In the establishment of Cobbold Gorge Tours the main criterion was, and is to this day, that the operation is conducted with minimum impact on the environment. The 4720 hectare Cobbold Gorge Nature Refuge was established in 2009.

A Nature Refuge is a voluntary agreement between a landholder and the Queensland Government that acknowledges a commitment to manage and preserve land with significant conservation and or cultural values, while allowing compatible and sustainable land uses to continue. Nature Refuges are perpetual, registrable on title and bind successive owners or lessees of the land. Nature refuges not only reflect the significant values on the land but also the effective management to maintain them over time.

The Cobbold Gorge Nature Refuge was established to protect a number of vulnerable and rare plant species and also forms important wildlife corridors and catchment linkages.

"Creating more nature refuges on private land could be the best way to protect animals from the effects of climate change, the Queensland Government says." extract abc.net.au By Eric Tlozek 2 Jun 2015.

Cobbold Gorge Tours has secured funding through Northern Gulf Resource Management Group for the Cobbold Gorge Nature Refuge Project which will target pests and weeds in the Refuge. The project commence mid 2014 and has continued throughout 2015 (image below: Removal of calitrope (camel bush) on the banks of the Robertson River 30th June 2015).

How can our guests off set their holiday emmissions? Be water wise; only use what is necessary. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle wherever possible. Travel with friends, or even better phone us about available transfers. Buy local and keep local businesses alive. Being an ECO Tourist is easy, if we think before we act.

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