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13 Eco-Friendly Resorts in Australia for a Guilt-free getaway

Have you ever heard of a “green getaway”? At Australia’s top eco-friendly resorts, you can experience the country’s incredible natural beauty without worrying about your environmental footprint. From island retreats to luxury glamping, these sustainable sanctuaries are as luxurious and relaxing as they are eco-friendly, with access to memorable outdoor adventures, locally-sourced cuisine and accommodation with pristine nature views.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve discovered the top eco-friendly resorts in Australia that are leading the way and upping their sustainability game. Expect to see eco-conscious initiatives such as solar panels, recycled water systems and wildlife watching programs at these top-rated eco-escapes.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales

Emirates One& Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales, top eco-friendly resort in Australia

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley tops the list of eco-friendly resorts in Australia, set in a conservation and wildlife reserve in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. You’ll be immersed in a nature experience like no other, from its multiple dining outlets serving seasonal, sustainably-sourced cuisine to adventure activities such as horseback riding, glow-worm tours and local gin tastings.

Unwind at the spa, then retreat to one of the private villas with gorgeous Wolgan Valley views. The luxury abodes feature spacious living areas, cosy fireplaces, private pools and picturesque verandas. Families who need extra space can book the two and three-bedroom villas.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • The first resort in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero.
  • Signature eco-friendly experiences such as wildlife safaris horse riding adventures and heritage tours.
  • Daily two-hour conservation and nature expeditions for kids.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 2,047 – USD 8,049
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 2600 Wolgan Road, Lithgow, NSW 2790, Australia

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Ramada Eco Beach Resort, Broome

Located in the romantic destination of Broome, Ramada Eco Beach Resort is one of Australia’s award-winning eco-friendly resorts. Designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape, this beachfront property offers luxe facilities such as an oceanfront pool, award-winning bar and restaurant and peaceful Dragonfly Day Spa. Discover the ultimate in relaxation with a Mud & Bubbles natural skin treatment using mangrove mud from Jack’s Creek.

Choose from luxury Eco Villas interlinked by over one kilometre of elevated boardwalk or be close to nature in the safari-style Eco Tents designed for glampers. Larger groups can stay in the spacious Beach Houses, which offer full-size kitchens, living rooms and striking views of the Indian Ocean.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • The accommodation uses solar energy and has bamboo floorboards and eco-friendly composite decking.
  • Complimentary yoga sessions each evening in the oceanfront Dragonfly Yoga room.
  • Water activities available, including kayaking, paddleboarding, ocean fishing and whale watching cruises.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 141 – USD 188
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 323 Great Northern Hwy, Broome, WA 6725, Australia

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Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania, top eco-friendly hotel

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Located inside Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge offers a captivating setting overlooking the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay. Designed to blend into its environment, it offers luxury family, spa and mountain-view cabins with private balconies. Upgrade to a waterfront Coastal Pavilion for a private deck with an outdoor bath and Great Oyster Bay views.

When hunger pangs hit, visit The Bay Restaurant for fresh seafood and sparkling Tasmanian wine or Richardson’s Bistro for casual cuisine and gorgeous views overlooking Coles Bay. Enjoy guided bush walks within the National Park or explore the east coast on two wheels with an e-bike from the lodge. Alternatively, relaxing in-room massages are available.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Adventurous activities such as sea kayaking, quad bikes and Oyster Bay Tours.
  • Walking tours that stop at popular spots such as Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach.
  • One of Australia’s top award-winning eco-friendly resorts, with accreditation for their environmentally friendly practices.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 269 – USD 599
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, TAS 7215, Australia

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Heron Island Resort, Queensland

Heron Island Resort, Queesland,, top eco-friendly resort in Australia

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One of Australia’s top Great Barrier Reef hotels, Heron Island Resort offers exclusive access to the island’s famed coral reefs and marine sanctuary. One of Australia’s most eco-friendly resorts, a stay here includes complimentary educational tours, island and reef walks and snorkelling and diving trips. Afterwards, you can get pampered at Aqua Soul Spa or enjoy a drink at Baillie’s Bar.

Book the entry-level Turtle Room set amongst the ancient Pisonia Forest or the Reef Room located on the beautiful North Beach. Families with kids can book the Reef Family Room with an outdoor terrace or upgrade to the Beach House for a private patio and boardwalk leading to the beach.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • The only resort on the eco-conscious Heron Island with turtles, reefs and beaches.
  • Organises island and reef walks, beach snorkelling, nature presentations and guided stargazing.
  • The outdoor verandah at Shearwater Restaurant with Great Barrier Reef views.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 214 – USD 281
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: Via Gladstone, Heron Island, QLD 4000, Australia

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Wildlife Retreat Taronga, New South Wales

Wildlife Retreat Taronga, New South Wales, top eco-friendly hotel

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An elegant eco-retreat nestled within Taronga Zoo, Wildlife Retreat Taronga is an oasis for animal lovers. Sustainably-designed with luxury in mind, it overlooks the wildlife enclosures and Sydney Harbour. Nestled into the existing landscape, each of the lodges offers spectacular bushland, animal, harbour or treetop views.

Just 15 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, you can get the full retreat experience and step into the sanctuary where koalas roam and platypus swim. Join a guided tour that includes up-close wildlife experiences, then satisfy your taste buds with locally-sourced produce from the delectable seasonal menu at Me-Gal restaurant.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Animal View Rooms overlooking the sanctuary where animals roam, climb and perch right outside your window.
  • Guided tours of the facilities and zoo, with revenue supporting animal conservation programs.
  • Green initiatives such as rooftop-mounted solar systems, recycled water and energy-efficient appliances.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 380 – USD 742
Guest Rating: 9.5
Address: 2a Bradleys Head Road, Sydney, NSW 2088, Australia

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The Villas Barossa, South Australia

The Villas Barossa, South Australia, top eco-friendly hotel in Australia

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The perfect blend of peace and seclusion, The Villas Barossa offers a self-contained eco-retreat with a striking bush setting. Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the eco-friendly Villas boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, cosy lounge areas, soaking tubs and private decks with rocking chairs.

While it’s easy to spend your entire holiday enjoying the views of the Australian bush, with magpies and kookaburras singing and vineyards and olive groves in the distance, you can also explore by walking and cycling. For a taste of the local specialty, visit nearby cellar doors and gin distilleries.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Environmentally sensitive practices, with villas constructed with fully modular frames, double glazed windows and solar designs.
  • Use of ceiling fans, energy-efficient lighting and landscape with indigenous native plants.
  • Bulk dispensers instead of single-use containers, recycled paper and non-chemical, natural cleaners.

Star Rating: No Rating*
Price: USD 319 – USD 329
Guest Rating: 9.6
Address: 468 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga SA 5355, Australia

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The Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, New South Wales

The Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, New South Wales, top eco-friendly hotel

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The Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort is one of Byron Bay’s most eco-friendly resorts, set in 18 hectares of subtropical rainforest. Suites offer the perfect balance of luxury and nature with rainforest-enclosed verandahs, California king-size beds, stand-alone deep soaking baths and in upgraded rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and separate lounge.

Laze by the pool or dine alfresco at the on-site restaurant, which sources ingredients from local farmers and serves biodynamic, sustainable and organic wines. The luxe spa offers a mineral spa, steam room and relaxing body treatments designed to replenish the senses with the use of indigenous products.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • A “Mindfully Safe” program that includes meditation sessions, cashless services and paperless check-in.
  • The restaurant collaborates with local farmers for its seasonal menus and offers sustainable and organic wines.
  • Stunning natural surroundings, with Deluxe Suites a five-minute stroll to Tallow Beach through the rainforest.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 262 – USD 313
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia

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Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory

Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory, top eco-friendly hotel in Australia

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Easily one of the world’s best eco-friendly resorts, Bamurru Plains offers a once-in-a-lifetime eco-experience in Kakadu National Park. Almost entirely solar-powered, the property boasts safari-style bungalows that embody the luxury glamping camps of Africa. Mesh screens allow you to observe the wildlife, while Magpie Geese serve as your alarm clock.

Watch hundreds of birds take flight at the infinity-edge pool, sign up for airboat tours or cruise the Sampan River. If you’re an animal lover, you won’t want to miss the chance to see one of the largest crocodile populations in the world or the annual migration of magpie geese. Raised six metres above the ground, The Hide is the ultimate spot to watch local birdlife.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Guided walks, airboat safaris, river cruises and game drives to spot brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies in their natural habitat.
  • The chef’s incorporate native and locally sourced produce for gourmet dining experiences.
  • Bungalows designed for minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 707 – USD 2,907
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Mary River Floodplain, Kakadu NT 0836, Australia

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Daintree Ecolodge & Spa, Far North Queensland

Daintree Ecolodge & Spa, Far North Queensland, top eco-friendly hotel in Australia

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Experience the natural beauty of the world’s oldest rainforest at Daintree Ecolodge & Spa, which offers eco-friendly “bayans” (treehouses) immersed in the natural surroundings. HotelsCombined visitors love the ecolodge’s romantic vibes, where you can wake up to the sound of birds in the canopy above and enjoy the views from enclosed balconies.

Satisfy your tastebuds with rainforest dining at Julaymba Restaurant, which serves organic and seasonal cuisine and overlooks a lagoon, then cool off with a drink at the bar. Focus on your well-being at the indulgent spa, then discover the private and pristine waterfall on a leisurely walk through the rainforest or take a dip in the inviting swimming pool.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • The only boutique accommodation in the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.
  • A private waterfall accessed by a walk through the rainforest.
  • A donation of $50 per guest goes to the Reef Keepers Fund to preserve the Great Barrier Reef.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 205 – USD 334
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 3189 Daintree Road, Daintree, QLD 4873, Australia

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Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia

Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia, top eco-friendly resort

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Set in the heart of the spectacular Karijini National Park, Karijini Eco Retreat offers unique outback glamping. The environmentally-friendly accommodation is nestled in the pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge, with Deluxe Eco-Tents, Dorm Eco Cabins and campground facilities available. Many feature decked seating areas and large windows for wildlife viewing.

For a chance to sample traditional Australian flavours, head to the outback-style Alfresco Restaurant, which also offers an extensive beer and wine list. Breakfast is available each morning, while packed picnic lunches and snacks are perfect for travellers on the go. Coffee, tea and snacks are also available all day at the kiosk/gift shop.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Minimal power for low wattage applications, floors made from recycled timber and recycled toilet paper.
  • Tents are semi-permanent and can easily be erected and dismantled in remote areas with little impact on the natural environment.
  • Easy access to Karijini National Park with its natural landscapes of red cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and water holes.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 152 – USD 319
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: Weano Road, Wittenoom, WA 6751, Australia

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Paperbark Camp, New South Wales

Paperbark Camp is a peaceful bush retreat in beautiful Jervis Bay, offering luxury camping for grown-ups. Surrounded by eucalyptus and paperbarks, the premium safari-style tents provide the ultimate privacy built above the ground, with an open-air private en suite perfect for wildlife spotting. All tents have wrap-around decks with outdoor furniture, solar-powered lighting and luxury linens.

Fuel up with a delicious dinner in the treetop dining room, which serves as a restaurant, reception, bar and lounge area. Enjoy drinks and bar snacks on the tranquil Sundowner Deck, and in winter, sit by the open fire in the cosy lounge. Order an espresso-style coffee in the morning, then visit the pristine beaches or explore the nearby national parks.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Awarded an Advanced Eco Accreditation for its sustainable philosophy with no air conditioning, heating, TV, bar fridges or power points in tents.
  • Tents feature solar-powered lighting, hand-made soaps and lotions made from natural ingredients.
  • The property has easy walking trails that wind past paperbark, gum and mangrove forests filled with local wildlife such as kangaroos.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 352 – USD 434
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 571 Woollamia Rd. Near Huskisson at Jervis B, Huskisson, NSW 2540, Australia

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The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland

Nestled in 40 hectares of pristine ancient rainforest, The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary offers private treehouses. Feel like a kid again as you enjoy sweeping views of ancient trees, birds and rare species such as Tree Kangaroos, platypus and cassowaries. You can reconnect with nature on a walk along one of the private tracks.

Two-bedroom treehouses are the ultimate eco-friendly escape, featuring full kitchens, private spa baths and elevated balconies with BBQs and hammocks. For larger groups, The Bower House sleeps up to eight people and backs onto the privately preserved rainforest.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Wildlife tours in Cairns and surrounds in Far North Queensland available.
  • Pristine natural surroundings, with treehouses offering water views perched over the banks of the Ithica River.
  • Awarded the prestigious Advanced Ecotourism Eco Certification for its eco-friendly practices.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 277 – USD 332
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 247 Hogan Rd, Tarzali QLD 4885, Australia

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The Frames, South Australia

The Frame, top eco-friendly hotel in Australia

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Offering 5-star luxury in the Australian outback, The Frames sits on the banks of the Murray River. Stay in a Pastiche Retreat for a sunken spa, private heated pool and waterfall feature or the Montage Retreat with its hydrotherapy spa, outdoor pool and infra-red sauna. Alternatively, opt for the Collage Retreat for a heated outdoor pool and space for up to four guests.

You can personalize your experience, adding sunset cruises with champagne to guided tours through creeks and wetlands. Visit the National Parks, sip Riverland wines from cellar doors or embark on a Flavour Safari to learn more about the “food bowl of South Australia.”

Eco-Friendly Hotel Highlights

  • Explore the river like a local with guided Wetland and Wildlife Safaris highlighting regional wildlife.
  • All pools are solar heated and local and eco-friendly supplies are used whenever possible.
  • Options to canoe the Riverland, join birdwatching tours and embark on a Murray River walk.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 695 – USD 1,389
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Lot 7 Panorama Ct, Paringa SA 5340, Australia

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Travel Green at These Top Eco-Friendly Resorts in Australia

Australia is home to a collection of luxurious, environmentally conscious hotels, which allow mindful travellers to stay in places that have minimal impact on the environment. For a feel-good holiday, experience Australia’s incredible natural beauty without worrying about your environmental footprint at these top-rated eco-friendly resorts.

What are your favourite eco-friendly resorts in Australia? Let us know in the comments below.

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