North Sydney's Eco-friendly tourist park Lane Cove River Tourist Park has blitzed the field at the 2008 NSW Tourism Awards, winning the Tourist and Caravan Parks category and the Inaugural QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.
The self-funding caravan park has been transformed into one of Australia's leading low cost ecotourism destinations.
Every dollar earned by the Tourist Park goes back into the environment, solar power, water harvesting, habitate and regeneration of the natural environment.
It is the only tourist park in Australia to be Advanced Ecotourism certified by Ecotourism Australia and the only caravan park to provide an onsite carbon offset program where guests are encouraged to offset their vehicle and accommodation emissions by contributing to the caravan parks solar power, projects.
Lane Cove cabins
It is the second time Lane Cove River Tourist Park, located in Sydneys North, has been a finalist in these prestigious industry awards. The Park is now a finalist in the National Tourism Awards to be held in Melbourne in February 2008.
This year, there were over 125 finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards, and Lane Cove River Tourist Park beat worthy finalists including the Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park in South West Rocks, Big 4 North Star
Holiday Resort Northern Rivers, Big 4 Nelligen Holiday Park (South Coast), Broulee Beach Holiday Park (South Coast), Jenolan Caravan Park (Blue Mountains) and Austin Tourist Park in Tamworth.
Regional Manager Chris McIntosh said the NSW Tourism Award caps off an outstanding year for the park and the local environment
Lane Cove River Tourist Park began the year winning the HMAA Eco Tourism Award and has continued improvements in its sustainability and environmental plan implementation, including; habitat creation projects, solar and water projects and their waste minimization strategy.
Beautiful birdlife Lane Cove River
We are excited to have won both NSW Tourism accolades and, indeed, are very proud of all our achievements. And to have recognition through the QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism further highlights that we are on the right track, Mr McIntosh said.
The size of Lane Cove River Tourist Park belies the enormous impact we can have on our immediate environment and also the wider tourism community.
We have created one of the countrys leading low cost ecotourism destinations. Its a carefully thought out business strategy, and one thats certainly paying dividends in many ways. For example, we are proof that you can be a successful operation and reduce your carbon footprint.
The 2008 NSW Tourism Awards were managed by Tourism NSW in partnership with the Tourism Industry Council NSW.
They are the industrys most prestigious awards, and have an aim to:
Encourage and celebrate creativity, professionalism and innovation.
Provide a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry.
Promote business planning amongst NSW tourism operators.
Publicly recognise and reward excellence through an annual celebration.
Reinforce the value of the tourism industry.
Provide an opportunity for successful entrants to progress to the Australian Tourism Awards.
White-tip possum Lane Cove River Tourist Park
The park is an Oz Parks chain member.
It is located just 10km from Sydneys CBD, in the Lane Cove River National Park.
Each year it attracts thousands of visitors from around Australia and the globe.
It is the only tourist park in Australia to be Advanced Ecotourism certified by Ecotourism Australia, and the only park to provide an onsite carbon offset program.
Key initiatives include:
Onsite solar power stations.
Onsite water harvesting.
Best practice recycling.
Zero wastage of materials.
The use of electric field vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.
Using recycled materials for building and maintenance.
Creation of a paperless office.
National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW logo
Lane Cove River Tourist Park is a unique business unit within the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (National Parks and Wildlife division).
The Park is situated in the Lane Cove National Park, just 10km from the Sydney CBD, and is the only such tourist park so close to a major city anywhere in the world.
Lane Cove River Tourist Park features 28 fully serviced eco-cabins and over 300 caravan, campervan and tent sets set in pristine native bushland. It accommodates over 110,000 visitors every year.
It has a GoSeeAustralia motorhome friendly logo for rigs to 15 metres.