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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

Sustainable Tours in Sydney for a Positive Footprint

Updated: Sep 27, 2023


Couple on a sustaina ble tour in Sydney overlooking natural panorama

When travelers seek an authentic and sustainable experience in Sydney, they sometimes find themselves torn between the desire to explore hidden gems and the need to protect the environment. I would like to share my approach to sustainable tours in Sydney - how it aligns with the aspirations of those who seek to connect with our natural beauty, wildlife, and culture while leaving a positive footprint.


Sustainability isn't just a buzzword for me; it's my bread and butter. Your travels should make you feel good inside and out, and that starts with a sustainable approach to adventure.


OVER-TOURISM BLUES


Too many tourists converging in a single tourism spot is usually a recipe for disaster, not only for the pristine environment but also for the local culture. So, we chart a different course — a path less traveled. My tours are about forging meaningful bonds with locals, contributing to solutions, leaving no trace but returning home with fond memories.


CONNECTING WITH LOCAL CULTURE


You're not just here for a quick snap and a selfie. You're here to soak up Sydney's soul - the culture, the people, the stories.


Our goal isn't just to show you the sights; it's to plunge you headfirst into the local culture.


We take our guests away from the well-trodden tourist paths and show them lesser-known, but equally beautiful destinations. We make an effort to give back to local communities. By avoiding mass tourism, you can have much more meaningful interactions with locals.


Our journey takes us to local businesses like the Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed and Broken Bay Pearl Farm where sustainable farming is a way of life. These enterprises not only cultivate pearls and oysters but also foster habitat creation and water filtration, thus nurturing the environment.


We frequent local markets to savor the freshest fruits from roadside stalls — mangoes and plums bursting with flavor. We venture to wineries and distilleries where every grape and ingredient is sourced from the local land itself.


We encourage buying authentic Aboriginal art as it shows cultural respect, supports Indigenous communities economically, preserves their heritage, and offers higher quality and value compared to imitations.


Aboriginal art can be bought directly from Indigenous artist Garry Purchase, whom you can meet in person.


HOW WE IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABILITY


At Sydney Guided Tours, we put our commitment to sustainability into practice in various ways:


Environmental Care: We actively engage in environmental conservation by regularly picking up rubbish along the coast and in the bush every day. We also take responsibility for preserving the natural beauty of sandstone cliff faces along the coastline by regularly removing graffiti.


Reducing Plastic Waste: To reduce plastic waste, our guests drink from reusable stainless steel water bottles, eliminating the need for disposable plastic.


Supporting Local Businesses: Forget those run-of-the-mill tourist traps. We're all about unearthing hidden gems that support local businesses, ensuring your adventure benefits the communities you visit instead of relying on mainstream tourist attractions.


Cultural Authenticity: We avoid inauthentic travel experiences that feel out of touch with the locals. Our aim is to create meaningful interactions with the communities we visit.


Inclusivity: We're all in this together, and that means the local communities benefit from our tours, too.


When guests choose our tours, they are not only experiencing Sydney - they are making a difference in the lives of those who call this beautiful city home. Sydney Guided Tours is not just a tour company, but a commitment to sustainability and a deeper, more meaningful way of exploring this remarkable destination.



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