Australia’s unique flora and fauna, along with the natural assets contribute to the biodiversity of the country.
Australia is blessed with several forms of animal and plant life; from the primitive monotremes (echidnas and platypus) to marsupials (koalas and wombats) rodents, and bats. Retile and amphibian fauna like saltwater Crocodiles in the Top End to the small lizards in Tasmania. Lots of bird life here, namely, the brolga and emus to the Fairy wens and Firetails. Plants and vegetation communities have their attractions as well, such plant species are the bottlebrush and banksias along with the well know Eucalyptus.
All these assess are now becoming more widely accessible to the tourist. From couch tours to walking tours there are numerous ways to experience the gems of Australia, and that is–Ecotourism.
Ecotourism is booming; visitors are becoming more aware of the sensitively of many areas and activities and are following suit by joining eco wildlife walks to swimming with dolphins. Visitors can now experience natural parks and World Heritage Sites, like the Great Barrier Reef or Kakadu without being distractive to the surrounding environment. Zoos can be seen as ecotourism venues too, as these institutions are often the last places where the visitor can see an endangered species or rarely seen species up close.
It is the author’s opinion that tourism in Australia, or for that fact any country, is to shrive away from tradition forms of tourism, to a more ecological view and conduct their tour accordingly, by ecotourism whereas the tourist can enjoy nature with the lowest impact on the planet. Australia is one of the leaders in this field, but more can be done to protect and conserve our environment for generations to come
Written by Tim Marriott
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