Sustainability & Ecotourism

Exceptional Kangaroo Island has been consistently recognised as one of Australia's leading eco-certified tour operators for over 20 years.

As wildlife encounters are central to our experiences, the long-term survival and health of the wildlife we seek to observe are critical. We pursue the idea of “shared space” – so we adapt our behaviour and that of our guests, so the wildlife tolerates us visiting them in their home.

We do not feed or handle any wild animals and focus entirely on seeing them in their natural environment. An ethos of “observation not interaction” is shared with the protected area managers who look after our National and Conservation Parks.

A Code Of Practice outlines our commitment to sustainability for wildlife interactions, and this guides staff and guests alike. To ensure we follow best-practice, we have sought independent verification through Ecotourism Australia, a not-for-profit industry association which promotes authentic, responsible and sustainable tourism in Australia. Their certification program assists tourism businesses to reach best-practice standards and deliver quality experiences to travellers with minimal impact on the environment. 

Exceptional Kangaroo Island was one of the pilot businesses in the development of the accreditation scheme and has achieved and maintained Eco Certification in Advanced Ecotourism now for over 20 years. This accreditation is not an end in itself – it is not a destination but a journey. The process of ‘continuous improvement’ is what we use to enhance our sustainability.

Ecotourism Australia Certification Program

Ecotourism Australia Certification Program

Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

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Climate Action Business

As a subset of the accreditation process, Ecotourism Australia assesses the climate action being undertaken by a business, in addition to the ecotourism elements. This assessment can apply to any business – not just those that work in the nature-based or ecotourism space and provides an additional measure of sustainability. 

In terms of where we are at in our journey, we have established benchmarks for the consumption of water, fuel, gas and electricity use and the generation of greenhouse gases using externally validated measures. We have a staged approach to measure, assess, implement and review all of our operations through an integrated environmental management plan.

Our key environmental aims – as expressed in this management plan are to:

  • Facilitate the sustainable enjoyment of Kangaroo Island by balancing the needs of our environment, community, culture and our guests.
  • Comply with all environmental legislation and requirements as a minimum.
  • Identify and minimise all likely environmental risks associated with the operation of Exceptional Kangaroo Island and identify risks which exist and would impact despite the best efforts of our enterprise and work to reduce these risks. 
  • Ensure there are no long term negative environmental or cultural impacts from the operation of Exceptional Kangaroo Island. 
  • Reduce contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.
  • Educate visitors travelling to Kangaroo Island on how to reduce their impact by developing their appreciation and understanding.
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Global Sustainable Tourism Council

This certification is carried out by Ecotourism Australia and has a global rather than local focus. To ensure consistency across the world, Ecotourism Australia has aligned the principles and standards they implement with those of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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More About Us

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About Us

Learn more about Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Since 1986, this family-owned and operated tour operator has been showcasing the best of Kangaroo Island.​​
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Meet Our Team

Craig and Janet Wickham, along with their enthusiastic team, have been sharing Kangaroo Island with guests for more than 30 years.​
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Media Coverage

From The New York Times to Travel + Leisure, Forbes to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, the Exceptional Kangaroo Island brand has featured in some incredible publications.
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Tour Catering

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