While Douglas Shire gets stuck into Plastic Free July, local business owner Steve Edmondson of Sailaway has been running his own campaign on environmental issues. Beginning this month, all guests with Sailaway have been given a locally sourced calico bag, which is reusable and washable.

The bags, adorned with a design created by Low Isles caretaker Jenni Fox are part of a bigger picture push by Mr Edmondson and Sailaway to increase awareness of the reef.

“It’s a small thing – our visitors are our most important environmental ambassadors,” said Mr Edmondson. Over 500 bags have already been given away in the few weeks since they were introduced as a complimentary part of travelling with Sailaway.

“We ask if they would like a bag and would be interested to reuse when home to strengthen our environmental message with our Sailaway guests participation.” Mr Edmondson explained that as an environmentally conscious operator, giving away reusable bags helped Sailaway’s environmental credentials, and helped tourists do their bit for the environment while taking home good memories.

The team at Sailaway also send former guests a present in the form of a Low Isles recipe book to anywhere in the world, if they send them a photo of the reusable bag in use in an interesting location – interstate and internationally.

Mr Edmondson said it was a great way to take home memories, and stay aware of the Reef, “rather than a stubbie holder and a hat.”

Discover Sailaway's Reef Destinations


The Coral Cays are pure white sand surrounded by a large fringing reef system and crystal clear water.

Sailaway is the only operator from Port Douglas who has access to visit Mackay Coral Cays. This exclusivity means we have the area to ourselves to explore without restrictions.

Low Isles

Low Isles is an idyllic Coral Cay island. The reef around Low Isles comprises 150 species of hard corals and is dominated by 15 species of soft corals.

Guests of Sailaway have the opportunity to snorkel in the lagoon of the island with our marine biologist, offering an interesting and informative tour.

Sunset Sailing

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing. A must do when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with an exhilarating cruise on board this first class sailing catamaran.

Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Far North Queensland.

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