Green getaways: 5 holidays for getting back to nature

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What better way is there to relieve stress and recharge your batteries than a stay far away from the daily grind? Answer: a stay far away from your urban life that leaves you feeling refreshed and guilt free for being environmentally conscious while you unwind. Ecotourism promotes sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture heritage and the environment. In the following, we give you an overview of five ecofriendly travel destinations in different states.

Ecologically sustainable travel destinations are the ideal choice for anyone who loves nature and wants to keep their environmental footprint to a minimum.

African-style luxury-camping in New South Wales

Nestled away in the picturesque bushland of Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp is a family-operated business, offering a luxurious mixture of fine food, wine, and African-inspired accommodation. With an Advanced Eco Certification from Ecotourism Australia, and as part of the EcoLodges of Australia group, Paperbark Camp provides outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and kayaking. A sustainable approach to hospitality makes this eco lodge a great choice for nature buffs who like to keep their carbon footprint low.

Relaxation and wildlife conservation in Victoria

Operated by the Conservation Ecology Centre, the Great Ocean Ecolodge is all about wildlife conservation. Guests can go on a seal spotting tour, participate in a guided Great Ocean walk, or just explore the great outdoors for themselvesi. You're welcome to accompany the researchers into the bush, where you can learn how to help save endangered species and even get involved in conservation work. Koala population surveys, DNA collection for analysis and habitat restauration are some of the tasks carried out as part of the Conservation Insights Programii.

Tree tops and spa treatments in Queensland

For those in need of some quiet pampering, Daintree Eco Lodge in Queensland comes with a range of alluring accommodation packages and spa treatments. After an adventurous day full of exploring Daintree Rainforest, rest in one of the banyans (cabins) above the forest floor, furnished with natural materials. Choose from a variety of massages with exotic names such as Walbul-Walbul ( (meaning butterfly) or Wawu Bubu ( (meaning Spirit of Earth), as well as head, face, hand and feet treatmentsiii.

The scenic Flinders Ranges region of South Australia is the ideal destination for eco-tourists.

Romantic wilderness in South Australia

No matter whether you prefer to set up a tent under the clear night sky, indulge in the luxury of an eco-villa or enjoy a self-contained cabin, Rawnsley Park Station comes with all the options. Perfectly located to explore the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia, this award-winning eco lodge offers sunset 4WD tours, scenic flights and guided bush walks to forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city.

Dramatic beauty and outback adventures in Western Australia

When you think of the Kimberley, you may picture fiery red landscapes, towering rocks and sparkling waterfalls - the perfect getaway for a week or two! For the eco-conscious, the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge is located in marvellous Purnululu National Park, with access to the Bungle Bungle Range. Open-air-dining, luxurious tented cabins and camp fire evenings are great to unwind after days packed with excursions to Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge or Echidna Chasm. Bungle Bungle Lodge is Advanced Ecotourism Certified, and was awarded the inaugural New Product Development Award by Australia's North West Tourism.

iGreat Ocean Ecolodge, Things to do - explore, viewed 6 August 2015,

iiGreat Ocean Ecolodge, Koala conservation experience, viewed 6 August 2015,