10 Eco Hotels In Australia - Updated 2023

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Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country and is located in Oceana, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Indigenous Australians inhabited the country until Dutch explorers arrived in the early 1600s. Today it has a population of around 25 million, with a large number of immigrants. The country is comprised of six states and ten colonies, with its capital being Canberra and the largest city being Sydney. There are plenty of attractions that draw visitors here, including outdoor activities, arts, and cuisine. What with it being surrounded by seas, it’s no surprise that water-based activities like surfing and swimming are popular pastimes for locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of museums to explore, including Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Melbourne’s Maritime Museum. And the place has a great coffee culture, so you can try out different cafes and enjoy warm mugs of Joe. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll need a place to stay, and it’s nice to try to be as earth-friendly as possible. So we’ve put together a list of eco hotels in Australia. Keep on reading and check out these options.

1. Alto Hotel On Bourke (from USD 103)

The list starts off with Alto Hotel On Bourke, located in Melbourne. This boutique hotel offers plenty of ways to relax during your stay. Head to the lounge, where you can unwind in a massage chair. The lounge also offers free espresso—perfect for when you want to sit down and enjoy a warm drink and a book. In your room, you’ll find a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock, so you can kick back with a good show or some music. And if you like to unwind with a good workout, guests get free access to the fitness centre around the corner. The property is well-located, putting you near Southern Cross Station and Melbourne Aquarium. The hotel was the very first in Australia to receive an EarthCheck Gold Certification, so you can be sure that it’s dedicated to sustainability. It has won a number of other sustainability awards as well, it is carbon neutral, and all electricity used is from renewable sources. Wow!

Alto Hotel On Bourke

Wifi Available

Address: 636 Bourke Street

Parking Restaurant Room service 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Babysitting/child services Laundry

2. Sandpiper Motel (from USD 86)

Sandpiper Motel is found in Victoria and is a great place to call home if you want to explore the outdoors. It’s located on Apollo Bay Beach, so you can go for a dip in the ocean or relax on the sand and enjoy the sun. It’s also near Great Otway National Park, where you can go for a hike. Each room has WiFi and a TV, as well as facilities to make tea and coffee. Your private bathroom will include free toiletries and a hair dryer. This no-frills motel is modern yet simple, so it’s not wasting energy on extra amenities.

Sandpiper Motel Apollo Bay

Wifi Available

Address: 3 Murray Street

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry Family rooms Free parking

3. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley (from USD 1823)

If you’re looking for a bit of luxury and independence, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a great option. Situated in New South Wales, this accommodation is surrounded by mountains in the Blue Mountains Region. The accommodation is comprised of villas, each with its own pool and fireplace. There are plenty of activities to do on-site, including horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. If you prefer to spend your time relaxing, you can head to One&Only Spa. The management is also committed to sustainability. Some of its efforts include remaining carbon neutral, minimising waste, recycling, and taking advantage of energy-saving technology.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Wifi Available

Address: 2600 Wolgan Valley, Newnes

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Sauna

4. Ramada Resort by Wyndham Eco Beach Broome (from USD 188)

Up next is Ramada Resort by Wyndham Eco Beach Broome, located in Western Australia. This resort is an eco-retreat, utilising things like solar panels to be as sustainable as possible. It offers tents, villas, and houses, so you can choose the level of luxury you’d like. The resort sits on the beach, offering beautiful scenes of the Indian Ocean. There’s a swimming pool, and yoga is offered daily. There is also a beachside restaurant where you can enjoy a meal with a view.

Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat

Address: Lot 323 Yardoogarra, Great Northern Highway

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

5. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef (from USD 1143)

If you really like to be one with nature, a stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a great option. This accommodation is comprised of 15 tents on the white sand dunes of Western Australia. There’s a number of ways this accommodation has shown its commitment to sustainability. The toiletries it provides are natural and eco-friendly. The bathrooms attached to each tent are naturally composting. And the food served uses local ingredients. There’s plenty of nature-based activities to do at the site, including kayaking, walking, and stargazing. This is the perfect retreat for those who want to immerse themselves in Australia’s nature.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Address: Cape Range National Park

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Free parking Canoeing

6. Alpine Habitats

Alpine Habitats is situated in Crackenback, New South Wales. This accommodation is comprised of self-catering apartments, so you can enjoy a sense of independence. Each apartment comes with a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a balcony. You’re surrounded by mountains and wildlife, so the balcony is a great place to take in the elements and watch for animals. There are loads of activities to enjoy in the area, from bushwalking to skiing to fishing. And of course, the property is committed to sustainability. It is an Eco-Certified resort, meaning you can be sure it is focused on nature.

Alpine Habitats

Address: 11 Wollondibby Rd, Crackenback, Crackenback, Crackenback, Australia, 2627

7. Daintree Wilderness Lodge (from USD 200)

Up next is Daintree Wilderness Lodge, which is located in Queensland. This accommodation is actually situated in Daintree Rainforest, making it an excellent spot for those who love the outdoors. There’s plenty to do, including hiking and horseback riding. Each cabin has a minibar and coffee-making facilities. You’ll have a private bathroom as well as a balcony. The cabins also have sunroofs, so you can look out into the rainforest. In terms of sustainability, this lodge is Eco-Certified, so you can be assured it is taking the necessary steps to help the environment. It uses spring water, its cleaning products are non-toxic, and it uses generator and battery power sources.

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: 1780 Cape Tribulation Road

Parking Restaurant Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Free parking

8. Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat (from USD 203)

Located in Queensland, Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is surrounded by tropical highland rainforest. The retreat is comprised of treehouses with verandas, so you can really take in the views and immerse yourself in nature. You’ll have a spa bath, a fireplace, and cosy bathrobes, so sit back and enjoy this relaxing getaway. When you do feel like getting out, you can go for hikes at the nearby Wooroonooran National Park or use the tennis courts on-site. And when you’re hungry, you can dine at the in-house restaurant. In order to be eco-friendly, the retreat uses local food in its kitchen, it maintains the rainforest around, and when the treehouses were built, only degraded areas were utilised—meaning no trees were removed when the resort was built.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Address: 324 Land Road

Parking Tennis court Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services

9. Glass House Mountains Ecolodge (from USD 185)

To finish the list is Glass House Mountains Ecolodge, also located in Queensland. This accommodation overlooks the Glass House Mountains, so you can enjoy beautiful views during your stay. There are multiple rooms to rent at this lodge, and you can dine in its lounge that sits in a train carriage. There are plenty of amenities on-site, including a terrace, BBQ facilities, and massage services. There is free parking and WiFi as well. And of course, the owner of the lodge is committed to sustainability, being a member of the International Ecotourism Club, promoting sustainability to travellers. The property has a waste-recycling system too, uses low-energy lighting, and utilises eco-friendly cleaning products.

Glass House Mountains Ecolodge

Wifi Available

Address: 198 Barrs Road

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Games room

10. Boroka Downs (from USD 246)

Coming in at number six is Boroka Downs located in Victoria. This adult-only retreat is comprised of bungalows that border Grampians National Park. Each bungalow has all you’ll need during your stay: a fully functional kitchen, a BBQ on the patio, a TV, and a spa bath to boot. You’ll even be provided with a hiking backpack, perfect for when you explore the nearby national park. You’ll also be a short drive from Halls Gap town centre, so you can explore the town’s shops and restaurants. And being sustainable is one of the retreat’s main objectives. It has made its bungalows eco-friendly by using solar power and rainwater tanks. It is committed to protecting the wildlife and environment that surround it too.

Boroka Downs

Wifi Available

Address: 51 Birdswing Road

Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Free parking

Plenty of ways to be eco-friendly in Australia

As you can see from our list, Australia offers plenty of ways to stay eco-friendly, one of which is opting for sustainable accommodation. Whether you want to enjoy nature and stay in a treehouse or prefer a boutique hotel, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. So pack your bags and book your favourite eco hotel in Australia.

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Nicole is an American expat living in London, England. When she moved from the midwest to London in 2012, it was her first time leaving the US. She has traveled steadily since then, making trips...Read more

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