Friends of Australia tell us their holiday favourites

David Whitehill - TV Presenter & Wildlife Expert

There's Nothing Like Getting in Touch with Nature.

The eco-conscious can choose between resort, lodge or tented accommodation at one of these environmentally-friendly locations, recommended by David Whitehill.



3 Great Eco Stays


1. Freycinet, TAS

"Bliss for those seeking peace and quiet in natural wilderness, the eco retreat for the cooler months with gorgeous log fires, and an excellent base for exploring the east coast of Tasmania, and the Bay of Fires, with Freycinet National Park on its doorstep. You will see stars and constellations like never before and wake up to the sounds of birds and wildlife. Watching the sunset from your balcony with a nice glass of Tasmanian wine – you feel completely isolated, it's heaven."

2. Lady Elliott Island, QLD

"This coral cay island is alive and teeming with marine life, and the area is declared a "Marine National Park Zone" which means it is the closest thing you can get to pristine wilderness. You can step right off the beach, and snorkel, swim or dive into an underwater world of brilliant coloured species of marine life. Lady Elliot Island off Agnes Waters in Queensland is like an aquarium when you head underwater. All types of reef creatures visit here including dolphins, manta rays and whales which you can hear underwater as they hang out around the reef. It's one of the only islands with its own landing strip, so access is super easy and quite an experience as there's literally nothing at either end of the runway. The eco resort is committed to protecting the natural environment and uses eco aware technology, including a solar power system, and reef awareness tours to inspire others to protect and preserve the reef."

3. Wilson Island, QLD

"The totally secluded "little sister" of Heron Island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. It's a small coral cay and completely untouched. The island is a national park with nesting green turtles and loggerhead turtles, as well as incredible populations of birdlife. Black noddy terns nest in the island's pisonia trees surrounding the luxury tents. And at night time the shearwater birds dominate with their mating calls. There is a different natural event every month on this island – from the turtle hatching in January and February to the humpback whale migration in June. You feel completely isolated from the world, with designer inspired tent accommodation catering for a maximum of just 12 guests at any one time."

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