Margaret River scooped a coveted spot in the Green Destinations Top 100 Sustainable Destinations Awards last month, a huge step towards becoming a certified ECO Destination.
Here are some of the businesses currently working towards or who are already eco accredited, to help you minimise your carbon footprint and maximise the opportunity to give back to the community during your visit to this special place.
Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge has long been eco accredited in the educational category, and Benson Holland and his team are now working towards carbon neutral.
“We’re a Land for Wildlife property, a great place to relax and reconnect with nature, but there’s still a touch of luxury,” said Benson, a former environmental scientist. Guests enjoy interpretive information about birdwatching and trail guides explaining the five different eco systems on the property, including the orchids, wildflowers, fungi and native animals.
“We’re working towards solar electricity and carbon neutral. We look at what we order, what our footprint is, and offsetting our carbon consumption in a rehabilitation project in the wheatbelt, the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.”
In the meantime, they’re supporting local business with a recent move away from mini shampoos to large refillable bottles, with superb products from Vasse Virgin.
Fair Harvest is a permaculture farm with camping and glamping facilities, and an absolute delight to visit on their farm and café open days. While we’ve popped them in the accommodation category, Fair Harvest also offers a range of fantastic permaculture workshops, yoga retreats and events such as the annual Festival of Forgotten Skills.
Tree Chalets operate entirely off-grid, harvesting rainwater, solar energy with a 28kW battery storage system. There’s also a Tesla car charger ready to recharge your EV. Set in a Rosegum plantation, you can soak up the atmosphere with an outdoor bath, massage or take a nature walk.
Cruise, fish and relax in comfort on the beautiful Blackwood River in Augusta, knowing you are leaving no trace. Blackwood River Houseboats are set up for eco adventures in splendid isolation, with bush walks, a bird sanctuary, river dolphins and wildflowers along the way. Their base and houseboats operate completely off grid with a minimal footprint.