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Think green on your Queensland holiday

Many Queensland tourism businesses are taking action to make their operations and visitor experiences more sustainable so that you - and generations to come - can enjoy our beautiful state. Watch the full set of 'Living Green in Queensland' videos to learn more.

So, just how can you holiday green in Queensland?
When booking your accommodation and activities, choose savvy operators who are accredited under recognised ecotourism programs such as Eco Tourism Australia, Green Globe, Eco Biz and NABERS. Ask about their environmental practices.

And when visiting Queensland’s environmentally precious regions, be sure you have a minimum impact – remember, leave only footprints and take only photographs.

To help get you started, here are our "Top 5 Tips for a Sustainable Holiday".

Tip 1: Consider how you travel

How big a carbon footprint are you leaving when you travel? Consider working with a carbon offset group to help offset that size. If you're going on a driving holiday, make sure the car has been serviced and running at its fuel-efficient best. Alternatively, if you're going to be hiring a vehicle, consider a hybrid.

Tip 2: Consider where you stay

Is your accommodation eco-certified? Ask if the property is accredited under a recognised ecotourism program. Here, we've made it easy with our "eco-certified holidays" page. Why not use that as your starting point?

Tip 3: Consider what you do

The same tip applies to what you do while you're on your trip. If you're planning on doing a tour or some other activity, ask the operator whether they are accredited under a recognised ecotourism program. And guess what? Our "eco-certified holidays" page is a handy starting point here too.

Tip 4: Consider what you use

Do your part to conserve water and soap at hotels by requesting not to have linens and towels changed every day, unless required. For an ecofriendly beach meal, pick up picnic ingredients at a farmers' market, and pack it in a basket with reusable plates and utensils — not plastic foam or plastic bags. And, of course, properly dispose of all waste.

Tip 5: Consider where you shop

Whether you're buying souvenirs or groceries, try to shop local! By supporting local businesses, you invest back in the community and support sustainable tourism. And, as an added bonus, you get to feel good about spending money on yourself!

Want to "Green Up" your holiday? Check out these handy ebrochures!
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