10 luxe eco-friendly stays in Australia

Bay of Fires Lodge | Great Walks of Australia
Bay of Fires Lodge | Great Walks of Australia

Love the idea of capping off your day on the trail with sunset cliff-top drinks, or maybe kicking off your hiking shoes whilst your own personal cook preps your dinner? You can still enjoy a walking or cycling adventure without having to completely "rough it out" in the Australian wilderness. 

These beautiful, sustainable escapes are not only glamorous but leave a small environmental footprint too, so you can best explore the many Great Walks of Australia without sparing on your comfort.

Best Australian eco-friendly accommodations for walkers and cyclists

  1. Larapinta Trail Eco Campsites, Northern Territory 
  2. Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley NSW 
  3. Maria Island Bush Cabin, Tasmania 
  4. Spicers Retreats, Main Range National Park, Queensland
  5. Bay of Fires Lodge, Tasmania 
  6. Arkaba Homestead, South Australia 
  7. Cradle Huts, Tasmania 
  8. Injidup Spa Retreat, Margaret River, Western Australia 
  9. Friendly Beach Lodge, Tasmania 
  10. 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).

Facilities at our eco camps |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i> Relaxing in front of our spacious Larapinta In Comfort tents |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i> Spacious and comfortable sleeping tents at Fearless Camp. They are 2.2 metres high so you are able to stand up in them. |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i> Enjoy a campfire on our Larapinta Trail walks |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i> The stars of the desert sky are a stunning backdrop to our unique Semi-Permanent Campsites |  <i>Graham Michael Freeman</i>

• STAY HERE ON: The Classic Larapinta Trek In Comfort >

Spicers Vineyard Estate in the Hunter Valley, NSW 

Deluxe vineyard accommodation 

Our deluxe accommodation in the Hunter Valley |  <i>Spicers</i>

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 

Maria Island accommodation

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 

Tent accommodation at Spicers Canopy

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 

Bay of Fires Lodge |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i>

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 

Camping in a swag under the outback skies

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 

Enjoy a glass of wine after a day's trek along the Overland Track |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i>

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, Western Australia 

Relax & rejuvenate in the Margaret River region 

Cooling off in Injidup Spa Retreat private pool villa

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 

Friendly Beaches Lodge

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

Houseboat Lounge

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 >

View our range of ‘In Comfort’ adventures or check out more unique accommodation stays from around the world.

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