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Australia's Top Five Eco-lodges


From a chic outback stay close to Sydney to an indulgent rain-forest retreat in Queensland, T+L uncovers five stunning eco-lodges across Australia. By Benjamin Law

Published on Nov 17, 2011

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Australia’s vast and varied ecosystem is one of the world’s most breathtaking. Yet it’s also temperamental and volatile: some years bring droughts, while others bring record-breaking floods. Locals are acutely aware of climate change, and the organization Eco Lodges of Australia ( helps band together accommodation that adheres to high standards of ethical and sustainable lodging. As a bonus, they boast a wealth of creature comforts. Here, we pick five of the best.


Eco-lodges are usually synonymous with remote parts of Australia, but Tandara Sydney is a mere 10-kilometer train ride away from Sydney’s CBD, Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Not that you would know it: Lane Cover River Tourist Park, where Tandara is located, is so quiet and filled with sleepy, native animal life that it feels a world away. Staying in a luxury canvas tent, guests experience the latest in “glamping” (glamorous camping), with the fun of open-air sleeping enhanced by all the mod cons of a luxury stay: sleek bathrooms, a king-size bed, a floating wooden floor, a giant flat-screen TV and even Wi-Fi. Plassey Road, North Ryde/Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia; +61 2 9888 9133;; doubles from A$390.

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