It’s not easy being green. But the new owners of Bedarra Island had a good crack at it and after two years of extensive renovations, the property has reopened as Australia’s most sustainable island resort – fresher and more beautiful than ever (we must get the name of that surgeon).

The exclusive Great Barrier Reef resort (two hours south of Cairns) has been closed since 2011 after Cyclone Yasi swept through, so the new owners took the opportunity to make sure guests’ well-earned dollars are spent on the greater good.

Eco-warriors will appreciate that diesel consumption has been reduced by 95%; electricity by 80%; that water is now sourced from the natural spring and rainfall; and that the resort is closed during the wet season to reduce consumption even further. The number of villas has also been reduced to house only 14 guests at any one time.

They say less guests equals less impact on the environment; but also more privacy and better service. We say those of us guilty of having an indulgent bone or two in our bods can feel comfortable that our ultra-luxe tourism footprint on Bedarra won’t be anywhere as big as the room rate – a win-win for everybody.

Rates start at $990 per villa and are inclusive of all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and activities such as paddle boarding, tennis, snorkelling and self-guided rainforest tours. Or from $7000 per night you can reserve the entire island, as you do.


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