A World leader in sustainable Tourism

Environmental and Social Sustainability

Environmental & Social Sustainability 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique ecotourism attraction seeking to provide our guests with the very best rainforest experience available anywhere in the world. We are committed to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and management, and embrace ongoing reviews to improve the philosophy in our business and operational practices.

We are proud of what we do to protect and showcase the oldest tropical rainforest on Earth. We welcome hundreds and thousands of visitors each year without impacting our environment.

Blue EarthCheck logo celebrating 25 years of commitment
ECO Certified Tourism

What are we doing to reduce our impact?


  • Using technology to reduce our use of paper based trip guides by creating the Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide.
  • Eliminating plastic straws from Canopy Cafe to support the Straw No More project and plastic reduction movement.
  • Hosting tree planting events in the local community; Tropical Tree Day is our version of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.
  • Electric vehicle charge stations at our Smithfield Terminal so that guests can charge their electric vehicles while they explore the rainforest.
  • Solar powered phone/device charge stations in our Canopy Cafe – made from recycled batteries and solar panels.
  • The Skyrail Rangers compost coffee grinds from our Canopy Cafe and use them to nourish the gardens at our Smithfield Terminal.

Other ways we are reducing our impact


  • Through the open plan design of our buildings, operates an energy management system controlling use of lighting and air conditioning, using low energy lighting and solar power to charge batteries on the gondolas.
  • By collecting rainwater for use in toilet cisterns, using water efficient cisterns and low flow tap fittings, minimising landscaping requiring irrigation, and controlling irrigation for optimum benefit.
  • By using biodegradable cleaning products, recycled paper products, recycling paper, cardboard, rubber, glass, plastics, aluminium, and other metals.
  • Smarter travel through the energy efficiency of the cableway and by introducing and educating visitors about the environment and sustainability.
  • By raising and distributing funds via the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation to support tropical rainforest research and education projects.

Demonstrating our commitment

Sustainability Initiatives

The Skyrail Sustainables: A team of staff, dedicated to promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives throughout our company.

Containers for Change: Funds raised are given to the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation for education and research. Scheme ID: C10074690

Containers for Change

Our Awards


2009 Qantas Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
2008 Qantas Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
1999 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1997 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1996 Best Tourist Development Project


2010 Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Hall of Fame
2009 Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
2008 Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
2000 Best Major Tourist Attraction Hall of Fame
1999 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1998 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1997 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1996 Best Tourist Development Project

Tropical North Queensland

2019 Innovation Excellence
2014 Ecotourism
2010 Sustainable Tourism
2009 Sustainable Tourism
2004 Best Major Tourist Attraction Hall of Fame
2003 Best Major Tourist Attraction
2002 Best Major Tourist Attraction
2001 Best Major Tourist Attraction
1998 Best Major Tourist Attraction


2000 British Airways “Tourism for Tomorrow” International Environment Award

1999 Wet Tropics Management Authority Cassowary Award. Awarded for demonstrating best practice in ecotourism during construction and ongoing operation, and for providing a high quality rainforest ecotourism experience for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year

1996 EIBTM European Greening of Business Tourism Award in the Category of “Most Environmentally Conscious Visitor Attraction”

1996 Australian Federation of Travel Agents Awards for Excellence in the category “Best Resort or Tourist Attraction” Far North Queensland