The Best Family-Friendly Eco Resorts In NSW
Keen to combine your passion for sustainability and environmentalism with your family’s next holiday? These green getaways in NSW pride themselves on their conservationism-centric focus, whilst also being great vacation spots that are kid-friendly to boot.
Here’s where to head for your next family break:
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
This innovative eco-retreat nestled within Taronga Zoo offers an exclusive, immersive experience in a secluded, bushland setting. Wildlife Retreat at Taronga has been thoughtfully designed to include environmentally sustainable initiatives that significantly reduce their carbon footprint, targeting a 5 star Green Star rating. With stunning views over Sydney Harbour, the lodges are nestled into the existing leafy landscape overlooking bushland that is the habitat of free-range native fauna. At the centre of the retreat is The Sanctuary - the home of Australian native wildlife including Koalas, Wallabies and Echidnas.
With a range of guided tours and up-close wildlife experiences, a stay at the Wildlife Retreat includes an afternoon tour of The Sanctuary, a three-course dinner, buffet breakfast, a morning tour of the Zoo including Wollemi Aviary with rare and endangered native Australian birds, a meeting with Red Kangaroos and endangered Tasmanian Devils, and free access to the Zoo during your stay.
Choose from the Bushland Room, Animal View Room, Harbour View Room or Treetop Suites.
Emirates One And Only Wolgan Valley - Blue Mountains
Most definitely one for lovers of luxury, Wolgan Valley Resort occupies just one per cent of a 7,000-acre nature reserve in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area. Amongst all of the opulent hallmarks of a luxury resort, Wolgan Valley strives to make its commitment to sustainability a reality. It’s the first hotel in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero, a distinction it continues to receive every year.
For kids, the Junior Rangers (under 8 years) and Senior Rangers (8 years and older) programs will encourage them to engage with nature through fun outdoor and indoor activities. Themes include bush survival, fossil hunting, adventure hikes, yabbying, orienteering and a whole lot more.
With a range of villa types to choose from, the grandeur of the heritage buildings makes Wolgan Valley the ideal spot for a secluded family vacation—memories of which will last a lifetime.
H Boutique Hotel - Hunter Valley
Nestled in the stunning vineyards of NSW’s most popular wine region, the H Boutique Hotel is committed to protecting the environment, wisely utilising natural resources and being self-sufficient.
Boasting no emissions, no greenhouse gases, no pollutants, no wasted water or energy coming from huge power stations, H Boutique Hotel has seriously raised the bar in green credentials. The selection of two-bedroom quarters or homestead accommodation makes for comfortable family fun, and the tranquil backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges provides the perfect setting for exploring all that the Hunter Valley has to offer.
Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat - Mid North Coast
Situated on the Camden Haven River on the mid-North Coast of NSW, Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat comprises luxury treehouse accommodation with a stunning twelve-acre garden that kids will love to explore, kitchen garden and chicken house for fresh eggs. The family-friendly accommodation is perfect for small families and has been awarded Dual Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia for Ecotourism and Climate Action Business.
The Camden Haven is the perfect location for family fun, with national parks, fishing, freshwater swimming, pristine beaches, horse riding and more all located nearby.
ecoCrackenback - Snowy Mountains
ecoCrackenback is nestled among gently rolling hills on the Alpine Way, just 15 minutes from both Thredbo and Jindabyne, meaning that skiing, snowboarding, swimming, mountain biking, horse riding, tennis, squash and golf are all just minutes away. It’s also located on more than 40 acres of land that features beautiful local flora and fauna that makes for the perfect screen-free afternoon exploration.
ecoCrackenback is an eco-certified 4 Star resort, and the on-site eco-trail is a fantastic highlight for the whole family. Kids will love spotting kookaburras and kangaroos as they wander around the picturesque property.
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