Australia’s Great Ocean Walk is a newbie in the ‘great hikes of the world’ stakes but it has every appearance of bursting through the rankings soon. A seven-day meander along the stunning “Shipwreck” coast of Victoria, it is an opportunity to experience natural Australia.
Tucked away among the trees of Holaved forest in southern Sweden is a totally off-the-grid eco retreat designed to encourage residents to reconnect with nature. Hand-crafted wooden cabins with grass-covered rooves blend into the natural surroundings. An ‘air castle’ hides within the towering evergreen’s spindly branches, and a wonderful treehouse provides a whimsical treat for solo travellers.
Far below the rim of the Grand Canyon hides a little cluster of rustic cabins dating back to 1922. Accessible only by foot, mule or raft, these cabins, known collectively as Phantom Ranch, provide intrepid explorers with a chance of a truly outside-the-box eco experience. It’s one you’ll never forget.
Boasting some of the best eco lodges in the world, Australia has a range of green getaways to suit all budgets. From exploring rainforests with indigenous Aboriginal people to nursing orphaned joeys at award-winning conservation centres, the land of Dreamtime offers more than just beach babes at Bondi.