A green getaway is more than just a fun alliteration—it’s the way we should all start thinking about how we travel.
The ubiquity of present-day travel is having some pretty dire consequences on our planet and our society. Overtourism causes overcrowding, pollution, destruction of protected areas and a myriad of other issues that will soon come to bite us in the ass à la 2012 (yes, I'm talking about that awful John Cusack movie). So where better to start lowering our ecological footprint than in our own backyard?
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some pretty cool green getaways around Victoria for you to try. All these spots genuinely aim to lessen their social and environmental impact, so do the planet a favour and keep them in mind when planning your next local escape.
Wilderness Retreats is run by Parks Victoria. All of the retreats are eco-certified, which means that they are backed by a strong commitment to sustainable practices. Inside every retreat, you’ll find timber floors, decks, chairs and tables, a fridge, as well as all the bedding you’ll need. They’re the perfect spot to set yourself up before exploring Gippsland’s national parks.
The Twelve Apostles Lodge
Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles Lodge is a forest-hugged refuge three hours from Melbourne. This amazingly designed lodge has been crafted with environmental sensitivity in mind. This translates to passive solar design, hydronic heating, low consumption electric and water fittings, on-site wastewater treatment and composting, plus a self-sufficient water supply. You’ll never want to leave.
Yarranungara Yurt Retreat
Eco-luxury glamping in the heart of Gourmet Food & Wine Country? Sign us the hell up. At the Yarranungara Yurt Retreat, you can spend the night in an eco-friendly, handcrafted Mongolian Yurt and bespoke red gum ensuite overlooking 100 acres of natural red gum forest and waterways with private King River frontage. There’s only one yurt on the property though, so we recommend booking in advance.
Let’s step away from the yurt, lodge and glamping accommodation and into something more luxurious. If you’re not the type to rough it out in nature (we don’t blame you), but you still want a sustainable getaway, Boroka Downs has literally got you covered. Boroka Downs offers couples award-winning nature-based luxury accommodation for romantic getaways in the Grampians. Not only is it ecotourism-accredited, but it’s also a member of Land for Wildlife promoting the establishment of habitats for wildlife. It's stunning.
Grand Designs Property "Eco Bush Retreat"
Callignee II is a secluded luxury eco-retreat located just two hours from the CBD. This sustainable, 100% off-the-grid home is nestled among 5 acres of bushland in the glorious Gippsland region—one look at this property, and we swear you’ll never want to leave. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for a bit of an eco-friendly splurge, this is it.
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