Great Ocean Ecolodge
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Cost: From $395 p/n for 2 adults
This award-winning spectacular lodge is surrounded by unique wildlife and situated near one of the world’s most famous coastlines. The lodge is a social enterprise owned by The Conservation Ecology Centre, which is committed to conservation and sustainability on the Victorian coastline.
The lodge itself is designed with sustainability and education in mind; with on site water supply from filtered rainwater, solar powered and solar heated water, biodegradable products, garden to plate menu, sustainable landscaping and conscious waste management.
‘We are committed to sustainable living, consequently, from its very conception we were determined to build and operate a Conservation Ecology Centre and an integrated Ecolodge that are true in every way to our philosophy. The Conservation Ecology Centres research room is located on site…’
With the Ecology Centres research room on-site, the eco lodge experience offers more than just a place to stay. Visitors are providing vital funding to conservation research, experiencing some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world and experiencing a sustainable way of living.
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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa
Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
Cost: From $435 p/n for 2 adults
This stunning location has recently been awarded Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Business Certification for products, accommodation and guided tours. The Daintree Rainforest is a World-Heritage-listed site, with extensive wildlife and an abundance of green.
The boutique accommodation offered at the Daintree Eco Lodge is luxury, with daily room service, quality and local organic food and no TV / WIFI. The site produces its own renewable energy, offsets emissions, recycles water, recycles compost, and much more (see here). There are also opportunities whilst staying to go on a local cultural history walk to learn about the area and local flora and fauna.
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Paper Bark Camp
Jervis Bay New South Wales
Cost: From $615 p/n for 2-3 adults for a Deluxe Safari Tent
This experience is slightly pricey but well worth it (trust me), this is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. This eco ‘glamping’ experience is situated in Jervis Bay, surrounded by three national parks; The Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay National Park and Jervis Bay Marine Park. The surrounding area provides a wilderness lover’s playground with kayaking, pristine beaches and stunning hikes.
‘Ecotourism is more far reaching and holistic in it’s approach. The bar has been set a lot higher and it is no longer good enough to just have solar panels and dual flush toilets!’
The camp aims to provide a unique and authentic Australian bush experience, authentically focusing on ‘ecotourism’. The camp makes substantial efforts to decrease waste and increase guest experience is focused on environmental knowledge. There is no air conditioning, rainwater usage, solar powered electricity, no fencing for wildlife, revegetation areas and much more. It has received Advanced Eco Accreditation from Ecotourism Australia and is part of the Eco Lodges of Australia group.