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5 chic eco retreats: the best eco resorts in Australia

Experience the Australian wilderness in a way that’s chic yet eco-conscious with Skyscanner Australia’s pick of the best luxury eco resorts and eco-friendly lodges in Australia.

1. Bamurru Plains, near Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)

One of the most immersive eco experiences you can enjoy in Australia is at Bamurru Plains, whose safari bungalows have mesh screen walls on three sides. Situated on a 300 kilometre-square private buffalo station on the edge of Kakadu National Park, it’s not uncommon for guests at Bamurru Plains to wake to the sound of buffalo wading through the floodplains.

Located in a remote part of the Top End, in what is known as Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta, all activities at Bamurru Plains revolve around the spectacular landscape. Choose from excursions including airboat rides across the floodplains, crocodile-spotting river cruises and open-top 4WD safari drives.

Bamurru Plains is a 3-hour drive or 30-minute scenic flight from Darwin Airport.

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2. Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park (Western Australia)

Western Australia’s ancient Pilbara is home to staggering gorges, waterfalls, natural plunge pools and Karijini Eco Retreat, an environmentally friendly campground owned by the local Aboriginal people.

Karijini Eco Retreat has a number of accommodation options nestled in the pristine bushland near Joffre Gorge, including 40 deluxe eco tents for guests who prefer the glamorous version of camping known as ‘glamping’.

You’ll want to pack your walking shoes to explore the sensational sites surrounding the retreat, not least Joffre Gorge with its dramatic curved wall and waterfall.

The nearest airport to Karijini Eco Retreat is Paraburdoo (2 hrs drive away) which you can fly to with Qantas.

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3. Freycinet Lodge (Tasmania)

Wake up in one of the geological wonders of the world at Freycinet Lodge, the only accommodation situated inside Tasmania’s world-famous Freycinet National Park.

The eco-accredited Freycinet Lodge has 60 environmentally-friendly 1 and 2 bedroom cabins tucked away on the shores of Coles Bay – the pink-hued granite peaks of The Hazard Mountains and sensational Wineglass Bay are a short distance away.

The elegant room types include Spa Cabins with water views and Coastal Pavilions complete with private outdoor bathtubs.

The closest airport to Freycinet Lodge is Launceston, which is approx. 2 hours away by car. Transfers from Hobart Airport take approx. 2.5 hours.

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4. Daintree Ecolodge & Spa (Far North Queensland)

For an eco-retreat with a difference check into a luxury treehouse deep within the Daintree Rainforest. Daintree Ecolodge & Spa boasts 15 eco-friendly treehouses (called bayan) in the World-Heritage listed rainforest, some with hot tubs on the balcony.

The Daintree is considered the oldest living tropical rainforest on earth and is home to over 430 species of birds, 13 of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The Daintree is also known for being where the rainforest meets the reef, so at Daintree Ecolodge & Spa not only is this magnificent rainforest on your doorstep but so is one of the world’s natural wonders, The Great Barrier Reef.

This sustainable resort is a scenic 90-minute drive north of Cairns; you’ll pass the pretty seaside town of Port Douglas on the way.

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5. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay (New South Wales)

Just two hours outside of Sydney is the award-winning glampsite Paperbark Camp. Featuring African-style safari tents with glamorous touches (all have ensuite bathrooms, some with freestanding bathtubs), Paperbark Camp offers barefoot bush luxury.

Located in jaw-dropping Jervis Bay, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches and bushwalks in this region. Take advantage of the camp’s free bikes, canoes and kayaks to explore the local area or chill out on your own deck and wait for the local wildlife to come to you. (It’s not uncommon to find kangaroos at your door in the morning.)

Come the evening you can feast on gourmet bush tucker at the camp’s award-winning Gunyah Restaurant where all the food (either grown on site or locally produced) is organic, fair trade and free-range.

The nearest airport to Paperbark Camp is Sydney. Ff you don’t fancy the scenic drive, you can take the train to Bomaderry (Nowra) instead.

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