Eco Tourism/Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre
Eco-tourism is Ecologically Sustainable Tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. By embracing sustainability in our business we help shape a better tomorrow as well as contributing to a better environment. We work hard to make our own footprint smaller and lighter and we continually reviewed our activities to identify key areas that can be improved and changed. This is an ongoing journey of improvement for us. Our clients are active participants in a unique interpretation experience, all provided by our committed, qualified and knowledgeable ECO guides. All our services stress the importance of preserving wild places, as well as fostering a greater appreciation & respect of natural environments.
Sunrover offers clients the opportunity to see as much of the flora, fauna and natural landforms of Queensland's protected regions as a small group tour, while more importantly experiencing the environment so as it leaves a lasting impression on the mind, heart and soul of each individual. Sunrover wants our clients to take away a spirit of environmental preservation, conservation and a greater appreciation of the natural areas. Something our small group eco tours can provide. We firmly believe that people who see and love our National Parks and heritage will provide future support for sustainability and preservation of such environments. Experiencing these first hand will leave all with an affinity for the environment and it's sustainability linked firmly to the native indigenous culture – the original protectors of our land.
Sunrover tours base camp is located on Fraser Island Surf Beach, Queensland Australia. With help from National Parks and the University of the Sunshine Coast Sunrover has been based here for over 20 years. The local campsite and cabins are part of the Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre. This centre caters for local tour guides, schools, universities, Tafes and Research groups. The site is also a popular destination for Sunrovers tours family groups, day visitors and small eco tour groups. Sunrover base camp and cabins at the Fraser Island research and Learning Centre are approximately 24km north of Hook Point on the eastern side of Fraser island National Park and World Heritage Listed.
World Heritage listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is more than 125km long and 25km across at its widest point. The Indigenous Butchulla people are thought to have inhabited the island for 6,000–8,000 years before the arrival of European settlers. They named it ‘K’gari’, meaning ‘paradise’. Captain James Cook sighted the island in 1770 and, in the nineteenth century, Europeans named it Fraser Island in honour of Eliza Fraser who was shipwrecked there in 1836. In more recent times, Fraser Island was known as a location for sand mining and timber logging that began in 1863 and ended in 1991. Sand mining began in 1949, but stopped in 1976 after environmentalists took the case to Australia's High Court. Conservation groups and local operates were instrumental in the creation of the Fraser Island National Park, and its subsequent inclusion as a World Heritage site.
Sunrover tours provides accommodation for students and staff, and access to field study sites for primary, secondary and tertiary student groups. Researchers and groups with genuine environmental interests in the region are encouraged to use the site.
Sunrover's base camp and National park cabins are also a starting point for the Fraser Island Great Walk and now has direct beach access across the newly-installed Dilli Footbridge.
Contact Sunrover Tours for more information on the Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre. The Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre at Dilli Village has comfortable bunkhouses, self-contained cabins and an open grassed area for camping. The entire site is surrounded by a dingo-proof fence with three covered picnic areas with BBQs for use by guests. There is also a fresh water swimming hole just outside the grounds, complimented by a foot bridge for easy access to the beach.
Sunrover's National Park Cabins Fraser Island Start to the Great Walk
The cabins are perfect for families, groups or individuals looking for a comfortable place to stay while exploring the island. There are six cabins, each of which has a double bed and single bunkbed in one bedroom, with a double bunkbed in the other bedroom, in total sleeping up to five people. Half cabins are also available but these are not available to book during peak times. Cabins are self-contained and include a toilet and shower, as well as a small kitchenette with sink, fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave, and crockery and cutlery provided. Environmentally friendly soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided in the cabins and the amenities block.