About Green Getaways Australia

 

Green Getaways offers a unique collection of accommodation and responsible travel experiences in Australia.

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 responsible tourism as the key criteria.

By publishing the environmental actions in detail of each listing, rather than just a few icons, Green Getaways makes sure that every property on our site actually qualifies as a property that is working towards sustainability practices. You, as our guest, can read exactly what they are.

Green Getaways’ carefully curated collection of accommodation is not exclusive to one particular type of stay or budget. The selection encompasses 5 star hotels, motels, budget farm stays, tiny houses, treehouses, glamping, pods, farm stays, backpacker stays, cottages, luxe stays – even tipees and yurts.

Our Values

SUSTAINABILITY
Properties listed on GREEN GETAWAYS AUSTRALIA are taking steps towards making tourism accommodation more sustainable, whether water or energy conservation, recycling, or reducing the consumption of natural resources through bulk amenities and careful cleaning practices.

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

Many of the properties listed on this site 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.

RESPONSIBILITY
We support responsible travel by promoting accommodation which provides facilities which enable travellers to minimize energy use, conserve water, recycle and reduce waste.

SOCIAL VALUES
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.

TRANSPARENCY
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 – there is no denying this fact. We don’t accept listings from properties unless they meet our basic criteria and are able to publicly display their environmental initiatives, enabling travellers to judge for themselves. On this website, each property has an individualised list of their initiatives publicly displayed on their listing page.

We do our best to maintain the accuracy of the information displayed on this site, but please let us know if there is an environmental issue with any of the properties listed.

At the time of writing, Green Getaways is the only website worldwide where every accommodation property is able to publicly display their unique environmental initiatives.

From our Founder

Founder of Green Getaways, Amanda Lambert, believes tourism, when managed properly, can be a force for good: by preserving cultures, sharing diverse ways of living, educating travellers about the natural environment while providing prosperity, peace and security for local communities.

Having built and managed her own accommodation business in the Hunter Valley – one of the first to achieve eco-certification in the area – Amanda understands the challenges of running an accommodation business and the positive impact that environmental initiatives can make.

Amanda Lambert began working on a directory of accommodation in Australia over 10 years ago.

She says: “I wanted to travel and stay in accommodation that had the same values as me, but there was nowhere to find them. At that time, eco-friendly accommodation wasn’t easy to find, apart from the nature based ecotourism properties certified with Ecotourism Australia.”

The directory started with only about 20 listings, from the trail blazing sustainable Alto Hotel in Melbourne to Paperbark Camp, the first glamping property in Australia and one of the first to achieve eco-certification. Now Green Getaways lists about 250 responsible accommodation options in Australia.

“Since the time that Green Getaways first started, I have been delighted to see the rise in the number of accommodation properties throughout Australia working towards sustainability in their operations”, says Amanda.

“I like to think that Green Getaways has been part of that change. We have promoted and supported responsible tourism, even when it wasn’t a ‘thing’. Now a focus on sustainable travel is everywhere – whether it is called slow travel, conscious travel or regenerative tourism. Personally, I don’t care what it is called – we just need people doing good things, rather than trashing this amazing world via tourism. We face uncertain times and the possibility that we may not be able to travel in the future, as we have in the past, is now more real as we deal with climate change.”

Amanda’s commitment to sustainability is important in every aspect of her own daily life, including a fully solar powered home, office and transport.

Amanda Lambert

Amanda Lambert

Founder of Green Getaways

Green Getaways is a great resource for narrowing down the selection of a sustainable hotel, featuring Australian hotels making a genuine effort to minimise their environmental impact”.

From “The Essential Guide to Sustainable Travel”, Aug 22, 2019

Briana Sampson

Writer, ThisWeekend.com.au

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

Ecotourism girl

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 responsible tourism as the key criteria.

“…Tourism needn’t be a bad thing. It can also be a force for good, preserving cultures and the environment while providing prosperity, peace and security for local communities… You can find a nice eco roof through specialist booking sites such as Green Getaways“.

From “Top 5 Tips for Sustainable Travel, Feb 22, 2019

Simon Webster

Journalist, Traveller.com.au

“Other stylish lodges, several of which are self-catering, are located in rainforests and national parks; the more expensive will have spas and top-notch eateries. See Green Getaways to find many of them”.

From “The Best Places to Stay in Australia”, smartertravel.com, Mar 4, 2020

Caroline Gladstone and Sarah Schlichter

Writers, Smarter Travel

“One of the best things about this site, Green Getaways, is it’s not exclusive to one particular type of stay or budget; they’ve got farm stays, backpacker, treehouses, tiny houses, cottages, luxe stays, glamping, you name it. “.

From “The Best Airbnb Alternatives for Booking Your Next Trip”, monsterchildren.com, Feb 26, 2021

Monique Penning

Writer, Monster Children

Green Getaways is a great resource for narrowing down the selection of a sustainable hotel, featuring Australian hotels making a genuine effort to minimise their environmental impact”.

From “The Essential Guide to Sustainable Travel”, Aug 22, 2019

Briana Sampson

Writer, ThisWeekend.com.au

“To find more clean energy accommodation options, visit Green Getaways. The Clean Energy Council would like to thank Green Getaways for supplying the information about some of the locations profiled.”.

From “Recharge your Batteries with a Clean Energy Getaway”, May 23, 2018

Clean Energy Council

Clean Energy Council

“..But she wanted to do more… And so in 2014, the accommodation directory Green Getaways was born”.

From “Sustainability Changemakers”, news.com.au, Feb 2, 2022

Emma Levett

Writer, News.com.au