Sustainability Hub

Our Promise of Greater Good is about continually improving as an industry and region, as well as introducing how our community has been making efforts in sustainable business (tourism) practices to limit our footprint and proactively give back through research, conservation, and regeneration projects.

Latest News

The latest sustainable industry news

10 Jul 2024
Green Island Resort wins Queensland Hotel Association Award for Excellence

From employing solar energy on a rainforest covered island to innovative waste management practices turning food waste into organic fertiliser, Green Island Resort has taken out top honours for “Best Environment and Energy Efficiency Practise” in the 2024 Queensland Hotel Association Awards for Excellence.

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10 Jul 2024
Sustainability Leaders News – July 2024

Australia faces a pressing waste management issue, impacting every sector including the tourism and hospitality sectors. Annually, our nation produces 2.5 million tonnes of plastic with up to 5% of this leaking into marine environments. Currently up to 13% of this plastic is recovered, leaving 84% destined for landfill. Meanwhile it is estimated that food waste amounts to up to 7.6 million tonnes yearly, contributing significantly to our greenhouse gas emissions.

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6 Jun 2024
The Tourism Emissions Reduction Program

Does your business hold Sustainable Tourism Accreditation Business (STAB) through the Quality Tourism Framework? The Tourism Emissions Reduction program is now available and currently free of charge for STAB operators!

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6 Jun 2024
Tropic Wings Wins Environmental Innovation Award

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters have constantly been striving towards greener and more eco-friendly tours, a focus they have had at the core of their business ethos since they launched in 1981! With a mission to foster passion for nature and deliver transformational experiences, multi-award-winning, Tropic Wings has recently been awarded the Environmental Innovation Award at the 2024 Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) Industry Awards.

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6 Jun 2024
Sustainability Leaders News – June 2024

In the current landscape, there’s an abundance of resources aimed at supporting businesses in enhancing their sustainability practices, whether it’s through upskilling, certification, or gaining valuable data-based insights. TTNQ’s Sustainability Hub serves as a centralised and regularly updated online resource for our members, offering a wealth of tools, resources, grants, and opportunities tailored to our destination.

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26 Apr 2024
Small World Journeys’ waste initiatives

It’s no secret that no one really likes cleaning out our office compost bin. It’s full of limp vegetables, bruised bits of fruit, and the remnants of last Tuesday’s lunch. Guides are also not thrilled about picking the forbidden piece of salami out of a pile of food destined for our big compost bin (where meat doesn’t belong). Despite this, each week the team at Small World Journeys carefully sorts not only our food scraps but our recyclables, landfill waste and soft plastics.

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26 Apr 2024
Sustainability Leaders News – April 2024

This month our EDM is all about data! It’s a topic that some of us love and some of us are a little nervous about, but in the sustainability space it’s a wonderful way to look at the position of a business in order to set meaningful goals, to benchmark and to utilise information to tell the good stories of achievement as they are met.

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20 Feb 2024
Sustainability data systems with Twinsition

Twinsition is a Cairns-based Sustainability advisory firm providing sustainability data systems and carbon accounting consulting services. We help organisations optimise systems, empower people, and streamline processes for the collection, management, visualisation, and reporting of energy, carbon, water, and waste data.

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20 Feb 2024
Sustainability at Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport is half way through a five-year Environment Strategy focusing on climate change, waste reduction, water efficiency, biodiversity protection, pollution prevention, and working with the local community. These initiatives led to Cairns Airport being crowned Airport of the Year twice in 2023, winning the Major Airport of the Year category at the Australian Airports Association (AAA) National Airport Industry Awards and being named Airport of the Year at the Australian Aviation Awards. Cairns Airport also took out the Airport Excellence Award for Sustainability for their Australia-first Sustainability Linked Loan agreement, which features a unique target committing to regenerating threatened species.

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20 Feb 2024
CEO Message | Sustainability Leader Cluster Group Notice

TTNQ’s vision is for Tropical North Queensland to be the leader in ecotourism in Australia. Our mission is for every visitor to leave our destination as a custodian of the region’s stories. We recognise you as one of the operators with the greatest commitment to sustainable tourism who takes the time to share the stories of how we are looking after TNQ’s unique natural and cultural places and I would like to welcome you to TTNQ’s new Sustainability Leaders Group. Each of you has made a significant commitment to sustainable tourism through the accreditation or certification of your business and you have been working for many years in engaging our visitors with the region’s story.

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TTNQ Pathways to Sustainable Tourism booklet

Learn how to adopt sustainable business practices and plan your journey towards the greater good.

Reforest Dashboard

Partners and Organisations

The following Australian organisations are actively working towards achieving sustainable goals and providing significant resources and support to businesses for sustainability.


Waste and Procurement

Food Waste Matters – Find out how to turn waste into profit

Reduce Food Waste at Your Business – For businesses in the food service industry, consider these steps to help you reduce food waste

Stop Food Wate Australia – Help businesses fight food waste and build a more sustainable, resilient and profitable food system

Boomerang Alliance  – Plastic Free project that works with communities to help reduce single-use plastic packaging

Rethink Business Waste – Business Waste Incentives aimed at halving waste to landfill


Community and Culture

Queensland Tourism Industry Council – Best Practice Guide for Working with First Nations Tourism



Queensland’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy – 10-year strategy and plan to accelerate Queensland towards a cleaner, greener transport future while making sure the energy networks support the transition to zero-emission vehicles

Queensland’s Electric Super Highway – Connects electric vehicle drivers across our state and includes fast charging locations at a range of coastal and inland locations


Natural Environment and Climate

Climate Council of Australia – Australia’s own independent, evidence-based organisation on climate science, impacts and solutions. View the latest reports, podcasts, infographics and myth-busting guides about the climate

Take 3 for the Sea – An award-winning Australian charity on a mission to rid the oceans of plastic pollution

Tangaroa Blue Foundation – An Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris: one of the major environmental issues worldwide

Parley for the Oceans – Based in Cairns, the team operates along the Great Barrier Reef and beyond to conduct cleanups, conservation and education

Rainforest Rescue – Their projects include re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance, and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforests and preserving their biodiversity

Envirocare – Is involved with many different projects with multiple organisations, all of whom are working towards the protection & regeneration of rainforests

Terrain National Resource Management – An environmental management organisation working in Australia’s Wet Tropics region of Tropical North Queensland

Reforest – Helping businesses and events take authentic climate action by planting trees in local reforestation projects through our web platform


Carbon Credits

Aboriginal Carbon Foundation – Aims to achieve economic independence and social and emotional health and wellbeing for First Nations people through carbon farming and cultural fire credits

Green Collar – Reef Credits is a voluntary environmental market that addresses the issue of poor water quality at the Great Barrier Reef by paying land managers for improved water quality resulting from their on-farm actions without compromising the productivity of their land.


Immerse yourself in the rich First Nations cultures of Tropical North Queensland at @ShineOnGimuy from 3-13 October 2024! With mesmerising light sculptures, cultural dance, educational conversations, workshops, live music, and more – this is one event you don’t want to miss ✨👣
Make your trip a little more special by heading to the Great Barrier Reef aboard @DreamtimeCairns, cruise the Trinity Inlet around Gimuy (Cairns) with @Mandingalbay or explore further with one of our welcoming First Nations tour guides 🌴
#ExploreTNQ #ExploreCairnsGBR #ShineOnGimuy #QldMusicTrails #TropicsTrail
Would you ever eat a dinner prepared by a chef no taller than your fork? 🍴

Le Petit Chef and Friends is now delighting guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns! Watch the worlds tiniest chefs cook up a storm that is as entertaining as it is delicious 🍽️✨
📅 Le Petit Chef and Friends is in Cairns for a limited time: Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-8:00pm until the end of October. Don’t miss out – book your experience now! 

#exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR
Holy croc-amole 🐊

If there’s one place where spotting crocs is a crowd favourite, it’s Tropical North Queensland! There’s a lot to learn about these prehistoric creatures & around here you don’t just have to read it in a book! 🌿

Catch a croc presentation at one of our awesome wildlife parks, or try a wildlife spotting cruise to safely visit our scaly friends 🌴✨

You might even be lucky enough to spot one in the wild on your own travels, but remember to always be Croc-wise ⚠️

📍 Rinuirru (Lakefield National Park) is home to nine different Aboriginal clans - the Lama Lama and Kuku Thaypan peoples, the Bagaarrmugu, Mbarimakarranma, Muunydyiwarra, Magarrmagarrwarra, Balnggarrwarra and Gunduurwarra clans and some related families. 

🎥 @overlandtravellers #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #capeyork
Looking for some art that rocks? Look no further! 😉

Tropical North Queensland is home to a huge array of breathtaking Indigenous rock art sites, so we thought we’d bring you along to explore some in #Chillagoe ✨ 

There are two publicly accessible Aboriginal art sites here, the Wullumba and the Mundane site (pictured in post). We know Chillagoe is a great destination for all you history buffs, so why not make it a little more special with a trip to see this historic art 👣

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #Indigenousrockart #rockart #naidocweek
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’re heading south to @cassowarycoastaustralia for an adventure near Mission Beach 🌴🦋 

See you there? 👋

#exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
Road trips are a loved pastime around the tropics, and it’s no surprise why when we have famed spots like Attie Creek Falls along the way! Add this to your next road trip bucket list 🌴🩵

Remember! Attie Creek Falls is a seasonal waterfall, so time your trip for when there’s been a little rain about ☔️

🎥 @hears_the_melody #cassowarycoast #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR 

[ID: two women climb over boulders around a swimming hole. There is a thin waterfall flowing over brown rocky cliff into the pool below. There are bushy green trees around the edges of the frame]
Send this to someone who you’d take on a  @sailawayportdouglas sunset sail ⛵️🌅

🎥 @isabellawanders #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree

[ID: couple on sunset sail at Port Douglas, pouring champagne, eating from cheese platter and enjoying views over the blue coral sea]
In case you were wondering what your camera roll would look like after a trip to @mtmulliganlodge 🌴🏜️

This is the place where rugged meets luxury just 150kms north-west of Cairns 🌾 The 18km escarpment dominates the landscape with the lodge perfectly positioned to enjoy views over their weir towards the sandstone range. The lodge's fine attention to detail, breathtaking location & exceptional service has also helped to earn it a badge as a @luxurylodgesofaustralia 🥂📍

🎥 @jim_jam_911 #visitmareeba #athertontablelands #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #exploretnq #explorecairnsGBR 

[ID: Short video clips of room at Mount Mulligan Lodge, kayaks next to lake, camouflage print truck, lodge bar, cows in a river, food, balcony bath tub and camp fire]