Smiths Granite Hiker Photo credit Cape To Cape Explorer Tours

Sustainable Travel: How To Holiday With a Light Footprint

Meet some of our local climate heroes championing sustainable travel.

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.

It’s a region blessed with pristine coastline, awe-inspiring forest and 65,000 years of Wadandi sustainable land care.

It’s also home to some incredible tourism operators working hard to protect, conserve and share knowledge on our natural assets.

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.

Tree Chalets Busselton Photo Credit West Beach Studio
Tree Chalets operate entirely off-grid. Photo credit Dylan Alcock / West Beach Studio.

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Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge

Eco Accredited with Ecotourism Australia.

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

Working towards Eco Accreditation with Ecotourism Australia.

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

Sustainable Tourism Accredited.

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.

Blackwood River Houseboats

Working towards Eco Accreditation with Ecotourism Australia.

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.

Advice from a Local

Our team of local experts are here to help plan and book your stay in the Margaret River Region.