Aquila Eco Lodges

Nature Escape

Aquila Eco Lodges

Nature Retreats

FEATURES
With a contemporary, award winning design, the four lodges feature ‘day beds’ with oversized cushions set against huge picture windows, red gum floors, scenic patios with gas BBQs and fully equipped kitchens. ​

  • Stringy Bark Lofthouse is a perfect retreat for families or a group of friends.
    Ideally sleeps 4 people, (up to 5)
    Beds can be arranged in 2 queen beds + 1 single or 1 queen and 3 single beds.
  • Smoke Bush Lofthouse
    A perfect retreat for two couples
    Sleeps 4 guests, (up to 5)
    2 bedrooms
    Outdoor verandah with BBQ
    wheelchair friendly.
  • Grass Tree Treehouse
    The Grass Tree Treehouse is designed as a retreat for couples.
    Outdoor verandah with BBQ
  • Wild Cherry Treehouse
    The Wild Cherry Treehouse is designed as a retreat for couples.
    1 bedroom
    Outdoor verandah with BBQ
ACTIVITIES
Activities include walking trails, horse riding, visits to local galleries, golf, cycling and restaurants.
THE ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“Accredited by Eco Tourism Australia, Aquila Eco Lodges offer interpretive walking track and a resource library.
We collect our own water, generate power and deal with all waste on site.
Our aim is to run Aquila Eco Lodges in line with principles of sustainable living and with a minimum impact on the environment.

The flora and fauna at Aquila have been surveyed by Trust For Nature, and include many species unique to the Grampians.
In recognition of its quest for continuous improvement Aquila has received business and environmental management awards.

Ecological features
All infrastructure is underground to minimize visual impact.
Solar power reduces green house gas emissions, avoids power poles and negates the need for extensive excavations.
Rain water collection, storage and distribution.
Wiring infrastructure on the property will not emit noxious gasses in the event of fire.
Composting worm-based waste management.
Scheduled water testing to ensure return of nutrients to the environment by the composting waste management system.
does not cause an adverse impact.
Sandstone pathways in high traffic areas and planting of infertile corn ryegrass in order to minimise erosion.
Revegetation program using indigenous plants.
Identified, catalogued and protected Grampians unique and endangered orchids.
Surveyed flora and fauna.
Energy
Energy has been a huge challenge at Aquila, with no networked energy sources linked to the property.
Low wattage appliances and lighting have been carefully selected, with guests encouraged to conserve power.

The sources of energy are:

Solar energy stored in 48 batteries with a computer controlled base.
A diesel generator for back-up.

Water
All water is collected on site, using the roofs of all buildings. It is safe to drink and delicious.
The total storage capacity is almost 300,000 litres, including 40,000 litres reserved for fire fighting.
We are constantly looking at ways to improve the capacity, storage, and usage of water.

Waste Management
At Aquila, we follow the ‘3 R’ principle of recycling, reusing, and reducing, with less waste, pollution and environmental impact. Our actions include:

Operating a complete composting system for food waste and black and grey water.
It uses worms to break down waste,whilst meeting the highest accommodation and health standards.
Sorting waste on-site, and taking it to the local recycling tip.

Building Design
The building materials have been carefully selected for their sensitivity to the surrounding environment and fire considerations, whilst enhancing an environmentally-responsible living experience.

Local Where possible, local suppliers from within the Grampians have been used to supply various products such as red-gum flooring and sandstone paving and brickwork.
Environmentally-friendly features include:

Insulation
Fire resistant building materials
PVC free cabling
Flushing compost toilet system
Glazing
Slow combustion wood heaters
Evaporative cooling
Solar power generation
Passive heating and cooling architectural design
Energy efficient lighting
Non-toxic paint and natural oil finishes

Aquila Eco Lodges

What we love…

These stunning lodges are thoughtfully placed in a bush environment to create uniquely peaceful atmosphere that allows for a full relaxation of body and mind.


 

Tell me more.

For those interested in Australian native animals you will find a plethora of birds to watch, kangaroos and wallabies basking in the Sun, joeys frolic in the grass and in summer echidnas and lizards meandering on the walking tracks with an emu here and there hiding behind a grass tree.


 

Get the Facts 

Where is it?  Dunkeld near Ballarat, Victoria

What?  Nature Retreat

Styles of Accommodation?  Self contained eco lodges

Who?  Ideal for couples and families

Accessible?  Please enquire 

How much?   Check latest rates and availability here


 

Sounding Good?  Read on…

Aquila Eco Lodges is a nature retreat set amongst gorgeous natural surroundings of the Grampians National Park. It comprises of four self-contained multi-storey lodges and offers a perfect location for weekend retreats, romantic escapes and exploration of the native environment. Lodges can sleep either two or four guests.

Located on the slope of towering Mount Abrupt, near the township of Dunkeld, that is well known for its art and dining attractions. The Lofthouses and Treehouses are set in their own secluded area, surrounded by dense bushland and wildlife.

With a contemporary, award winning design, the four lodges feature ‘day beds’ with oversized cushions set against huge picture windows, red gum floors, scenic patios with gas BBQs and fully equipped kitchens. They offer a perfect location for weekend retreats, romantic getaways and exploring the native environment.

Aquila Eco Lodges offers two types of lodges:
Single bedroom Treehouses
Two bedroom Lofthouses.

Address: Victoria Valley Rd, Dunkeld VIC

 

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FEATURES
With a contemporary, award winning design, the four lodges feature ‘day beds’ with oversized cushions set against huge picture windows, red gum floors, scenic patios with gas BBQs and fully equipped kitchens. ​

Stringy Bark Lofthouse is a perfect retreat for families or a group of friends.
Ideally sleeps 4 people, (up to 5)
Beds can be arranged in 2 queen beds + 1 single or 1 queen and 3 single beds.
Smoke Bush Lofthouse
A perfect retreat for two couples
Sleeps 4 guests, (up to 5)
2 bedrooms
Outdoor verandah with BBQ
wheelchair friendly.
Grass Tree Treehouse
The Grass Tree Treehouse is designed as a retreat for couples.
Outdoor verandah with BBQ
Wild Cherry Treehouse
The Wild Cherry Treehouse is designed as a retreat for couples.
1 bedroom
Outdoor verandah with BBQ

ACTIVITIES
Activities include walking trails, horse riding, visits to local galleries, golf, cycling and restaurants.
ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“Accredited by Eco Tourism Australia, Aquila Eco Lodges offer interpretive walking track and a resource library.
We collect our own water, generate power and deal with all waste on site.
Our aim is to run Aquila Eco Lodges in line with principles of sustainable living and with a minimum impact on the environment.

The flora and fauna at Aquila have been surveyed by Trust For Nature, and include many species unique to the Grampians.
In recognition of its quest for continuous improvement Aquila has received business and environmental management awards.”

 

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