The Savannah Way Green Trail

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Australia’s tropical savannahs are a rich series of ecosystems comprising 19 bioregions and a diverse heritage of human interaction. This has included traditional Aboriginal land management, Macassan sea slug harvesting, pioneer water buffalo hunting, defence operations and today’s mining operations and environmental initiatives.  To learn more about the values of this complex environment download The Nature of Northern Australia (PDF 15Mb) here.

The Savannah Way Green Trail showcases Responsible Tourism across northern Australia.

Responsible tourism is a sustainable approach to the management of tourism, providing more enjoyable experiences for tourists through connecting with local people and communities.  The attractions listed below have committed to using sustainable principles to minimise their environmental impact, and support positive community initiatives.

Travellers can discover significant conservation activity, sustainable land uses, local history, cultural values, native flora and fauna along the Savannah Way from Cairns to Broome.

Visit these Responsible Tourism sites on the Savannah Way:

Ash’s Holiday Units and Cafe

BIG 4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

Billy Tea Safaris

Carpentaria Barra

Cobbold Gorge

Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

Croc and Crab Tours

End of the Road Motel

Ferryman River Cruises

Gilberton Outback Retreat

Golden Drop Winery

Jabiru Safari Lodge

Midnight Emporium

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Nitmiluk Tours

Normanton Solar Farm

Scouller Energy

Sunset Tavern

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

The Crystal Caves

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

Albion Hotel Normanton

On The Wallaby

Kurunda Koala & Birdworld

Mulga Bicycle tours

Hartleys Croc Adventures

Longreach Solar Farm

Oakey Solar Farm

Northern Australia is also building its sustainable power generation.

The Normanton Solar Farm partners commenced planning and development stage in 2014, to build and operate a 5MW Solar Photovoltaic power station at Normanton. The Normanton Solar Farm, with support from its principal partners Scouller Energy (SE), and Canadian Solar Inc, will utilise proven solar technology and efficient construction practices, while also delivering seamless integration into Ergon Energy’s Electricity grid.

Positioning generation at the far end of the sub transmission (66kV) network has the potential to catalyse a new wave of renewable energy investment in other fringe-of-grid locations, and will also provide valuable learnings for solar applications in remote, tropical locations.

Barron Gorge Hydro-Power Station was Australia’s first underground power station, built in 1935 to harness the immense power of water flowing over Barron Falls near Cairns.