A green getaway is more than just a fun alliteration—it’s the way we should all start thinking about how we travel.
We’re talking booking a stay somewhere that uses solar power, harvests rainwater and makes the most of local produce, among other things.
To help you out, we’ve created a list of sustainable escapes around Western Australia that’ll make you feel even better about saying yes to that weekend getaway. After all, you’re doing it for the environment.
Yelverton Brook Eco Chalets
Combining hand-built Earth chalets with a native wildlife conservation sanctuary, Yelverton Brook Eco Chalets provides an experience to remember. Awarded with the highest eco-certification, the farm-style chalets come equipped with outdoor hot tub spas, planet-friendly recycled rubber wood furniture and underfloor heating, stone cladding and insulated blinds to reduce the need to put the heating on. In your welcome pack, you’ll score local milk, free range eggs and butter, and you can opt to have a loaf of freshly baked biodynamic bread delivered as well. With a view of the surrounding sanctuary, all that’s left to do is try and spot an adorable woylie (miniature kangaroo) or western ringtail possum.
Karijini Eco Retreat
A multi-award-winning eco retreat, Karijini’s Joffre Gorge is home to 40 swish eco tents all equipped with ensuites—this is glamping at its finest. With solar power and hot water, the deluxe tents are stocked with eco-friendly supplies and are raised off the ground ensuring the impact on surrounding wildlife is kept to a minimum. Unless it’s a super hot day, there’s not much need for air-conditioning when you can unzip the sides of the tent for airflow, and if it’s chilly at night the friendly staff will provide a hot water bottle to keep you warm and toasty. Remember: “Take only memories, leave only footprints”.
Sal Salis’ list of eco-credentials is long. Perched on the shores of the incredible Ningaloo Reef, the eco-retreat generates almost 100% of its power via solar panels and the wilderness tents are built above ground and connected by boardwalks to ensure the natural flora and fauna go undisturbed. There’s also gas hot water, nature loos, organic cotton and chemical free linens on the beds, locally-made, natural soaps, organic shampoos and conditioners in the bathrooms, and all recycling, grey water and waste is disposed of thoughtfully. On top of this, to conserve water, each guest is allotted 20 litres of fresh water from Cape Range National park per day for washing and showering and they can refill their reusable drink bottles at the camp, so there’s no need for nasty single-use plastics. The best bit? There’s no internet connection, so you can completely disconnect from reality as you take in the beauty of Ningaloo Reef while relaxing in your very own hammock.
About 125km north of Carnarvon on Ningaloo Marine Park’s southern tip, Red Bluff is a secluded escape that offers up stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Their two retreats are where it’s at. Perched above natural vegetation, the safari tent-style glamping sites are powered by solar panels and contain all of the little luxuries you could need, including a full-sized fridge/freezer, microwave, gas stove, ensuite bathroom with rainwater and BBQ. The Store dishes out pizzas on Saturday nights and stocks the basics like bread, ice, milk and bait. All you have to do is leave the place cleaner than you found it and you can enjoy looking smugly out to sea from your balcony, knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.
Eco Beach Resort
Linked by one kilometre of raised boardwalks, Eco Beach Resort, one-hour south of Broome, lets you experience the best of the Kimberley without impacting the natural environment. Choose between the Eco Villas, Eco Tents or The Beach Houses, and you can rest easy knowing your holiday isn’t costing the Earth. The resort uses a hybrid power system and stores the solar energy collected during the day in batteries to power the generators at night. It also collects its water from a bore, which is then filtered and treated for drinking and showering. You’ll be well fed at Jack’s, Eco Beach Resort’s restaurant named after one of the traditional owners of the land, with 70% of the fresh produce harvested from the on-site organic garden. Everything else is sourced from local growers or pulled fresh (and sustainably) from the Indian Ocean.
Kooljaman At Cape Leveque
An off-the-grid escape on the Kimberley’s incredible Dampier Peninsula, Kooljaman At Cape Leveque is a sight to behold; think red pindan dirt, pristine white sandy shores and the bluest water you’ve ever seen. Kooljaman is jointly owned by the Djarindjin and Ardyaloon Aboriginal communities, operates using solar power and bore water and is a three-hour unsealed drive from Broome that you’ll be needing a 4WD for. Their low-impact Deluxe Safari Tent, named after Bari Elder Pop Louie, provides all the creature comforts you could desire as you glamp in the wilderness. But, if you’re not afraid to get your hands (and feet) a little dirty, the Beach Camping Shelters provide an incredible experience. Perched on the cliff-tops overlooking the ocean, the Bardi-style shelters are made with palm fronds and include open fire pits, outdoor showers, sandy floors and picnic tables. Just set up your own tent or swag and you’re ready to relax the days away. There’s even a Bush Butler service and continental brekky baskets to make things even easier.
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Image credit: Karijini Eco Retreat, Red Bluff and Sal Salis