Ecotourism Warriors

At Cairns River Cruises, we take our commitment to environmental sustainability and ecotourism seriously. Preserving and protecting the pristine environments we’re privileged to call our workplaces, is an integral element of all our operations.

Ecotourism Warriors – Cairns River Cruises is a part of the Cairns Adventure Group (CAG), which is proud to be ECO Certified at the Ecotourism level with Ecotourism Australia. CAG was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2019, in recognition of 20 years of consecutive ECO Certification. CAG is also certified as a Climate Action Business and support Carbon Neutral initiatives and activities for our guests.

Environmental Policy – Our policy is to leave no footprint from our activities and provide accurate interpretation of the National Parks during our tours. More on this below.

Environmental Management – We endorse the 7 Principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ as part of its commitment to the protection of all the environments we visit, for all our tours. For more information see below or visit Leave No Trace

Cairns River Cruises, part of Cairns Adventure Group. Ecotourism Warriors. Protect. Present. Conserve.


As a part of Cairns Adventure Group, Cairns River Cruises takes our commitment to environmental sustainability and ecotourism seriously. We are ecotourism warriors; pledged to maintain and respect the pristine, unique and fragile environment, within which we live and work. We believe conservation starts with education. We take guests into sensitive marine environments, providing them with not only an awesome time, but the information needed to have a better understanding of why we need to protect these places. Through guided engagement with the natural environment, we help build awareness and connection, fostering the desire to help protect it. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and sea and recognise their connection to this cultural landscape. We operate in the Trinity Inlet area, which the Wet Tropics recognise as being a part of the traditional lands of three different Traditional Owner Groups. The Inlet water ways are recognised as Traditional Sea County by Yirrganydji (Irukandji) People. Admiralty Island is recognised as Gimuy Walubara Yidinji People’s Country. Land to east side of Inlet is Mandingalbay Yidinji People’s Country. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Our Environmental Policy

Our Environmental Policy is to leave no footprint from our activities and provide accurate interpretation of the environment in which we operate during our tours. At a minimum, our aims and objectives are to:

  • Ensure compliance with our National Park Permit conditions.
  • Identify and limit any possible environmental risk associated with our operation.
  • Contribute to the appropriate conservation objectives of governing bodies.
  • Ensure there is no long term environmental or cultural impact from our operations.
  • Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Our aim at Cairns River Cruises is to have all our guests educated about the importance of the estuary and mangrove ecosystem and its vulnerability from the impacts of changing climates, rising sea levels, pollution, deforestation, poaching and other human influences. We aim to better educate our guests about what they can do to have a positive impact on the environment.

Environmental MANAGEMENT

Protecting Queensland’s natural and cultural heritage is the responsibility of everyone involved in adventure activities, leaders, organisations and participants. At Cairns River Cruises, we endorse the 7 Principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ as our commitment to the protection of the environment we visit for all of our tours. This includes:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimise the Impact of Fire
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

Further information in regards to this, is available at Leave No Trace

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