Top 8 eco-friendly & sustainable getaways

Enjoy a luxury nature getaway completely guilt free! Check out this guide to sustainable and eco-friendly travel destinations in South Australia.

South Australia is home to some of the country’s most exquisite natural habitats and environments. The state has also respected sustainable living and tourism, with Adelaide becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city. There’s lots on offer for visitors wanting to dine and relax sustainably – here are some of our top picks.

Topdeck at Snelling Beach

Luxury and sustainability come together at the Topdeck Sanctuary at Snelling Beach, just above Kangaroo island’s coastline. Topdeck is designed as a get away from busy modern life and is the perfect travel destination if you want to relax with a clear peace of mind.

Location: Middle River, on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

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Find the Topdeck Sanctuary website here.

Glenberrie Place “ECO Retreat” at Kangarilla

Photographer: David Williams

If you’re looking to connect with nature, Kangarilla’s Glenberrie Place is a must. The eco retreat is perfect for a romantic getaway for two. The owners have taken many steps to reduce the property’s carbon footprint, including installing a large solar system with a Tesla battery, which satisfies approximately 70% of their energy requirements. The property owners even grow their own produce!

Location: Kangarilla, South Australia (exact address revealed upon booking).

Find the Glenberrie Place Airbnb listing here.

Eco Pod Spindrift at Port Gibbon

Eco-tourism accommodation provider Eco Eyre’s environmentally friendly Eco Pods are the perfect guilt-free getaways. Located in Port Gibbon, Spindrift (one of two pods) is situated just steps away from the foreshore, offering uninterrupted beach views spanning from Lucky Bay to Tumby Bay and Moonta Bay.

Location: Port Gibbon, South Australia (exact address revealed upon booking).

Read more here.

Find the Eco Eyre website here.

Eco-suites at Byrne Vineyards

Byrne Vineyards in Morgan has opened a range of eco-suites with beautiful views from surrounding wetlands, vineyards, bush and cliffs. Walking trails are also offered for those wanting to explore the history of the property and its native flora and fauna. If you’re desperate for an escape away from the city – this is the place to go!

Location: Morgan, South Australia (exact address revealed upon booking).

Read more here.

Find the Eco-suites Airbnb listing here.

Bills Boathouse at White Sands

This beautiful sustainable boathouse offers a completely self-contained and modern floating eco pod. Bill’s Boathouse is permanently moored on the Murray River – the perfect spot to whip up a barbecue or bring along a fishing rod. Get back to nature and enjoy this peaceful river getaway!

Location: White Sands, South Australia (exact address revealed upon booking).

Find Bills Boathouse Airbnb listing here.

Earthship at Ironbank

Based in the Adelaide Hills, this ecological bed and breakfast will keep you off the grid and bring you back to nature. The owners of Earthship have their own solar panels and batteries to store electricity, with solar hot water and rain water tanks keeping your experience sustainable. The venue is also made from natural and recycled materials, meaning this getaway is a must!

Location: 462 Ironbank Road, Ironbank (note some maps may refer to it as Lot 100 Ironbank Road)

Find the Earthship website here.

CABN at various locations

Pictured: Elsie CABN (Marananga)

CABN is known for releasing stunning off-grid eco pods across SA. What better way to unwind than falling asleep surround by bush land? There are currently seven CABN’s available in SA: Elsie (Marananga), Chloe (Marananga), Jude (Kuitpo), Mila (McLaren Flat), Matilda (Kuitpo), Georgia (Kuitpo), and Bella (McLaren Flat). There are also two “mystery nature escapes” coming to the Clare Valley.

Find the various CABN options on the Cabn website.

Eco Tent Retreat at Flinders Ranges

Hidden away in a quiet and untouched corner of the Flinders Ranges, the bush retreat eco tent offers a luxurious glamping experience. The unique eco tent offers a way to camp in comfort, with scenic views and an abundance of native wildlife. The perfect outback getaway!

Location: Willow Waters Gorge, 21km East of Hawker.

Find the Flinders Bush Retreats website here.

South Australia continues to offer unique and exiting travel opportunities. If you’re interesting in exploring more of this wonderful state, check out five Airbnb destinations you have to visit.

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