Never been so important to give thought to how we can keep travelling sustainably and responsibly because billions of tourists now roaming the globe and everyone knows about offsetting carbon emissions on flights.Great ways to reduce your impact is staying an ethical hotel.
Here are our top 8 ethical hotel options in Australia for you to consider for your next stay:
Hotel Hyde Park Sydney
Located a stones throw away from Sydney’s. Staying in this hotel is contributing to the sustainability of all YWCA programs across NSW. Where possible, they also source free trade products, supporting third world farmers.
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Alto Hotel on Bourke, Melbourne
A truly green business that has Earthcheck Gold Certification and takes an eco approach to all aspects of the hotel – including energy efficiency, rainwater toilets, a rooftop beehive, complimentary recharging of electric vehicles, and more.
Voyages Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock, Northern Territory
This award-winning five star resort lies on the edge of the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a social enterprise owned by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Land Council, which aims to assist Indigenous people to acquire and manage land for social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits. All business proceeds go into the Our Land Our Jobs project that provides education and training to Indigenous people.
The Canopy Treehouses, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland
Immersed in 100 acres of private rainforest in tropical Queensland these luxury tree houses with an eco-friendly design use 100% renewable energy. They have, the environment at the forefront of many of the accommodations finer touches including natural soaps and linens as well as biodegradable detergents.
Hotel Hotel, Canberra
This cutting-edge hotel is inspired by the Australian shack. They also use recycled and biodegradable hotel and cleaning products, use the highest-rating energy efficient appliances, source local produce for their kitchens and bar and cultivate bees. It’s also a bike-friendly hotel, with Goodspeed bikes available for guests to use free of charge
Huon Bush Retreats, Hobart
This gay owned and operated retreat is GLBTIQ friendly with Rainbow Tasmania Accreditation. Since it was opened by then Greens Senator Bob Brown in 2004 it’s commitment to environmental excellence has been acknowledged with accreditation and awards. From rainwater use to composting toilets and solar powered lights, Huon Bush Retreats offers a truly eco experience set within Tasmania’s stunning Huon Valley.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Gold Coast
O’Reilly’s opened in 1926 were pioneers of ecotourism. In addition to a commitment to nature conservation, they are also certified by Respecting The Australian Culture for respect for Indigenous cultural heritage. They also offer educational tours aimed at inspiring a message of bio-diversity, especially to children
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Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, The Kimberley, Western Australia
This new development featuring 24 tented cabins in the remote Kimberley wilderness shows an outstanding commitment to Indigenous tourism, and was built with the support of the local Kandiwal community.