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Karijini Eco Retreat is a unique, environmentally friendly and ecologically sound accommodation development located in the depths of the breathtaking Karijini National Park, just 35km from the Karijini Visitors Centre in the nature-based destination of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Guests are treated to a range of accommodation styles and on-site facilities. Karijini Eco Retreat offers an authentic outback experience at an affordable price while operating in perfect harmony with the environment. Our goal is to act as a leader in sustainable tourism principles by meeting the highest possible standards of environmental responsibility.
Opened in April 2007, Karijini Eco Retreat has helped to shape and enhance the future of tourism in WA's Pilbara region. Thanks to the co-operation of the Department of Biodiversity Conservations & Attractions (DBCA) and other public agencies, this development is the first of its kind in the Karijini National Park.
Karijini Eco Retreat is 100% Aboriginal-owned by Gumula Enterprises Pty Ltd (GEPL), the business arm of the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, which is one of Australia’s largest Traditionally Owned organisations. We proudly represent the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Visit https://gepl.com.au/ and http://www.gumala.com.au/ for further information.
Karijini Eco Retreat has gained the Advanced Ecotourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia. This certification is granted to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.
We are committed to sustainable practices. Along with our other green and sustainable accreditations, Karijini Eco Retreat assures visitors will choose authentic nature-based accommodation and top quality eco-friendly experiences when staying with us.
For more information about the Eco Membership & Accreditations of the Karijini Eco Retreat, please see the PDF at the bottom of this page.
WHAT IS ECO CERTIFICATION?
The ECO Certification program certifies tourism products (tours, accommodations, attractions) with a primary focus on nature.
It assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The ECO Certification program is a world first and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators.
ECO Certification is product-specific— this means that you will need to answer the criteria as it applies specifically to each of your products. This also means that you are able to apply for ECO Certification even if not all of your products are nature-based.
The ECO Certification Program is divided into three levels:
In 2017, Karijini Eco Retreat was recognised as one of twenty tourism operators to achieve a milestone of 10 years of continuous ecotourism certification.
Twenty Tourism Operators Achieve 10 Year Milestone
In a time when estimates are that one in three new small businesses in Australia fails in their first year of operation, two out of four by the end of the second year, and three out of four by the fifth-year certified ecotourism businesses seem to buck the trend. A third of ecotourism Australia members have reached the milestone of at least ten years of continuous certification!
Ecotourism Australia’s (EA) Green Travel Leader program has been recognising members for reaching the milestone of ten years’ certification since 2006, this year an additional 20 certified operators have joined this exclusive club. A total of 127 Green Travel Leaders are now demonstrating how certification indicates quality, and business longevity and sustainability.
EA wishes to congratulate and celebrate the 20 members becoming Green Travel Leaders in 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. These operators join our team of leaders, coming of age through their certification and demonstrating a sustainable and long-term past, present and future. Being recognised as a Green Travel Leader brings enormous credibility to these operators.