Victoria, Australia is home to white sandy beaches, rainforests, deserts, and snow covered mountains. It is also the place I grew up in and love! My Green Australia is here to help you find some of the best eco holiday spots around!
“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”
Now with Victoria having such a diverse ecosystem where do you start? Let’s have a look at some top spots within the 11 regions that make up the great state.
“Rich in Aboriginal heritage and home to stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, cultural attractions, acclaimed wineries and fantastic food, the Grampians is a popular destination for couples, families and adventure-seekers.” Grampians Tourism
YHA Eco Hostel – The accommodation is powered by solar electricity and utilises green initiatives including solar hot water, rain water collection, recycled greywater and waste recycling to reduce their impact on the environment.
Boroka Downs – In full seclusion and tranquility on 306 acres, carefully designed to create a harmonious, luxurious and romantic ambience, a Boroka Downs experience promotes total relaxation and individual discovery in a breath-taking natural environment. Kangaroos at your residence guaranteed!
Aquila Eco Lodges – The property is recognised for its ecological significance and is covenanted with ‘Trust for Nature’, which will protect the unique bushland forever. It is an unspoilt environment that abounds in native fauna and flora that makes Aquila one of top tourist attractions.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre – Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Halls Gap is made up of five communities in the western part of Victoria, Australia. It is the gathering place which keeps custodianship over the magnificent rock art sites in the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.
Grampians National Park – Renowned for its breathtaking rocky views, rich Aboriginal culture, European heritage and stunning spring wildflower displays, there is plenty to see and do in this rugged ancient landscape. Declared in 1984, the 168,000 hectare National park is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the park.
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Located in the south-western region of Victoria, Australia, the Great Ocean Road spans over 200 kilometres, with around half of this in the Geelong Otway Region.
Great Ocean Ecolodge – The Award-Winning Great Ocean Ecolodge offers a very special lifetime experience – enjoy luxury while treading very lightly on the earth. Observe wild kangaroos, koalas and incredible birdlife in the company of recognised ecologists, participate in conservation projects and stroll along private woodland tracks.
Lorne Bush House Cottages – Forty-three acres of private bushland, provides plenty of space for families to kick a ball around, or have a game of cricket or volleyball. Birdseed is provided for the cheeky king parrots & cockatoos and kangaroos are often seen grazing outside your door
Cape Otway Lighthouse – Completed in 1848 and constructed of sandstone, it was only the second lighthouse constructed on mainland Australia. Only 14 km from the Great Ocean Road, this extensive complex includes the oldest surviving officially built lighthouse on the Australian mainland.
Bothfeet Great Ocean Walk – Take beautiful coastal scenery; add some long stretches of remote beach, and historic lighthouse, stunning rock formations that happen to be world renowned and wildlife galore and what do you have? The recipe for one of the world’s great walks, that’s what.
OTHER WONDERFUL ATTRACTIONS WITHIN VICTORIA
Healesville Sanctuary – Australia’s premier wildlife park is nestled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne. Koalas, dingoes, kangaroos and the unique platypus are just a few of the 200 species of Australian wildlife flourishing in a stunning Australian bushland environment.
High Country Horses – High Country Horses is nestled in the foothills of Merrijig. Our tour guides are professional horse people with a sound knowledge of the environment they travel as well as a good knowledge of local folklore.
Phillip Island Nature Park – Renowned as home to one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions, the Penguin Parade. A mere 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, the Nature Park covers 2,750 hectares of Phillip Island — Victoria’s wildlife haven. The Park is an island adventure featuring wildlife reserves, wetlands and breathtaking coastlines.
Wilderness Retreats Victoria – Located at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park and Buchan Caves, Parks Victoria’s Wilderness Retreats offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents.
To ensure Victoria continues to be a nature-lovers playground be sure to check for ecotourism and nature tourism certification when choosing tourism businesses that operate on public land.
What are you favourite spots in Victoria?