Eco-friendly places to stay on Australia's East Coast
By Emma Gregg, author of The Rough Guide to East Coast Australia

In the main, Australia’s hoteliers seem slow to pick up on the interest in all things eco-friendly, but the places that genuinely deserve the term “eco-retreat” – not only for their location but also for their outlook and practices - are well worth seeking out.

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Among the best are:

The Sanctuary, Mission Beach
A wonderfully stripped-down lodge set in coastal rainforest, with inspirational views.

Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort and Lizard Island Resort
Luxury hideaways run on sound ecological principles.

The Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, Montague Island
Here, guests can play an active role in ongoing nature conservation work.

Other excellent options include:

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Lamington National Park

Broken River Mountain Resort, Eungella NP

Hinchinbrook Wilderness Retreat, Hinchinbrook Island

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

Mount Quincan Crater Retreat, Atherton Tablelands

Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Atherton Tablelands

Worrowing, Jervis Bay

Finally, don't overlook the region’s many national park campsites - highly eco-friendly and unbeatably good value.

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