When you and your spouse-to-be are going over ideas for honeymoon destinations, you can plan an environmental honeymoon in Australia. This large and gorgeous country completely surrounded by water in the Pacific has the famous Great Barrier Reefand a variety of different habitats including mountains, jungles, forests, deserts and more.
It is exciting to realize that you can enjoy an unusual and delightful stay in a resort that is dedicated to incorporating the environment into the location and doing various projects to be kind to the surroundings.
An Eco-Resort is a lodge, resort, or hotel that caters to a high environmental standard, offers an adventurous and educational stay, and still gives their guests luxury amenities.
These resorts also use alternative measures in a protective and efficient manner such as using solar power, energy efficient light bulbs, cleaning products that are environmentally responsible, local produce for their restaurants, energy-efficient appliances, biodegradable products, and more.
Near Cairns in North Queensland, in this remote lodge, each of the 17 natural timber rooms offers a view of the surrounding rainforests.
The lodge earns its excellent eco-friendly reputation by using solar energy to run the phone system and heat the swimming pool, by
using recycled materials and products, and by outfitting their vessels with low emission four stroke outboards.
Silky Oaks Lodge
Imagine a tree house accommodation on the Mossman Gorge River!
Each room has a marble bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and a private balcony that overlooks the Daintree National Park. Also on site is a tree house restaurant and a spa. Their rates include guided rainforest walks and mountain bikes.
Daintree Eco Lodge
In Queensland and boasting as being the “most pampering Ecolodge in the world”, there are only 15 “tree-house style” bayans. Immersed in an amazing rainforest experience, and with an exceptional spa, this lodge also offers cuisine with a native twist and activities like rainforest walks, adventure tours, and jungle surfing.
Before you get to your honeymoon, there are interesting “green” ways to incorporate being environmentally friendly into your wedding itself.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION – Get married outdoors in the daytime to save on electricity. Choose from a botanical garden, terrace, beach, meadow, forest, hilltop, or similar location. By holding both events in the same place, no one will have to travel, and that cuts back on fuel emissions.
FLOWERS – Don’t use fancy blooms that have to be shipped in. Instead, use seasonal flowers right from your own area that are VeriFlora-certified, meaning they aren't drenched in chemicals. You can also use potted plants or blooms as your centerpieces so they can be taken home and replanted.
CATERING – Use a caterer who specializes in locally grown food and in-season produce that is fresher and comes from a short distance. The wedding cake can also be baked with local milk and eggs. Don’t serve out-of-season vegetables and fruits such as summer eggplant or zucchini at a winter wedding or winter squash like butternut or acorn at a summer wedding.
FAVORS – Why give parting gifts that don’t biodegrade? Be different and give edible gifts such as organic chocolate bars or jars of homemade jam or fresh honey from a nearby orchard. Put seeds in a pretty packet so your guests can later grow their own fruits, vegetables or flowers.