Eco retreat to offer glamping and lessons in living green
GLAMPING, renewable energy and a wildlife rehabilitation centre are all on the cards for a new eco-retreat set to be built just a stone’s throw from Airlie Beach.
A development application for Serenity Eco Retreat was put on public notification by Whitsunday Regional Council this week.
The retreat has been earmarked for a residential property on Tucker Rd in Riordanvale and will include eight eco tents with bathroom pods, two eco cabins and an eco-sustainable dwelling to be used as the caretaker’s residence.
The tents themselves have been designed to measure 18sq m and are completely self-sufficient with their own water tanks, wind turbine and solar power.
In keeping with its green theme, the retreat also includes a small-scale organic vegetable garden, fruit orchard, plant nursery and chicken coop.
The plans were submitted to the council in July, however there were several conditions the applicants had to explain before it could be put to the public.
Among these was more information on a waterfall feature, tagged by the applicants as the ‘Creek of Dreams’.
The seasonal waterfall would flow during heavy downpours and yoga sessions will be run next to the water.
The retreat will also place a heavy focus on educating guests through bushwalking and “bush tucker tours”.
There will be guided tours during the day and at night and information from wildlife watching tours will be shared with several universities and parks and wildlife services.
Day tours will involve discussions about the history of the area along with the flora and fauna restoration and rehabilitation processes harnessed at the retreat.
Guests will be encouraged to collect their own vegetables from the property’s gardens in a bid to demonstrate the importance of creating a healthy eating lifestyle.
Hands on native planting, potting seedling sessions, discussions around energy efficiency permaculture lessons and workshops will also be on the agenda.
The retreat will be built in stages with the machinery shed, vegetable garden, fruit orchid, plant nursery and chicken coup set to be built first.
The solar and wind turbines will then be built before four eco tents, the caretaker’s residence, water tanks and solar and wind turbines are built.
Details on the application can be found here.