Do David Attenborough Proud and Book Yourself an Eco-Friendly Escape

Do David Attenborough Proud and Book Yourself an Eco-Friendly Escape
Image supplied Arohanui Cabins, Mangawhai

Earth Day is a global event that encourages folks all over to adopt better practices that better support and protect our environment.

There are loads of ways to get involved in the eco-movement, from cutting down on meat consumption to improving your recycling habits. But one means of improving your sustainability game you may not have thought of yet is by rethinking your travel choices.

Eco travel is growing in popularity at the moment and lucky for us in the Trans-Tasman, we have a heap of incredible options to choose from right now.

So in honour of Earth Day and making more sustainable choices more generally, here’s a list of stand -out eco-accommodation options around Australia and New Zealand.

Australian eco-travel options you want to know about:

Marion Bay, SA
An off-grid tiny home built from scratch

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This Tiny House runs completely on solar and rainwater. The off-grid property feels secluded while sitting just a few minutes outside of town. Oh, and it has a composting toilet too.

From $670/night

Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
Description via Tourism SA

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Retreat to luxury after a day sipping your way around some of South Australia’s best wineries at Tent On A Hill, perched high above in the wine country of McLaren Vale. Cosy up in a luxurious bell tent surrounded by gum trees and kangaroos while taking in views across McLaren Vale’s vineyards. Warm-up in winter by the fire pit, explore the surrounding 10-acres of picturesque farm and bushland and watch the sun set over McLaren Vale with a glass of red in hand. All your creature comforts are taken care of with a queen-size bed, toilet and camp-style shower. The ultimate eco-friendly couples retreat.

Details here

Lilydale, TAS
Eco-luxe recycled shipping container home.

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Description via Airbnb

A recycled shipping container renovated to a luxury standard utilising local eclectic materials. A one-bedroom getaway with a king-size bed, french flax linen, organic breakfast hamper supplied, mini bar stocked with Tassie wines, pre-packed meals and a wood fire.

From $670/night

Rock Forest, NSW
Eco-friendly earth-covered house.

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Description via Airbnb

This unique house is earth covered and naturally air-conditioned, using the thermal mass of the earth to achieve ultra-low energy consumption. Set on a conservation property, it’s great for couples craving a soul-restoring getaway and privacy.

From about $348/night

Gippsland Region, VIC
100% off the grid bush retreat.

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Description via Airbnb

An 100% off the grid home that is nestled amongst 5 acres of bushland situated in the glorious Gippsland region.

This Architecturally designed, award-winning bush retreat was the first home featured on Grand Designs Australia.

From $425/night

Mount Tamborine, QLD
Eco rainforest cabin.

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Description via Airbnb

The private, eco cabin was lovingly constructed from mostly recycled timbers and joinery and expanses of glass to give an immersive rainforest experience. It feels like you are sleeping in the treetops.

From $285/night

Hovea, WA
Eco-luxury nature getaway.

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Description via Airbnb

Your guest room is luxurious, eco-designed, and features a king-size bed, walkthrough shower, and hot water heated by the sun.

From $159/night

Bamurru Plains, NT

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Description via NT Tourism

Dubbed ‘Wild Bush Luxury’, Bamurru Plains is an eco-friendly, safari lodge that offers exclusive access to 300 km² of pristine floodplains, forests, wetlands and woodlands in Kakadu’s Mary River.

Prices vary, check details here

NZ eco-travel options you want to know about:

Korito, Taranaki
Eco escape self-contained off-grid tiny home

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Description via Airbnb

Powered by both solar panels and hydro turbines, this place is as “off-the-grid” as it gets.

From $160/night

Mangawhai, Northland
Arohanui Cabins Mangawhai

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Description via Airbnb

Leave it all behind and unwind at this off-grid eco-conscious glamping site overlooking peaceful native bush and farmland.

From $236/night

Waiuku, Auckland
Te Papa Eco Cottage, off the grid luxury

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Description via Airbnb

Set on a secluded hilltop overlooking the Waikato River, Te Papa offers a rustic luxury off the grid experience. It’s beautifully furnished with original art, antique chairs by a cosy wood fire, a huge King size bed, a spacious bathroom and outdoor bath.

From $240/night 

Feeling inspired to book in that annual leave now? I know, me too.

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