Perhaps we’re biased when it comes to this, but it is our belief that Australia is one of the most sublimely beautiful countries in the world. More than that, it is the perfect destination for an eco-traveler given the amount of natural beauty that will pull you away from our instilled consumerist ways and bring you back to nature.
Now, before you embark on an adventure of a lifetime, and visit at least one of the gorgeous places that we think should be on your bucket list, make sure you have the skinny on what it takes to be an eco-friendly traveler. As this type of tourism is only just booming, it’s important to equip yourself with all the vital information, so you travel responsibly and treat every country, in this case, the Land Down Under, well. Now, let’s jump in and see the must-visit destinations every eco-conscious traveler should put on their bucket list.
Back to nature
If a perfect escape from urban life and a true return to nature are what you’re looking for, the first place on your list definitely needs to be the Farm Stay in Berry in New South Wales. This place is not for nature adventure junkies, but rather those who truly want to get back to nature and get their hands in the soil. This farm, is, first and foremost, a fully vegan retreat. So, while you may be able to indulge in such tiny luxuries as massages, you will always know that everything that touches your skin is locally made and cruelty-free. You can also choose to engage in several workshops this farm has in store. For instance, there is the raw vegan workshop, picking your own fruits and veggies and even cooking classes! This farm operates on firm principles of sustainability and minimizing waste and our carbon footprint. It is completely self-sufficient as all it needs to survive is locally grown. Aside from that, the farm is surrounded with insurmountable natural beauty, so you can take morning or evening walks and simply be in sync with nature.
Something for everyone
If picking fruit and taking cooking classes isn’t your cup of tea and you wish to explore a different side of what Australia has to offer, head out to Warrandyte State Park in Melbourne. This place has virtually something for everyone: peace and tranquility for avid bird watchers, mountain biking and kayaking for the adrenalin junkies, and amazing picnic spots for those who just want to pack a nice lunch, lie down and enjoy the vista.
Now, there is a plethora of eco-friendly accommodation options. If you have done your research, you will know that renting from locals will help the local economy and make you a responsible traveler who gives back to the ‘small’ people. Aside from the sublime nature, there is so much you can do in Melbourne. However, try to walk on foot or rent a bike. This will minimize your carbon footprint, and also give you a bigger chance to mingle with the locals. You will find out where the best locally sourced food is, where the best small family-owned restaurants that serve the best food are, and if you dig deep, you may even get to indulge in some amazing spirits like estate-grown and locally made grappa and other spirits of your choice. Who says great fun can’t be environmentally responsible?
The eco-adrenalin seeker
We’re aware that many of you out there want to visit a place that you will remember for a lifetime. Now, as amazing as the previous two suggestions are, this one goes out to all the adrenalin junkies out there. The name Enchanted Adventure Garden, located in the Mornington Peninsula is fairly self-explanatory. It offers amazing adventurous activities, ranging from tree-surfing courses to tube slides and bushland obstacles. There is also zip-lining (woohoo) and incredible mazes. When you’re done having fun, you can have a great meal at one of the local restaurants, and as far as accommodation goes, it doesn’t get more eco-friendly than the self-contained, beachside Peninsula villas and huts.
The best thing about Australia is that, wherever you go, you will find a piece of untarnished nature that you will want to treat with the respect it deserves.
Guest post by Marie Nieves
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Marie Nieves is a student and lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and a regular author for several blogs. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.
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