The very essence of Bloomfield Lodge is a commitment to conserving its landscape, flora and fauna to ensure that guests can enjoy a wilderness experience immersed in nature which does not impair nature’s delicate biodiversity and ecology. Bloomfield Lodge’s Environmental Sustainability Policy is implemented via its Environmental Management Plan. For more information please click here.
Advanced Ecotourism Accredited
Bloomfield Lodge is proud to have been accredited as an Advanced Ecotourism operator by Ecotourism Australia. The ECO Certification program is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers within Australia to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, which provide guests with an opportunity to learn more about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice by using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities. The certification allows industry, local communities and travellers to Australia to distinguish those operators who have made a commitment to providing tourism products that are environmentally and socially sustainable.
Climate Change Action
Climate Change poses one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of the World Heritage Area Rainforests and Reefs. Even small changes in average global temperatures will have a major impact on natural environments. Global warming could decrease the habitat of many endemic species which live in the rainforests and poses a threat to coral reefs, as warming seas can trigger coral bleaching.
At Bloomfield Lodge we have implemented strategies to tackle climate change by reducing our carbon emissions.
Our Environmental Sustainability Policy includes:
- Buildings are all constructed with locally sourced materials and in sympathy with the landscape they are built off the ground, with driven piles and shallow foundations only
- Only natural ventilation is used, with buildings sited to catch the sea breeze, no air conditioning
- No large trees have been removed.
- We minimise waste and recycle and we use recycled products and materials
- We minimise water use with dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads and tap aerators and use rainwater where possible
- We manage our energy use effectively by using energy efficient light bulbs, path lights with photo sensor and the main lodge lights turned off at night
- We utilise solar energy to heat the Lodge swimming pool and run our telephone system
- We use only biodegradable cleaning products
- Our vehicles and vessels are serviced regularly to maintain optimal fuel efficiency
- Our vessels utilise low emission 4 stroke outboards
- We minimise and track our emissions carbon footprint using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority emissions calculator
Encouraging our Guests to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We encourage our guests to ensure their environmental practices in everyday life are maintained away from home and to use local energy and water efficiently. Check soaps or detergents are biodegradable. Never litter and recycle where possible.
Visitors to Australia can choose to offset their travel emissions through organisations such as Climate Friendly, which provide emissions calculators for a range of activities.
While travelling, we encourage our guests to support tourism operators who have achieved the Ecotourism certification logo. Ecotourism Australia Certification allows travellers to Australia to identify and support operators who meet the benchmark and so ensure that tourism products have minimal impact on the environment.
If you would like to know more, please visit these sites:
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Carbon offset watch