A sense of adventure: Tick. Set in a remote, wilderness location: Tick. Environmentally friendly: Tick. Has the comfort of a luxury holiday: Tick, tick and tick. If this is your set of criteria for your next walking or cycling holiday, read on!
From luxury accommodations to stunning glamping spots, these eco-friendly retreats offer gourmet experiences in Australia’s most iconic landscapes, so you can best explore the many Great Walks of Australia without sparing on your comfort.
Best sustainable and luxury accommodations in Australia for active travellers
- Larapinta Trail Eco Campsites, Northern Territory
- Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
- Maria Island Bush Cabin, Tasmania
- Spicers Retreats, Main Range National Park, Queensland
- Bay of Fires Lodge, Tasmania
- Arkaba Homestead, South Australia
- Cradle Huts, Tasmania
- Injidup Spa Retreat, Margaret River, South Australia
- Friendly Beach Lodge, Tasmania
- River Murrays Houseboats, South Australia
Larapinta Trail Eco Campsites, Northern Territory
Multi award-winning outback comfort in the Red Centre
Incorporating new sustainable technologies, glamp in safari-style tents in an incredible desert setting. Easily wash off the trail dust with a hot shower before tucking into three-course meals freshly prepared by the guides.
These campsites continue to set the standard, having won three times at the Northern Territory Tourism Brolga Award for Ecotourism (in 2016, 2017 and 2019).
• STAY HERE ON: The Classic Larapinta Trek In Comfort >
Spicers Vineyard Estate in the Hunter Valley, NSW
Deluxe vineyard accommodation
Enjoy your own luxurious private ensuite with a spa, open fireplace and king-size bed topped with a private vineyard view and mountain backdrop. It's the perfect retreat after a day's cycle with a well-deserved glass of fine wine in hand!
• STAY HERE ON: Hunter Valley Deluxe Self Guided Cycle trips >
Maria Island Bush Cabin, Tasmania
Premium wilderness stays on Maria Island, Tasmania
Tucked away in beautiful forest surrounds and it's only a stone's throw away from stunning beaches! Fall asleep in eco-friendly cabin comfort, but not before savouring a gourmet dinner and watching the beach sunset with a glass of wine.
Specially designed to have a small environmental footprint with bush showers and clean composting toilets, glamp here on the first two nights of the 4-day Maria Island Walk.
• STAY HERE ON: The Maria Island Walk >
Spicers Retreats in Main Range National Park, Queensland
Gourmet walking experience on the Scenic Rim
From Spicers' Luxury Canopy Tents to its Timber Getters eco-cabins, each accommodation on the Scenic Rim Trail walk is decked out for the active traveller who deserves a bit of indulgence.
Escape from the every day to a world of luxury, whilst still enjoying a sense of adventure in a region with more than 30,000 hectares of ancient rainforest, escarpments, stunning mountains and volcanic plateaus.
• STAY HERE ON: The Scenic Rim Walks >
Bay of Fires Lodge, Tasmania
Award-winning comfort to your eco-experience
Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding sea with arresting coastal views, experience the very best of the Bay of Fires wilderness in comfort on an idyllic short escape crowned with delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce and accompanied by fine Tasmanian wine and beer.
In an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, the lodge is in gentle communion with the wilderness for maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment. Solar-powered, an open fire, large timber deck with glass pavilions, hot showers and comfortable beds add a touch of luxury at the end of each day’s activities.
• STAY HERE ON: The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk >
Arkaba Homestead, South Australia
Bush luxury in the Flinders Ranges
Immerse in the story of the land with exclusive creature comforts on the Arkaba Walk. Enjoy two nights camping in deluxe swags on the signature star beds open to views of the countryside and above, a canopy of stars.
The final nights are in the 1850s Arkaba Homestead for the added outback luxury at the end of your walk. Wildly beautiful, wake up to panoramas of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range with all its en-suite room built with French door openings onto the deep homestead veranda. You can also extend this experience with the Murray River Walk staying on a premium houseboat.
• STAY HERE ON: The Arkaba Walk >
Cradle Huts, Tasmania
Private eco-hut stays on the Overland Track
Kick off your hiking shoes and put your feet up in one of five ecological and sustainable private huts nestled away in the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
A haven to retreat to at the end of the day on the Overland Track, you’ll indulge in fresh-baked afternoon tea, fine wine and hearty meals prepared fresh. Not to mention, you'll enjoy a hot shower, the joy of a potbelly heater and comfy beds.
• STAY HERE ON: Cradle Huts Overland Track >
Injidup Spa Retreat, South Australia
Relax & rejuvenate in the Margaret River region
Stay in oceanfront luxury and pamper your senses when walking along the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track. The intimate coastal retreat is nestled above one of the most beautiful beaches for spectacular ocean views and the tranquillity and privacy many dream of.
End the day with sunset cliff-top drinks, a dip in your private pool villa and world-class food. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a lovely massage or spa treatment.
• STAY HERE ON: The Cape to Cape in Luxury walk >
Friendly Beach Lodge, Tasmania
'Off the grid' escape in Freycinet National Park
Explore world-class coastal scenery by day, before retiring in award-winning eco-luxury at night. Nestled in a 130-hectare private sanctuary, the lodge is sustainably built and completely ‘off the grid’ with solar power, waterless toilets and rainwater tanks to maintain its pristine surrounds.
Sleeping lodges contain a lounge area with a fireplace, a shared bathroom with a claw foot bath, a separate shower room and two composting toilets.
• STAY HERE ON: The Freycinet Experience Walk >
River Murrays Houseboats, South Australia
Stay on an exclusive floating house
Combine your trip with the Murray River Walk onboard a comfortable houseboat and dine from a menu designed by a renowned native food pioneer.
Enjoy a back to nature experience that has the comfort of a luxury holiday as you walk through the ancient red gum forests of the great Murray River, before retreating to your own modern double room with hot showers and a hot spa on the top deck.
• STAY HERE ON: The Murray River Walk >
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