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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
eco tourism 38 UNIQUE ECOSYSTEMS Australian eco resorts offer a diversity of environments. Above top: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island. Above Centre: Dain- tree Eco Lodge. Above: Bamurru, Northern Territory. El Questro combines romance and a classic outback experience. Buffalo graze on the plains at Bamurru. eco-friendly safari-style cabins to accommodate smaller budgets. ECO CREDENTIALS El Questro Wilderness Park uses an environmental plan to ensure minimal disturbance to the environment. e seasonal property also gets ve months o per year to recoup and regenerate. "Great importance has been placed on ensuring the natural environment is protected and nurtured to allow future generations to enjoy it for years to come. It is one of the last true frontiers," Henry says. www.elquestrohomestead.com.au BAMURRU PLAINS NORTHERN TERRITORY LOCATION Just a cast of a shing line away from the Arafura Sea, Bamurru is located west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River oodplains, about three hours drive from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin. WHY GO? While sherman are drawn here for the barramundi, this working bu alo farm is home to over 230 types of birds as well as crocodiles, dingoes, wallabies and a host of other ora and fauna. One major drawcard is the chance to take the exhilarating airboat ride along the wetlands, where you can experience the beauty of the unique ecosystem rst hand. Each suite is raised above the oodplains and exposed to the sights and sounds of the bush with no distracting telephones or televisions. ECO CREDENTIALS e accommodation at Bamurru is respectful of its surrounds. e rooms are intimate, luxurious and environmentally friendly. Owner Charles Carlow says that for every night a guest stays at Bamurru, AU$10 is donated to the Australian Wildlife Conser vancy. Over 120 solar panels provide 75 percent of power, the linen is made from organic co on, and even the guest torches are rechargeable. www.bamurruplains.com EL QUESTRO HOMESTEAD LOCATION El Questro is situated on a magni cent 400,000 hectare wilderness park in Western Australia's Kimberley region. e remote homestead sits above the Chamberlain Gorge, with a spectacular view of the rugged and unspoilt terrain below. WHY GO? El Questro o ers luxury in an incredible se ing. If you're a er an outdoor experience you can explore the escarpments of the ancient Chamberlain Gorge by boat, travel by helicopter to remote waterholes, or relax in the thermal Zebedee Springs. e homestead also has a pool and tennis court, and provides romantic dinner se ings on request. "Guests can dine on a private cli top, take a gourmet picnic to a pristine rock pool, or share a bo le of champagne by a cascading waterfall," says general manager David Henry. To add to the homestead's exclusive feel, there are only six rooms, available for just seven months of the year, from April through to October. e homestead also has campsites or