Choosing a high standard tourism operation

If you're looking to choose a tourism operator for your trip to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, consider selecting a high standard operator who is ecologically sustainable. You can view the complete list of certified high standard operators.

They help to protect and present the Marine Park to a consistently high standard, and are recognised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for their good standards. These operators are independently certified by a recognised environmental certification scheme. The agency recognises two providers of such certification schemes: EarthCheck, and Ecotourism Australia.

Assessment criteria

Ecotourism Australia and EarthCheck each provide two levels of certification that are acceptable under the agency's assessment criteria for high standard tourism operations:

  1. High standard tourism operators can be certified by EarthCheck at either the EarthCheck Certified or EarthCheck Evaluate levels. Look for these logos:

  2. EarthCheck silver logoEarthCheck-Eco-rating-4-stars

  3. High standard tourism operations can be certified by Ecotourism Australia, at either the Ecotourism or Advanced Ecotourism levels.

  4. EcoCertified Advanced Tourism logoEcoCertified Tourism logo

    If you are a Marine Park tourism operator and are interested in being recognised by the agency for high standards of operation, more information is available on our website.

    The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's own Reef HQ Aquarium, the National Education Centre for The Great Barrier Reef, is ECO Certified at the Ecotourism level.

    High standard tourism operators

    The list of high standard tourism operations is based on the main area of operation - Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsundays, Capricorn Coast and Reef wide.