Sustainability

Our philosophy

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters is the longest established coach operator in Cairns, and we are proud to be constantly striving towards greener and more eco-friendly tours, something we’ve had at the core of our ethos since we began in 1981!

We have been inducted into the Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame, as we have been Eco certified for 20 years. It recognises Tropic Wings as a company that has helped pave the way for responsible and sustainable tourism. We respect the environment and are committed to environmental best practices to ensure we promote sustainability and protect our natural assets.

 

Recognising and combating climate change and its impacts

  • Our 100% electric bus operating on all our Kuranda tours reduces CO2 emissions by up to 30 tonnes each year
  • Travelling in groups on a coach minimises the carbon footprint
  • Our drivers are trained to operate responsibly – we don’t leave our engines idling when the coach is not in use, reducing noise and air pollution
  • We deliver informative and relevant commentary about the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to educate and increase awareness about the biodiversity and ecological and cultural significance of the area

 

 

Sustainable and responsible treatment of our natural resources is fundamental

 

Environment-friendly practices

  • Our coaches are parked in the shade wherever possible to assist with air-conditioning and passenger comfort
  • The majority of our vehicles are diesel – the introduction of AdBlue neutralises the fuel
  • We use eco-friendly cleaning products

 

Recycling

  • We take out everything we take in and have a recycling plan in place
  • All of our plastic bottles get recycled
  • The maintenance workshop uses an oil separation system separating oil from water and ensures appropriate disposal
  • We re-use our water in the coach washing machine, which minimises our water usage

 

Our visitors are valuable and deserve a high-quality experience

  • Tropic Wings offers tours to Kuranda and the Daintree Rainforest with multi-language skilled tour guide drivers
  • We track our visitors’ experience and actively engage with them in feedback discussions to improve our performance

 

Support of our local community in the Cairns region

  • Tropic Wings changed the business model and included a school bus service for Cairns’ school kids
  • We regularly donate to the Cairns Organisation United for Cancer Health (https://couch.org.au)
  • We support the local community with transportation options and sponsorships, such as the Gondwana Children’s Choir

 

Decent employment opportunities and quality education

  • We offer stable employment and (re-)training opportunities for the local community
  • Indigenous employment is actively encouraged and desired
  • Our training centre provides multiple accredited training courses in the hospitality and tourism sector
  • CaPTA developed and implemented an Indigenous Employment Strategy in 2008 to increase employment for local Indigenous people

 

 

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