Queensland’s Eco Resorts

01 Sep 2014

Lady Elliott Island

Lady Elliott Island is the annual breeding spot for Queensland's protected turtle population which visit the island between now (November) and late March to lay their eggs. Marine authorities in Queensland have already predicted a bumper season this year, so now is the perfect time to visit this wildlife paradise. Lady Elliot is an island teeming with wildlife and corals, and is famous for a resident population of 40 Manta Rays. The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA. If visited during the right season, tourists will see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales passing by.

At Lady Elliot Island visitors can simply step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater diverse world of marine life, or just simply relax and soak in the natural island atmosphere. Sheltered by the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, Lady Elliott Island offers a tranquil island paradise to relax and rejuvenate. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers a range of stylish modern accommodation options, with each suite, unit, room and cabin designed to minimise the impact on the island, whilst enriching guests' experience of the local wildlife. Lady Elliott Island continues to research, develop and implement operational improvements to reduce the impact that the resort and its visitors may have on this pristine environment, with current initiatives ranging from educating guests on the fragility of the reef to the desalinisation of seawater. ladyelliot island


Kingfisher Bay Resort

Kingfisher Bay is a family-friendly eco-resort on Word Heritage listed site Fraser Island – the world's largest sand island. Home to the purest dingoes in the world, one of Queensland's largest ranges of bird species, and dubbed the whale watching capital of the world, Fraser Island is a haven for wildlife and eco-tourism. Kingfisher Bay Resort offers a selection of accommodation options from the family friendly three bedroom villas to the multi-share Wilderness Lodges – perfect for the budget traveller – all of which are designed to blend in to their natural surroundings. Visitors can experience the natural wonders of Fraser Island with whale watching tours, sunset cruises, and four wheel drive tours. Travellers can also venture inland to Lake Mckenzie – a perched crystal clear lake with some of the purest white sand on the Island. Fraser Island is home to several environmental research projects sponsored by Kingfisher Bay Resort. www.kingfisherbay.com


Binna Burra Lodge

Binna Burra is an authentic heritage listed lodge, tucked away Lamington National Park in the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland, offering a genuine nature experience that can only be found in Queensland. Binna Burra features various accommodation styles including the spacious Sky Lodges with panoramic views stretching from the rainforest to the coastline, and The Mountain Lodge, with the original buildings from the 1930s. For those looking for more adventurous accommodation, The Rainforest Campsite's safari tents offer a more budget accommodation option, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in their natural surroundings. In an effort to maintain the scenic environment around Binna Burra Lodge, they continue to plant rare and endangered local plant species, whilst maintaining invasive plant species, and minimising any environmental impact the lodge has on the area. Recycling, composting, low-flow water fixtures and the use of energy-efficient lighting are just a few of the lodge's environmental initiatives.  www.binnaburralodge.com.au

Bloomfield Lodge

The enchanting and beautifully remote, Bloomfield Lodge is one of Queensland's hidden gems. A luxury boutique hideaway set on the shores of the Coral Sea and in the heart of the beautiful World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. This rainforest eco lodge is one of the country's most exclusive getaways, where luxury accommodation goes hand in hand with gourmet dining. Bloomfield's suites, high up in the tree tops, allow guests to feel completely secluded. Visitors can indulge in a soothing massage, relax in their private Jacuzzi hidden in the trees, or take a stroll along a deserted beach at this most romantic getaway. The very essence of Bloomfield Lodge is a commitment to conserving its landscape, flora and fauna to ensure that guests can enjoy a wilderness experience immersed in nature which does not impair nature's delicate biodiversity and ecology. Bloomfield Lodge uses solar power to heat their pool and run their telephone lines, as well as using low emission vehicles and vessels. www.bloomfieldlodge.co.uk


Bedarra Island Resort

The idyllic Bedarra resort, located 7 kilometres off the coast of Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland, reopened only a few months ago following an impressive refurbishment and sustainability overhaul. The resort, perfect for couples, is an all-inclusive, private, tropical haven – the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Comprising of just seven private villas hidden amongst its 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, the resort is now open for business once again. Bedarra has made a number of changes to the operation of the resort to significantly reduce its impact on the environment. Some of their initiatives include generating electricity by way of an off grid solar power system, sourcing water from fresh rainwater and springwater, rather than a diesel powered desalination plant, and composting of all organic waste for use on their fruit and vegetable garden.. www.bedarra.com.au


P.S. Here are a few eco-friendly itinerary options...

Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Bundaberg

Bundaberg is home to the largest turtle rookery in the Southern Hemisphere, Mon Repos. Loggerhead, Flatback and Green turtles come ashore from this month until late march - nightly tours commence in November each year until March.  These beautiful creatures lay their eggs on the beaches of Bundaberg, and roughly 6 weeks later visitors can watch the hatchlings make the epic journey to the sea. Interestingly, the sex of baby turtles is determined by the temperature of their nests. The sands of Mon Repos are slightly warmer and thus produce mostly females, whilst the white coral sands of the islands such as Lady Elliot produce mostly males. The area surrounding Mon Repos is a Conservation Park designed to protect the turtles, ensure they continue to nest in the area, and provide fantastic opportunities for turtle watching. Loggerhead Turtles are an endangered species and access to the beach is limited during the season to protect them. Other conservation initiatives include the relocation of nests which are laid too close to the waterfront, and assisting any lost hatchlings to reach the sea. www.bookbundabergregion.com.au/tours2/mon-repos-nightly-turtle-encounter/?tourcode=9504

Reef HQ, Cairns

Reef HQ allows visitors to experience the phenomenal marine life found on the Great Barrier Reef at the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. As the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ Aquarium boasts impressive exhibits that are ever changing, showcasing rare and extraordinary features of the Reef. As one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park begins at the tip of Cape York in far north Queensland and extends south to Bundaberg. Reef HQ aims to spread their message of conservation for this magnificent natural wonder, whilst educating visitors on the fascinating science surrounding the reef. Furthermore, the Reef HQ Aquarium turtle hospital provides a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated. www.reefhq.com.au


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Wet Tropics Area's World Heritage listing, Skyrail has launched two new exciting products, the Diamond View Gondolas and the Canopy Gliders. These new gondolas will enhance the already incredible experience that is Skyrail, offering stunning views of the rainforest canopy below. Skyrail's Diamond View Gondolas are fitted with glass bottoms so you can see even more of the stunning vista. For those seeking some additional thrills, the Canopy Gliders allow gests to truly enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the rainforest. www.skyrail.com.au

For more information see: www.experiencequeensland.com