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Aquila, Victoria -http://www.ecolodges.com.au
100 acres of virgin bushland bordered by the Grampians National Park is the setting for these stunning architecturally designed sustainable lodges. Features include passive heating and cooling, solar power, composting toilets and natural materials. Fantastic walking country, where you can see kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna and over 200 varieties of birds.

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Queensland -http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au
Rainforest lodge and spa located just over 100km north of Cairns and 45km from Port Douglas, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The accommodation is in 15 villas occupying secluded positions amongst the world's oldest living rainforest, and their Julaymba restaurant that overlooks the peaceful freshwater lagoon is cited as one of Australia's top dining experiences. The centre is actively run on sustainable ecotourism principles for both environmental conservation and cultural heritage.

Faraway Bay, Western Australia - http://www.farawaybay.com.au
Describes itself as being far away from anywhere! This small bush camp is the perfect place to relax, reflect and unwind. Its hidden away amongst picturesque hills, with views over the ocean. The main activities are hiking, boating, fishing or just hanging out on the beach, and with any of these you are unlikely to be disturbed by many other people. Uses solar power, recycling, composting and the area around it has been earmarked for conservation - mainly due to the lodge's efforts.

Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge, Queensland -http://www.glasshouseecolodge.com
Located a short distance from the foot of Mt. Tibrogargan in two hectares of gardens and forest that runs into a rainforest creek. The nearby Glasshouse Mountains are sixteen dramatic steep sided volcanic plugs formed of rhyolite and trachyte lavas which have hardened inside the vents of volcanoes that have been eroded over time. The lodge has over 80 different exotic tropical fruit trees and a fresh vegetable garden to supply the Eco-Lodge kitchen. Accommodation is in eight bedrooms attached to the rear of a 110 year-old wood church, and the self-catering kitchen area is located in a restored railway carriage which has two platforms for outside dining. They promote sustainable travel options and will collect guests from the train and bus stop by prior arrangement.

Jemby Rinjah Eco Lodge, New South Wales - http://www.jembyrinjahlodge.com.au
An extremely comfortable, award winning, family run eco-lodge in the spectacular Blue Mountains just two hours from Sydney. The mountains can be explored through a variety of activities including mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding, or its a pleasant area to just relax and enjoy the scenery. The timber cabins are sustainably made and feature solar panels, recycling, water conservation and composting, all of which led to the lodge getting awards for eco-tourism.

Kanimbla View Clifftop Retreat, New South Wales - http://www.kanimbla.com
Unique clifftop retreat, that styles itself as the perfect way to get away from it all, but is only 90 minutes from Sydney in the Blue Mountains. The mountains are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and generally exploring, and the retreat also has a small spa, pool and tennis courts to keep the whole family entertained. The owners are into eco-friendly measures, including solar power, water conservation and their help in coordinating a variety of government schemes for the region.

Rainbow Retreat Eco-Cabins, Tasmania - http://www.rainbowretreat.com.au
Beautiful eco-friendly cabins overlooking the ocean and part of a rescued animals sanctuary. The owners can organise trips around the island, or it is easy enough to explore yourself for the beaches and wildlife. The cabins are solar powered, use re-harvested rainwater through water conserving taps and the lodge encourages local environmental efforts along with those of the rescue centre itself.

 

Shboo Shelly Beach Lodge, South Australia - http://www.shboo.com.au
Small, but but character-filled waterfront lodge that is surrounded by natural bush land. The owners can help out with organising events and excursions, such as fishing trips, dolphin watching and even sky-diving! The lodge is powered by a combination of solar and wind power, which, together with water and local conservation efforts, forms the lodge's environmental policy.

 

Fiji

Matava, Kadavu - http://www.matava.com
Self proclaimed as Fiji's premier eco-adventure resort, Matava is a secluded resort on the beach front and close to the Great Astrolabe Reef. The reef is the main source of activities, chiefly for scuba diving or snorkeling, though other activities such as kayaking, native homestays or bird watching can be arranged. The resort is also incredibly eco-conscious, using solar power, organic farming and sustainable waste management to aid the environment.

 

Micronesia

Kosrae Village, Kosrae -http://www.kosraevillage.com
Dive centre and eco-resort established by American marine biologists, Bruce Brandt and and Katrina Adams on this beautiful Pacific island. The resort was built using traditional methods and employs local Kosraen staff and guides. Winners of many sustainability awards, they work for the conservation of pristine Micronesian coral reefs, offering diving, snorkeling, hiking, climbing, and kayaking. You can explore the Pacific Island ecosystems found on this pristine, remote Kosrae Island, and their PADI trained instructors and dive guides will take you underwater to visit the dazzling marine life, such as butterfly fish, sharks, barracuda, manta rays, clown fish and the glorious colors of the corals.
 

New Zealand

Crescent Valley Eco Lodge, nr. Auckland - http://www.waihekeecolodge.co.nz
A very pleasant and secluded eco-lodge on the island of Waiheke, just 35 minutes by boat from Auckland. The island has some very good scuba diving and some nice beaches to relax on. The lodge's eco-policy includes organic farming, ethical purchasing, water re-harvesting and energy conservation, amongst other measures.

 

Chalet Eiger, Lake Taupo - http://www.chaleteiger.com
Situated in picturesque Acacia Bay on the shores of Lake Taupo, Chalet Eiger is a luxury lodge with beautiful views over the lake to Mount Tauhara and Taupo town. As well as the usual amenities you would expect from a luxury lodge, the chalet organises a range of activities from wine tasting to sailing or mountain biking. The chalet promotes eco-tourism and also does its bit through recycling, sustainable building measures and ethical purchasing.

Eco Inn, New Plymouth - http://www.ecoinn.co.nz
A unique solar, hydro and wind powered property on the edge of Egmont National Park offering self catering accommodation. Outstanding mountain and rural views. Small-holding and organic vegetable garden. A great place for a retreat, intimate holiday, or base for walks. This environmentally friendly property offers: lake, hot-tub, tree-house, flying fox, farm animals, BBQ and extensive gardens. Walking distance to mountain tracks.

Maanaki Eco-Farmstay, Purau - http://www.ecofarmstaypurau.co.nz
Beautiful location overlooking Purau Bay, a volcanic inlet just 40 minutes from Christchurch. Family run and built, the farmstay offers guests the chance to consort with nature through activities such as hiking, sailing and horse riding or simply just by relaxing and enjoying the rural atmosphere. The farm was built from scratch using sustainable materials and building practices, along with rainwater harvesting, solar heating and other features that make it eco-friendly.

Neudorf's Gingerbread House, Nelson - http://www.gingerbreadhousenz.com
Beautiful eco-chalet, situated next to the Abel Tasman National Park. The idyllic location combined with the owners friendly welcome makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind or to take advantage of the local area and the hiking, fishing and beaches that are only minutes away. The house was built using sustainable materials and the Swiss/kiwi owners work hard to protect the local environment and reduce the house's impact.

Ngaio Bay Eco-Stay, Malborough - http://www.ngaiobay.co.nz
A remote lodge in the stunning Malborough Sounds, Gives guests the opportunity to experience nature from a secluded location, but with all the facilities they might need. The owners are more than happy to arrange a wide range of excursions, including fishing, scuba diving and mountain biking, or guests can just relax on the private beach. The lodge's newer buildings used sustainable building methods and materials, while the lodge as a whole attempts to reduce its impact through water conservation, energy conservation, recycling and many other measures.

Waipoua Lodge, -http://www.waipoualodge.co.nz
A luxury five star lodge nestled on a ridge overlooking the Waipoua Forest, gateway to the crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes. They are a member of the Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter, aiming to protect the natural environment, along with recycling, groing their own organic vegetables and using eco-friendly cleaning materials. We do have a problem with this lodge however -advertising your own helipad hardly seems to be inl ine with a genuine concern for the environment.

Papua New Guinea

Treehouse Village Resort, Kavieng - http://www.treehouse.com.pg
Beautiful collection of native styled treehouses on a lagoon in the South Pacific. The resort offers a huge range of activities including scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, canoeing, jungle walks, rainforest treks, cycling, bird watching, culture tours and exclusive expeditions. The houses are powered through a combination of solar power and wind turbines, which combines with water re-harvesting, solar heating, recycling, composting and sustainable tourism education for locals to help the environment.

 

Samoa

Virgin Cove Resort, Upolo - http://www.virgincoveresort.ws
Virgin Cove Resort is hidden away at the most beautiful natural beach area behind the deep forest of Saanapu village on the south coast of Upolu island. It could be termed a hostel, a lodge or a resort with differing prices to suit every budget. The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in local culture, through cookery classes, craftwork and homestays. The diving and snorkeling is also excellent. The accommodation is all sustainably built, solar powered and the water reharvested.

 

Vanuata

Epi Guesthouse, Port Vila - http://www.epi-island-guesthouse.com
Charming Guesthouse hand built from local timbers and materials. The house features a private white sand beach, small bay and excellent snorkeling with many local tours available, provided by locally supported businesses. The house has its own small hydroelectric plant and an organic farming system.


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