Emerald Valley Villa
Eco-friendly place to stay
Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard, four large bedrooms with their own lavish bathrooms, large entertaining area, and 35 hectares of mini-botanic gardens and rainforest to wander through. They will even bring in masseurs and chefs if you wish. The place was created by Michael Robison, founder of environmental organisation The Emerald Planet Trust, and also founder of the carbon-offset company Climate Friendly. The site uses only green power, is 100 per cent carbon neutral, has solar hot water, is water self-sufficient, has an organic vegetable garden, preserves rainforest, and the bulk of the furniture is made from recycled timber. It is not a place for the light of wallet.
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