Eco Credentials

Ecotourism

The definition of ecotourism adopted by Ecotourism Australia is:

“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.”

Advanced Ecotourism Certification 

Dirk Hartog Island achieved Advanced Ecotourism certification assuring travellers that we are committed to sustainable and best practice tourism.

Ecotourism Australia – Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.

Power

92% of the island’s power supply is produced from a hybrid Solar Array & Wind powered generators.  A backup DSL generator is required during the winter months when the days are shorter and the winds are light.

  • Since installation the system has reduced generator run time from 18hrs per day to averaging 1.8hrs per day.
  • Saving 36,000 litres of diesel per year
  • Reducing

Water

The accommodation is supplied water via a solar pump and windmill located 7km away.  The water is an old well developed during the pastoral period.  The water is limited and used sparingly. Drinking water is desalinated from the well water with any reject water used on gardens.

Recycling & Waste

  • Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge has a glass crusher that reduces glass to the size of sand.  This is then stored and then used in cement during any future developments.
  • Cans & tins are crushed using the old wool press and then removed from the island to mainland re-cycling depots in Geraldton.

Education

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s project ‘Return To 1616′ on Dirk Hartog Island is aimed at transforming the island into an Ark for endangered animals. This project has a budget of over $17m and is well on the way to achieving major milestones including the eradication of feral goats and cats making it the largest island in the World to be feral cat free.

Visitors to the island are educated on the project and encouraged to spread the word on the milestones being achieved.

Contribution

Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge supports the project via discounted accommodation and meals.

Dirk Hartog Island also supports the project via transpiration of DPaW vehicles, fuel and supplies ex Denham and Steep Point on our purpose built landing barge.

Advanced Ecotourism Certified
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