Swimmer at the edge of an infinity pool at Capella Lodge looking out over Lord Howe Island © Baillie Lodges/Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales © Baillie Lodges/Capella Lodge

7 great holiday ideas for the conscious traveller

Couple sits around campfire at Kooljaman eco-lodge at Cape Leveque © Tourism Australia

Kooljaman, Cape Leveque, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Underwater shot of a manta ray swimming above coral reef off the coast of Lady Elliot Island © Sean Scott Photography

Manta Ray, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland © Sean Scott Photography

  Sea Turtle, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland © Sean Scott Photography

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Little penguins on the beach at sunset at Phillip Island Nature Park © Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island, Victoria © Phillip Island Nature Park

Did you know?

Little penguins are the world’s smallest penguin species, growing to about 33 centimetres (1 foot) in height.

Painted water tower on the side of the road in Bowen © Australian Silo Art Trail

Water Tower Artwork, Bowen, Queensland © Australian Silo Art Trail

East Gippsland Rail Trail © Robert Blackburn

East Gippsland Rail Trail © Robert Blackburn

Buy local

A great way to travel consciously is to support bushfire-affected communities through social initiatives such as the Empty Esky movement and Buy from the Bush.

Bottled gin from Applewood Distillery in Adelaide Hills © Erik Rosenberg

Applewood Distillery, Adelaide Hills, South Australia © Erik Rosenberg

Tasting Australia, Adelaide, SA © Tasting Australia

Be sure to stop in at Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo (on the same site in Gumeracha) to learn about their super-sustainable approaches to making gin and wine (such as using grape varieties that can be dry-grown to save water).

Couple stand-up paddle-boarding at Lagoon Beach on Lord Howe Island © Destination NSW

Lagoon Beach, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Did you know?

Sir David Attenborough once declared Lord Howe Island to be “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable”.