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.
Eco Lodge and Spa,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Kosrae Village,
- 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.
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
Inn, New Plymouth
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.
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
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.
Bay Eco-Stay, Malborough
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,
- 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.
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.
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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