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Australia has shown immense dedication to the Sustainable Development Goals with the government, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals showing a strong commitment in building a sustainable future.

Below, we look at a few destinations from “down under” and their sustainability efforts.

Brisbane
The third largest city in Australia ranks high in terms of sustainability because of their efficient and easily accessible transport system. Due to their focus on sustainable activities such as composting, waste management, and recycling, Brisbane won the Dame Phyllis Frost first prize in 2015.

City of Canada Bay (Sydney)
The City of Canada Bay is an area located in Sydney. A common feature for all initiatives introduced by the local administration is the involvement of citizen participation. The city has also launched the Greenhouse Action Plan, with a commitment to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Glenorchy (Hobart)
The small town of Glenorchy, located in Hobart, has been recognised for a project involving the industrial reuse of rainwater, which saves approximately 400 million litres of water a year. Furthermore, the town has taken steps to educate the youth with awareness campaigns on solidarity recycling, compost recycling and urban gardens.

For more examples of other noteworthy sustainable destinations in Australia, have a look at the list compiled by Keep Australia Beautiful here.

Tip for travellers

If you would like to find out which Australian tourism operators, accommodations, and attractions are eco-friendly, then look for accreditation by Ecotourism Australia. The Eco Certification logo is carried by those businesses that are recognised as environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

You can visit the Green Travel Guide, published by Ecotourism Australia, to go through their list of all accredited businesses.

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This study aims to enhance the understanding of tourist experiences and behaviour in urban destinations by analysing the spatial movements of tourists, identifying the key attributes they are seeking in urban destinations, determining how important these attributes are to their experiences, evaluating how two urban destinations performed in relation to these attributes, and assessing whether there are key differences between different types of visitors to urban destinations. The ultimate aim of this project is to inform and guide the future governance and improved functioning of urban tourism destinations by developing a better understanding of the tourist in such settings.

by Deborah Edwards, Tony Griffin, Bruce Hayllar, Tracey Dickson and Stephen Schweinsberg

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E-Commerce in Tourism: Use of Websites by Small Regional and Urban Enterprises

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This scoping study systematically explored the nature and extent to which small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) are currently online, in order to determine how they are to benefit from online technologies. Small businesses in Sydney and Melbourne (urban area) as well as regional Victoria (Bendigo) (rural area) that rely on  tourism were examined, and their use of websites, to determine the strategic management and implementation of websites by owners/operators of SMTEs.

by Andrew P. Davidson and Stephen Burgess

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E-Commerce in Tourism: Use of Websites by Small Regional and Urban Enterprises

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The research project conducted fieldwork in a number of case studies in metropolitan and regional and rural areas of New South Wales and Victoria in order to investigate and explore the intersection between traditional and new cultural landscape precincts and the current and future patterns of Australian tourism. Cultural landscapes of tourism are diverse in character. This project compared the more ‘traditional’ cultural tourist precinct of Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales and Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf with the cosmopolitan cultural diversity of ethnic precincts including Sydney’s and Melbourne’s Chinatown and Melbourne’s Little Italy, Lygon Street.
by Jock Collins, Simon Darcy, Kirrily Jordan, Ruth Skilbeck, Simone Grabowski, Vicki Peel, David Dunstan, Gary Lacey, and Tracey Firth
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In 2010, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney was commissioned to develop a set of Australian tourism Sustainability Performance Indicators (SPI) relevant at the national and destination levels. The project was managed by the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) and was directed by a National Steering Committee that represented the major stakeholder organisations in the industry, including the major peak industry bodies.    This report, which is the first of three final reports from the project, provides a summary of how the framework was prepared, introduces its main features and indicates how the information is presented.    2. Final Report No. 2: Preparing the Framework, which outlines the process undertaken to develop the indicator framework.    3. Final Report No. 3: Detailed Indicator Framework, which provides the details of the proposed indicator framework including sources of information and data.

by Institute for Sustainable Futures

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Australian Tourism Sustainability Performance Indicators: Final Report 1: Presenting the Framework

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The aim of this research was to explore and compare choice behaviours of different consumers for specific domestic and overseas destinations offering a particular set of holiday experiences. The selected eight destinations represent the whole range of option types for short trip vacation travel from or within Australia: overseas (Asia/Pacific), domestic metropolitan interstate, regional interstate, local regional (intrastate) and local ‘home’ destination. The implementation and modelling of consumer choice experiments such as this provides a powerful method for deconstructing and understanding how tourism consumers make decisions.

by  Harmen Oppewal, Twan Huybers and Geoffrey I. Crouch

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How Do Australians Choose Holiday Destinations and Experiences? Modelling Consumer Choice

 

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales Australia.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 New South Wales: Sydney Region

 

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Blue Mountains area west of Sydney, New South Wales.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 New South Wales: Blue Mountains Region

 

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Capital Country region located north of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 New South Wales: Capital Country Region

 

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Glebe Point YHA near Sydney Australia is a youth hostel popular among international visitors and the working holiday makers. This Case Study looks at the challenges faced and initiatives undertaken to minimise energy usage.

by ATEC, EC3 Global

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