Two large, diverse countries connect with ecotourism.

Written by Binna Burra


April 30, 2019


Binna Burra Lodge is playing a leading role in connecting ecotourism experiences between Australia and Indonesia.

For the past five years, Binna Burra Lodge has contributed to the Australian Government supported ‘Australia Awards’ program which has bought groups of 25 Indonesian tourism professionals to Australia for further education in concepts and practices of ‘sustainable tourism’ said Steve Noakes, Chair of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge, located in the Lamington National Park, Queensland.

‘We’re looking forward to continuing, and expanding, the Australia – Indonesia relationship concerning sustainable tourism approaches in sensitive natural areas’.

Noakes is also a Board member of the pioneering wildlife/ecotourism business Ecolodges Indonesia, which owns/operates lodges adjacent to natural protected areas in Sumatra, Flores and Kalimantan (Borneo).

He sees opportunities for further collaboration with Universities in Australia and Indonesia, as well as Australian Government programs such as the Australia Awards, Australian Volunteers and developing business and education linkages resulting from the new Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) and the Australia-Indonesia Centre.

“We look forward to sharing the spirit of Binna Burra with more visitors from Indonesia visiting Australia for holidays, on study abroad and trade missions and also to learn about our local approaches to sustainable tourism in protected natural areas.’

Binna Burra Lodge has joined with Ecolodges Indonesia to launch the online ‘Indonesia Australia Sustainable Tourism Network’ which enables graduates of the Australia Awards sustainable tourism programs and others from Indonesia and Australia to stay connected and share ideas and knowledge about sustainable tourism in both countries.

Any interested person is well to follow the Network on the Facebook site.




Front page of the Facebook page for the Indonesia Australia Sustainable Tourism Network








Delegates from Indonesia showing the ‘Orangutan wave; at the October 2018 mini-conference held at Binna Burra Lodge on the topic: ‘Managing mainland Chinese tourists in Asia Pacific’s protected natural environments’


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