one of our Northern Territory Basix trips and don't want to hold on to your sleeping bags? Simply leave it with us. We'll donate it to one of several community organisations in Alice Springs, such as the Red Cross or Darwin Foodbank.
Adventure Tours and the Australian Conservation Foundation
The Australian Conservation Foundation (or ACF) is a not-for-profit environmental organisation that works across societies to secure sustainable environements. Through our sister charity organiation, The Intrepid Foundation, Adventure Tours are supporting ACF's work with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC), helping to develop a Cultural Enterprise Hub that will strengthen the existing First Nations Ranger program and develop new tourism opportunities.