Eco-luxe travel is a growing trend across the globe and, according to Booking.com, Australians rate among the most eco-conscious travellers in the world. Take a look at some of the best destinations in our own backyard.
More aware of our environmental impact than ever but not prepared to forgo on luxury, modern travellers are being lured by destinations that are offering a balance between high-end balance and eco-sensitivity.
One-such traveller is Lauren Watt, who travelled sustainably around Australia for three and half years and just returned from a trip to South America, where she stayed at the eco-luxe Ki Chic resort in Northern Peru.
“I love to travel, but I also recognize that travel can increase my eco footprint, so it just makes sense to me that I would look for and choose the options available that help me to reduce my impact on the environment while still satisfying my sense of adventure.”
With no better time to make the most of the great outdoors than with an indulgent green getaway this winter, here are Booking.com’s top-rated eco-destinations in our own backyard, which remain high on luxury but low on impact.
1. Saffire-Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania
Surrounded by untouched woodland overlooking East Tasmania’s Coles Bay, the Saffire was designed with the environment in mind. Taking its inspiration from the pink granite of the Hazards mountains, the white beaches, sapphire water and grey-green of the native bushland, the lodge is designed to connect with the surrounding environment to create a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
With the views ever changing from its spacious luxury suites, Saffire’s ethos is to protect and restore the natural ecosystem around it.
Enjoy fresh regional food at the restaurant, a cooking class with the lodge’s award-winning chef, or a wine tasting by the open fireplace for the perfect winter escape.
2. Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges, Charlton Gully, South Australia
Nestled into bushland on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, the Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are solar-powered, self-contained villas perfect for an exclusive and intimate experience. The ideal destination for a winter weekend away, each secluded villa features a fireplace and private terrace with panoramic views.
Populated by kangaroos, emus and over 100 different bird species, you’ll enjoy magnificent views, walking trails, local wine, fresh, gourmet food and have an endless list of outdoor activities at your fingertips.
3. Qdos Arts Tree Houses, Lorne, Victoria
Surrounded by the native bushland of the Great Otway National Park, Qdos offers unique Japanese-inspired, tree house accommodation just a 15-minute walk from the beautiful Lorne Beach. Perfect for couples looking to relax and recharge, the retreats offer peaceful bush views from their private balcony, and the sculptural garden is a haven for birds and wildlife.
The property boasts an art gallery with rotating works by local artists, and the restaurant features a constantly changing menu, with all seasonal produce grown organically on site.
4. Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Oak Beach, Queensland
Set on over 140 acres of native forest and boasting a private beach, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an eco-friendly wildlife retreat. A secluded sanctuary nestled on a coastal headland, the property offers magnificent views of the sparkling Coral Sea and is conveniently located within 10 minutes drive of Port Douglas or just 45 minutes from Cairns.
With the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest nearby, the boutique timber bungalows offer ocean, mountain or forest views, where you can relax on the private balcony and enjoy the native birds and wildlife, or take a dip in the natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls. Nature tours at the reserve include tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.
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