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Supporting Our Community: Our Ethical and Eco-Friendly Approach

At Barefoot Tours, we’re all about keeping it real, respecting the environment, and supporting our local community. When it comes to choosing suppliers, we give top priority to those who share our values of sustainability and ethical practices.

By sticking to this purchasing policy, Barefoot Tours is committed to making a difference. We want our guests to have an amazing experience while knowing that their choice to travel with us supports local businesses, respects cultural heritage, and protects our precious environment. Together, we can create a brighter future for our community and the planet we call home.

Note: This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure its effectiveness and relevance.

Let’s embark on a journey that embraces sustainability, celebrates local culture, and creates memories that will last a lifetime. Join us at Barefoot Tours and let’s make a positive impact together. Here’s what our purchasing policy is all about:

♥ Culture Matters:

When appropriate, we work closely with suppliers who respect and celebrate local cultures. We understand the importance of cultural heritage, and we’re dedicated to preserving and promoting it. By supporting culturally sensitive suppliers, we ensure that our tours are not only fun but also culturally enriching experiences.


♥ Ethical is Essential:

We have a special place in our hearts for suppliers who uphold ethical practices. We are committed to continuous improvement, investing in our team’s growth, and providing opportunities for staff education. Offering volunteer opportunities and work experience for youth, believing in creating a positive impact that extends beyond our tours. Together, we strive to make a difference and create meaningful experiences for all.


♥ Green is the New Black:

We’re passionate about protecting our beautiful environment. That’s why we seek out suppliers who prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. From minimizing waste to conserving resources and using eco-friendly materials, we choose partners who are as committed to Mother Nature as we are.


♥ Local Love:

We believe in the power of our local community. That’s why we prioritize sourcing products and services from businesses right here in the Cairns Region. By supporting local suppliers, we not only boost our local economy but also strengthen the unique fabric of our community.


Coffee Works

Mareeba, Cairns Region

Introducing Coffeeworks, our trusted supplier for exceptional coffee experiences. With over three decades of expertise, they offer a diverse range of big, bold, smooth, and mellow flavors. Coffeeworks guarantees a truly delightful coffee journey, elevating your Barefoot Tours experience with rich, aromatic pleasures. Indulge in Coffeeworks’ excellence as you embark on one of our unforgettable tours.

Nerada Tea Plantation

Atherton Tablelands, Cairns Region

Nerada Tea, the largest producer of Australian-grown tea globally. Their wide range of 85 tea products, including black, green, and white teas, and infusions, ensures a diverse and flavourful experience for tour participants. With their sustainable practices and Rainforest Alliance certification, Nerada Tea offers a high-quality and eco-conscious choice for Barefoot Tours.

Brynes Meats

Tablelands, Cairns Region

Brynes Meats, a third-generation local supplier, provides high-quality shaved meats for Barefoot Tours’ lunches. With a dedication to ethical practices, animal welfare, and expert meat processing, they deliver a delightful culinary experience. Enjoy the diverse selection, knowing you support a longstanding family legacy with every bite.

The Source, Bulk Foods

Cairns, Queensland, AU

Located in the heart of Cairns CBD, The Source Cairns is a local health food store run by Tracey, a passionate advocate for whole foods and sustainability. As a supplier for Barefoot Tours, they offer a wide range of package-free pantry staples, specialty superfoods, and eco-friendly cleaning and personal care products. Explore their organic, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo options, and join them in their mission to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Wholelife Health

Cairns, Queensland, AU

Barefoot Tours is proud to partner with WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods as our trusted supplier for special dietary requirements. With their wide range of natural and organic food products, sourced with a holistic approach to health and well-being, WholeLife ensures that our guests’ dietary needs are met. Thanks to the passion and dedication of brothers Frank and Vince Pappalardo, WholeLife has become a go-to destination for quality dietary options across Australia.

The Bushtucker Shop

Windsor, New South Wales, AU

The Bush Tucker Shop, a renowned supplier, provides Barefoot Tours with a delightful range of Native Bush Jams. With a focus on high-quality native food products, their expertise in sourcing premium ingredients shines through in each jar. Experience the unique flavors of Australian bush tucker with The Bush Tucker Shop’s Native Bush Jams.


Cairns, Queensland, AU

Introducing Nateve Australia’s Towelsuits, proudly sold by Barefoot Tours. Created by a local family, these innovative hooded towels are lightweight, quick-drying, and made from recycled plastic bottles. Experience convenience and eco-friendliness with Nateve’s colorful and fun-to-wear Towelsuits, supporting a vibrant family business.

Tropic Spirit Catering

Cairns, Queensland, AU

Tropic Spirit Catering, a locally owned business. Their strong commitment to sourcing local and sustainable ingredients has earned them prestigious accolades. With their excellent credentials and award-winning reputation, they enhance the tour experience for Barefoot Tours’ guests on our Private Charters & in-kind / matched funding donation tours.

Book: "Fresh Waters of the Tropics"

by local writer Aaron Berminham

Embrace the spirit of Far North Queensland with “Fresh Waters of the Tropics” by local writer Aaron Berminham. Available through Barefoot Tours, this guidebook captures the beauty of Cairns with stunning freshwater sites in the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics. Take home a cherished memento and relive your Cairns journey through this captivating souvenir.