Ecotourism and sustainable tourism are important to us. This is what makes Green Getaways Australia different from other accommodation booking sites.

Our commitment to sustainability is who we are, what we do, and how we do it. And we support accommodation providers that think the same way and who genuinely aim to lessen their social and environmental impact.

But let’s face it, no-one wants to be lectured about ecotourism when planning a holiday.

So by browsing through the Green Getaways website, you can now just get on with it and enjoy choosing from our curated selection of eco resorts, eco lodges and green hotels. The best of ecotourism in Australia at your fingertips.

Information and Criteria for Property Listing on Green Getaways

Every enquiry and booking through GREEN GETAWAYS shows your support for ecotourism in Australia and the environmental initiatives that the accommodation has undertaken.

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Our aim is not to make profits, but to promote and encourage ecotourism and sustainable environmental practices in Australian accommodation. Now that’s different!

We’ve done all the hard yards for you, so you can rest easy that any accommodation you select on Green Getaways is making a genuine effort to minimise its environmental impact.

We search out those unique places where we know you would love to stay: all with high standards, passionate owners and of course, respect for the environment and ecotourism as the key criteria.


Green Getaways operates observing four core principles.

The principles are based on the pillars of sustainability and are designed to ensure that our business acts in an ethical and responsible manner.





Properties on GREEN GETAWAYS AUSTRALIA  are all taking steps to make their accommodation more sustainable, whether water or energy conservation, recycling, or reducing the consumption of natural resources through bulk amenities and eco friendly cleaning.

This means less waste of the world’s precious resources for you and future generations, as well as cost savings which can be passed on to you.

Many of the properties listed are situated in vulnerable areas. We support their efforts to undertake environmental management plans and minimize their impact, while contributing as positively as they can to rehabilitation and landcare programs.



We support responsible travel by promoting accommodation which provides facilities which enable you, as a responsible traveller, to minimize your own energy use, conserve water, recycle,and reduce waste.



We believe that all of us have an ethical responsibility to treat all guests and staff, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation with dignity, with fair wages and respect for worker’s rights. We also prefer to list properties on our site which have full council or government approval for any development, have full insurance and pay appropriate taxes to the Australian Government.



We do our very best to encourage the businesses that we deal with to be as open as possible about their environmental claims. We could all do better, but there is nothing worse than a business overstating their credentials. We don’t accept listings from properties unless they meet our basic criteria and are able to publicly display their environmental initiatives, enabling you to judge for yourself. And if you want to know more, each property has an individualised list of their initiatives publicly displayed on their listing page. Just check the green box!

What is Ecotourism


Many people believe that no travel can be eco-friendly considering the vast amount of fuel, carbon and resources involved in transport. This is a valid point. However, it is a fact that people are just not going to stop travelling.

So what to do?

Here at Green Getaways we believe that we can at least start to try to lessen the environmental impact of millions of people travelling throughout Australia and the world.

Any destination will most likely be harmed by tourism if not managed effectively. If areas are damaged or destroyed, they will not be available to future generations. This is where ecotourism and sustainable tourism comes in.

This approach includes:

  • Ensuring that tourism does not exploit the natural environment or local communities.
  • Consultation with local communities on planned developments.
  • Making sure that infrastructure improvements benefit local people and not just tourists.

Nowhere is this clash of the local people against tourists more evident than in the current situation facing Venice and Barcelona.


Sustainability in Tourism


The importance of sustainability in tourism results from a positive overall balance in environmental, experiential, socio-cultural and economic impacts. Experiential impact describes the effect of visitors on each other, while socio-cultural impact refers to the effect of visitors on local residents.

Nowhere is this clash of the local people against tourists more evident than in the current situation facing Venice and Barcelona, where many locals feel that they can no longer live in their own cities due to the impact of tourism.

As a concept, ecotourism has been defined in many ways. A simple definition of ecotourism is “travel to enjoy the world’s amazing diversity of natural life and human culture without causing damage to either.” Tikell (1994)


While we have listed a number of definitions of ecotourism below, the role of Green Getaways is not to produce yet another scholarly article on the definition of ecotourism. 



What we are really interested in is the people who are doing it and who are trying to make a difference. It may not be perfect, but unless the accommodation providers are supported and promoted for the environmental initiatives which do they do put in place, they may wonder, why bother? The environmental policies put into place but such green hotels as the Hotel Hotel in the ACT and the Alto Hotel on Bourke in Melbourne, or the extraordinary work being done by smaller operators should be applauded and supported by every traveller who cares about the future of tourism and the health of the planet.


Definitions of Ecotourism


Some of the other definitions of ecotourism that have become popular in the present times include:

“Nature-based tourism that involves education and interpretation of the natural environment and is managed to be ecologically sustainable.” It recognizes that natural environment includes cultural components, and that ecologically sustainable involves an appropriate return to the local community and long- term conservation of the resource.” The Australian Department of Tourism (1994)

“Travel to remote or natural areas which aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of natural environment and cultural heritage, avoiding damage or deterioration of the environment and the experience for others”. Figgis (1993)

“Responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the well being of local people.” The Ecotourism Society 1991

“Ecologically sustainable tourism in natural areas that interprets local environment and cultures, furthers the tourists’ understanding of them, fosters conservation and adds to the well-being of the local people”. Richardson (1993)

“A responsible nature travel experience that contributes to the conservation of the ecosystem while respecting the integrity of host communities and where possible, ensuring that activities are complementary, or at least compatible, with existing resource-based uses present at the ecosystem.” Boyd and Butler (1993)

Goodwin (1996) says that ecotourism is “low impact nature tourism which contributes to the maintenance of species and habitats either directly through a contribution to conservation and/or indirectly by providing revenue to the local community sufficient for local people, and therefore protect their wildlife heritage area as a source of income. According to UNESCO, ecotourism involves nature-based tourism where the goal of both tourists and the operators is the observation, appreciation and preservation of nature and traditional cultures.”