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Steve Noakes

Chair, Board of Directors, Binna Burra Lodge

Steve Noakes


In 2008, Steve Noakes was awarded the inaugural ECOTOURISM MEDAL at the Ecotourism Australia annual Conference held in Adelaide, recognising his (then) extensive 30 years active engagement in the Australian and international industry … “particularly his interest and experience in ecotourism and the broader sustainable tourism agenda.’

Fast-track another 11 years and this 40+ year veteran of the Pacific Asia tourism industry continues as Director of the international sustainable tourism project management company, Pacific Asia Tourism, part owner/Director of Ecolodges Indonesia and Chairman of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge, one of Australia’s pioneering ecotourism businesses, located within the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park, Queensland.

In September this year, he has faced the devastation and heartache of the major bushfire that destroyed ten of his neighbours houses adjacent to the Lamington National Park and razed most of the heritage buildings iconic Binna Burra Lodge. Out of the wreckage comes opportunity to reinvent the spirit of Binna Burra