Top 8 eco resorts in Western Australia
Flawless beaches, vast landscapes and plenty of sunshine are all waiting in the west.
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From grand beachfront resorts to intimate forest chalets, Western Australia has its fair share of eco resorts that will get any visitor excited.
With our list of the best to choose from, you can go luxe or completely off the beaten track from the coral lagoons and mountains of the Kimberley right down to the wine and foodie paradise of Margaret River.
Eco resorts in Broome and the North West
Relax and unwind on a resort set among the pristine and untouched Kimberley region.
- Sustainable energy use. Villas are solar powered and self-sustaining. Any excess power is diverted into the resort's grid.
- Eco tents. Tents are designed to ensure maximum air circulation and ventilation, omitting the need for air-conditioning.
- Reduced water consumption. Native plants are used to reduce irrigation needs and recycled wastewater is used to water the grounds. The tents and villas are cleaned every three days and all the showerheads, sink taps and toilets are low flow.
- Low impact on-site activities. Activities are mostly wilderness and culture-based and include nature walks, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and indigenous tours.
- Involved in wildlife conservation. Ramada Eco Beach sponsors and assists the Eco Beach Sea Turtle Monitoring Program, which allows guests to participate in monitoring the local Flatback Turtle population and collects valuable data on nesting turtles.
2. Faraway Bay
Get away from it all at this luxury bush camp nestled on a rocky hilltop with views of the Timor Sea.
- Low-impact design and construction. Resort development included minimal clearing of native vegetation and features plantation-produced timber or local recycled materials where possible.
- Sustainable use of resources. Water is sourced from a natural fresh spring and all firewood is from trees blown over during the off-season.
- Solar powered. Water is solar heated and solar lights illuminate the guest pathways.
- Minimal tourism. Guest numbers are kept small to minimise the impact on the environment.
- Sustainable products. Soaps, shampoo and washing powder are all locally made and biodegradable.
Stay in a deluxe eco tent for an all-natural glamping experience within Karijini National Park.
- Solar powered. Minimal power is provided to the tents for charging of small devices and tents are positioned to allow for natural ventilation in place of air conditioning.
- Recycled materials. The floor is made from composite timber, recycled toilet paper is used on-site and greywater is treated and reused.
- Water usage is restricted. Low-flow showerheads are installed in the showers and spring-loaded taps are used for the hand basins. Rooms are serviced every four days to minimise water needed for laundering linens.
Go off the grid in a 100% Indigenous-owned wilderness camp surrounded by the natural wonders of Bardi Jawi country.
- Locally owned and operated. Kooljaman is located on native title land and jointly owned by the Aboriginal communities of Djarindjin and Ardyaloon.
- Local produce. The on-site restaurant and cafe use local bush ingredients combined with modern culinary techniques.
- Low impact. The camp is solar powered and local bore water is used. The accommodation is designed to capture the rugged character of Bardi Jawi country and reflects the local Aboriginal values.
Fall asleep to the sound of the waves on your getaway in Cape Range National Park.
- Close to 100% solar powered. Tents face the ocean and are naturally cooled by coastal breezes, so there is no need for air-conditioning.
- Water management. En-suite bathrooms feature compost toilets and greywater from the hand basins and showers are filtered before using around the grounds. Each guest is allocated 20 litres of water per day to minimise freshwater run-off and a 3-minute shower time policy is encouraged.
- Guest amenities. Soaps are produced locally and are chemical-free and solar lanterns are used along the pathways to guide guests at night. Filtered drinking water is provided to reduce the need for plastic water bottles.
Head to Margaret River for your next wilderness adventure and enjoy luxury sustainably.
- Locally sourced products. The retreat supports Australian tent designers for the glamping and safari tents. Locally produced organic bathroom amenities are provided in rooms and locally grown and gathered ingredients are used at the in-house restaurant.
- Water management. Water is sourced for guest use from a natural spring-fed dam and guests are encouraged to use it sparingly.
- Solar powered. Cabins are fitted with off-grid solar technologies to
recharge devices and provide lighting.
Be surrounded by nature on all sides with the coast just a short drive away.
- Shop local. Products are sourced locally.
- Reduced carbon footprint. Chemical-free cleaning and recycled products are used where possible. Recycling facilities are available on-site.
- Continued education. The resort keeps up to date with sustainability practices and conducts regular self-analysis.
Stay in a hand-built Earth chalet with native wildlife at your doorstep.
- Farm-fresh produce. With a farm on-site, guests can enjoy free-range eggs and butter, local milk and freshly baked biodynamic bread delivered to their room.
- Natural insulation. Chalets have stone cladding and insulated blinds to reduce the need for heating.
- Recycled materials. Furnishings are created from recycled and eco-friendly timbers.
- Conservation sanctuary on-site. The retreat sits on the grounds of a flora and fauna sanctuary with unique walking trails to explore.
Why we chose these accommodation options
- All of these eco-friendly resorts in Sri Lanka advertise a clear and transparent sustainability plan, with the promise of taking more steps towards being carbon neutral in the future.
- Organically grown produce and sourcing local products are important for all of the hotels.
- There is a growing focus on giving back to the communities, whether it be through providing employment, training or awareness.
- Regeneration and protection of the local flora and fauna are paramount.
We also considered resorts that are either locally owned, employ a majority of workers from the local community or use locally produced goods.
Additionally, we factored in the quality of accommodation available at each resort. We sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considered first-person experiences and each resort's overall reputation.
What to know before you go to Western Australia
- Use reef-friendly sunscreen or wear a rash guard to block out that harsh Western Australian sun while swimming instead of a chemical-based sunscreen.
- Take along a small bag so you can dispose of any waste while out exploring.
- You are likely to bump into wildlife during a bushwalk or at your lodge. While this can be exciting, do not attempt to go near them, feed them or touch them as this could
- harm their natural habitat or way of life.
Things to avoid when booking eco-accommodation in Western Australia
- Steer clear if a resort doesn't make the details of its green initiatives easily accessible. The best eco resorts are proud to showcase their environmental initiatives, so avoid any that don't at least have an education program.
- Consider whether you need multiple pools and hot tubs, which can be a huge environmental burden.
- A well-built structure eliminates the need for air-conditioning and unnecessary lighting, so unless you really need it, avoid resorts that have air-conditioning.
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