The Margaret River Region and Busselton Toyota, in partnership with 5 Rooms Retreat, are giving away the chance to have your very own eco-friendly road trip in this unique part of the world – complete with the keys to a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for the weekend, two night’s accommodation and dinner for two at Miki’s Open Kitchen. We sent professional adventurer and writer Sarina Kamini on a test drive of sorts, to sample some of the regions more sustainably-minded delights – from honest food, to ethical accommodation, to sustainable touring and attractions.
There is a sense of incongruity in road tripping through the kind of pristine environment the Margaret River Region presents. Travelling hybrid relieves any contradiction. For one, it’s quiet: birds, not the hum of the engine, become the aural focus. And most importantly, as vehicular travel goes, it is sustainable – in fact, the Toyota Hybrid produces zero emissions when put into electric EV-mode. For the modern eco-traveller, it’s not just about seeing the most natural environments, but also taking care of them during time spent visiting.
From emissions-reducing cars to eco-focussed accommodation and sustainable tourism operators in between, this two-day road trip runs from one end of the cape to the other. Enjoyment is primary. But so is protection of the natural landscape. One doesn’t need to cancel out the other.
Start your hybrid engines….