Leave it in better shape than when you found it – Zac Efron’s latest travel series ‘Down to Earth’ on Netflix
The Netflix series starring Zac Efron and Darin Olien is continuing with a new season titled Down to Earth: Down Under.
This new season, which premiered on November 11th, was filmed entirely in Australia and featured numerous sustainable tourism businesses and experiences.
Travel with Zac and Darin as Tourism Australia (www.australia.com) highlights some of the sustainable experiences featured in the latest series, from protecting the Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to improving the lives of Australia’s Traditional Owners (the world’s oldest living culture).
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Honor nature and all living things in it.
Aussie Ark, New South Wales
Rewilding operations at Aussie Ark in New South Wales are giving endangered animals, including long-nosed potoroos, eastern quolls, and the world-famous Tasmanian devil, a second chance at survival.
Aussie Ark offers ranger-led excursions through free-range Tasmanian devil cages four times a month at its Barrington Tops site, five hours north of Sydney/Warrane.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, South Australia
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is an ideal getaway for those who want to reconnect with nature just 45 minutes from South Australia’s mainland.
Private tours, animal encounters, adoption sponsorships, and more are all part of the Kangaroo Island experience.
Whether you’re petting a koala, walking a dingo, or getting up close and personal with a variety of reptiles, remember to treat each and everyone with the utmost kindness and consideration.
Science for Wildlife, New South Wales
This non-profit group is using a data-driven approach to protecting Australia’s most helpless animals.
Science for Wildlife is dedicated to projects such as the Blue Mountains Koala project, the Bushfire Emergency Response project, and the National Koala Genome project through innovative research and partnerships between scientists, land managers, and communities.
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Learn about the world’s oldest continuous culture by listening to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland
Because of its commitment to improving the lives of Traditional Owners and advocating for northern Queensland’s communities, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation prioritizes the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages.
The Girringun Art Centre sells clothing, artwork, homewares, and jewelry to support its programs and exhibitions; visitors can even see artists at work.
Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Queensland
Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), located an hour north of Cairns, is owned and guided by local Aboriginal people and is the best way to discover the area’s beach, mangroves, and coastal reef, all of which are linked by the shifting mudflats and tidal lagoons.
A good tour guide will show you where to find edible and medicinal plants and show you how to throw a spear and hunt by stalking and studying wildlife.
They will tell you all about the history of this unique region and how they have learned to take good care of their country, and they will even introduce you to some of their relatives.
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Island of Masig, Strait of Torres
Located in the Torres Strait, the little coral cay known as Masig Island may be found in the eastern part of the core island group.
Only 250 people live on this island, which can only be reached by charter plane, and visitors need permission to set foot there in order to protect the island’s agricultural and natural flora and fauna.
Masig Islanders have traditionally played an essential role in the Straits commercial networks due to their expertise as navigators and extensive knowledge of the reefs.
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Brae Restaurant, Victoria
Celebrated chef, Dan Hunter’s Brae in Melbourne and Narrm, is a multi-award-winning restaurant with plush accommodations for guests and an organic farm.
The menu embodies local and culturally rich flavors, highlighting ethical and sustainable ingredients from local farmers to immerse diners in nature and the land.
High-quality ingredients are chosen daily to produce the menu, which never fails to impress and delight regulars.
Atiyah Food Culture, Victoria
With the motto “great street food, zero carbon,” Aityah Food Culture in Melbourne/Narrm is Australia’s first carbon-zero kitchen.
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The traditional saj griddle is used to produce fresh manakish flatbread according to the family’s original recipe.
The freshly selected vine leaves and mixed olives, in addition to the manakish, are the perfect accompaniment to a picnic in the sun, and the picnic boxes that include these items are a must-try for visitors.
Firedoor, New South Wales
The world-famous Firedoor restaurant in Sydney’s Surry Hills is the place to go for cutting-edge cuisine, as the restaurant runs on a wood fire and prepares each dish to order.
Firedoor’s daily dishes, helmed by chef and owner Lennox Hastie, feature seasonal foods and inventive applications of fire.
The ability to see the skilled chefs at work is another perk of an open kitchen.
Future Food System, Victoria
Joost Bakker’s much-anticipated Greenhouse/Future Food System is a two-bedroom, closed-loop home in Melbourne’s Federation Square that can provide its residents’ basic needs (housing, food, and energy) entirely on its own.
Human-driven system is an imitation of nature, using what we now consider to be “waste” to create nutritious and tasty food.
Sustainable House, New South Wales
The Sustainable House in Chippendale, a suburb of Sydney, is owned by Michael Mobbs.
It is a completely off-grid residence that he uses in his role as a Sustainability Coach to teach others how to lessen their impact on the environment, save money on utility bills, and improve their health by purchasing and preparing fresh, locally grown foods.
Michael cut off the house’s power supply from the utility poles and wires in 2015 so that solar panels and batteries could provide all of the household’s energy needs.
Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef and help with its preservation.
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Cruise Whitsundays, Queensland
Cruise Whitsundays showcases the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with its several island tours, cruises, and floating resorts.
Travelers may rest assured that they are using a sustainable company when they book a trip with Eco Barge Clean Seas, as they are an eco-certified tour operator.
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If you want to get up close and personal with your aquatic neighbours, look no further than the Reefsuites on Cruise Whitsundays, Australia’s first underwater lodging on the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef Magic Cruises, Queensland
Reef Magic Cruises’ new pontoon is the most cutting-edge vessel of its kind on the Great Barrier Reef, providing passengers with a safe refuge from which to explore the off-coast paradise of Australia.
Not only is Reef Magic a Green Travel leader according to Ecotourism Australia, but it also has an Advanced Eco Accreditation, a Respecting Our Culture Certification, and a Climate Action Business Certification.
Sustainable energy is used to power the pontoon’s three wind generators and 16 solar panels, making it an ideal starting point for a number of water-based activities such as guided snorkel tours, glass-bottom boat trips, and Indigenous tours.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation offers several different volunteer opportunities for tourists who want to do more to protect the reef while also taking in its breathtaking scenery.
Volunteer opportunities in Townsville, in north Queensland, cover a wide range of topics, from coral bleaching and mangrove conservation to reef protection and ecology.