Right from the outset, a way of travel that both protected the Australian environment and respected its local cultures was central to the ethos of ATA.
In 1998, citing the area’s significance to Indigenous culture, we were the first tour company to advise our travellers against climbing Uluru. The close working partnerships we’ve established with several Indigenous communities over the years are an achievement of which we’re particularly proud. Not only do these cultural interchanges inspire in our travellers an appreciation for one of the world’s longest surviving cultures; they continue to inform our own understandings of country. In 2015 we were honoured when the Olkola people of Cape York Peninsula invited us to start exploring their recently reacquired homelands with them.
For us, environmentally aware tourism is the only way to go. To keep our carbon footprint light and on-road waste minimal we use the eight principles of Eco Certification. Each of our guides is trained across all aspects of eco friendliness, from the selecting of campsites and management of waste to the upkeep of equipment and minimizing of carbon emissions.