We believe that our environment is changing and deteriorating. We want to make an environmentally sustainable experience, and believe that through education, we can make a sustainable difference.
The Hike Collective has achieved Eco Accreditation with Ecotourism Australia, a non-profit organisation which promotes sustainable travel around Australia. Its primary focus is to work with nature – based tourism operators, to promote and encourage environmentally sound practices.
Dieback is caused by a plant pathogen which kills susceptible plants, such as banksias, jarrah and grass trees, by attacking their root systems. It can cause loss of biodiversity, plant and animal species extinctions, reduced variety of native plants, disruption of woodland vegetation structure, and increased dominance of resistant plants.
It can be prevented and we have the power!
The disease is spread through infected soil and mud, namely by footwear and vehicles, as well as through water and root to root contact between plants. Dieback stations can be found along the Bibbulmun track, and it is our responsibility to ensure we use them, and ensure we regularly clean our footwear, and stay within the trail spaces provided.
The Hike Collective is committed to educating and empowering our guests to understand the impact of dieback, and how we can prevent the spread.
Minimal impact policy
The Hike Collective believes that education is important for increasing awareness about where our environmental positioning is at the moment and the role ecotourism can play in achieving sustainability. We are committed to educating our guests on the threats and impacts to the environment in which we operate, and provide best practices to help mitigate the threats and impacts. Many of our guests are unaware of the changes occurring, and the value of sustainable practices. We help them learn how they can have a positive impact on nature, and we spark the conversation to help increase and improve sustainable tourism practices.
We have created our minimal impact policy which provides our guests with these best practices, which can be viewed here.