Reconnect with nature at an eco-friendly, off the grid getaway. They may not be social enterprises, but all these properties are gentle on the earth and environment. Solar power, rainwater tanks and an opportunity to live with a small footprint and a quiet mind.
Riverside Retreat, Castlemaine Victoria
This stunning contemporary accommodation is surrounded by native crown bushland and has been designed using ecologically sustainable design principles. There are Japanese-inspired touches, such as tatami-mat flooring, and wide windows to get you immersed in the outdoors.
(Image: Riverside Retreat, Stayz.com)
Forest Haven B&B, Beaufort Victoria
Set amongst forest in Beaufort, this bed and breakfast is designed for slowing down and unwinding while leaving minimum impact; complete with vegan meals. The land is also a sanctuary for rescue animals, all taken care of by the property’s owner, Jo, and her team.
(Image: Forest Haven, myvegandirectory.com)
Miguel by Unyoked, Southern Highlands New South Wales
Get into the wilderness and unplug with Miguel, a tiny cabin which brings you as close to nature as possible while still having four walls around you. You’re not given the exact navigation until 2 days before you’re setting off, but what you do know is that you’ll be out amongst “Attenborough-level nature”. Booking well in advance is recommended for this popular getaway.
(Image: Miguel, unyoked.com)
Mile End Glamping, Margaret River Western Australia
Light-filled geodesic domes set on a 144 acre estate in WA’s wine region let you appreciate the outdoors in comfort and luxury. Enjoy the surroundings of native bush and the flowing river or head out to nearby wineries for different sort of flow.
The Stonehouse Retreat, Crows Nest Queensland
This remarkable property, with breathtaking views, was originally hand-built as a private residence but is now open to visitors – lucky us. Looking out to the Scenic Rim and numerous lakes, this getaway is children and pet-friendly, and the perfect base for bushwalks, swimming in lakes or mountain biking.
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