Posted by: sarz88 | September 23, 2009

Victorian Tourism

If environmentally friendly accommodation interests you more check out the Victorian Governments ‘Environmentally Sustainable Tourism Strategic Plan’ at www.tourism.vic.gov.au

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Posted by: sarz88 | September 23, 2009

YHA Backpackers

YHA BACKPACKERS

Grampians YHA

Grampians YHA

The Grampians YHA Eco Hostel in Halls Gap is a stylish, comfortable eco-hostel in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Surrounded by incredible bush land and animals and at the same time you know your not harming the environment around you. The hostel is simple but offers all the required facilities with large communal kitchen and bathrooms and dorm rooms which can accommodate from 2 -4 people. The hostel location offers many adventurous activities such as rock climbing and abseiling the famous Pinnacles, or if thats not for you, you can stay on solid ground at the lookout at the top. Or for something more relaxing you can visit the amazing Grampian’s wineries or relax by the hostels fireplace. 
There is something for everyone!
YHA Australia is a nation wide travel company which is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and raising awareness of the benefits of low impact travel. A stylish and friendly eco-hostel, the Grampian’s YHA hostel is powered by solar electricity and solar hot water, rain water collection, recycled greywater and waste recycling to reduce their impact on the environment. It was architecturally designed to be environmentally sustainable. It features a herb garden, chickens providing free range eggs, and vegetables and fruit are supplied for the use of guests. It was built with environmentally friendly materials including rammed earth, stone, reverse brick veneer and corrugated iron clad walls. 
To reduce heat loss in winter, glass in the southern walls has been kept to a minimum, and fitted drapes have been installed to reduce night-time heat loss through windows. As well as
solar electricity tiles being installed on the roof. The heat generated in the roof space beneath them can be used to heat the building in winter
Grampians YHA Eco Hostel in Halls Gap is a stylish, comfortable eco-hostel in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Surrounded by incredible bush land and animals and at the same time you know your not harming the environment around you. The hostel is simple but offers all the required facilities with large communal kitchen and bathrooms and dorm rooms which can accommodate from 2 -4 people. The hostel location offers many adventurous activities such as rock climbing and abseiling the famous Pinnacles, or if thats not for you, you can stay on solid ground at the lookout at the top. Or for something more relaxing you can visit the amazing Grampian’s wineries or relax by the hostels fireplace. 
There is something for everyone!
YHA Australia is a nation wide travel company which is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and raising awareness of the benefits of low impact travel. A stylish and friendly eco-hostel, the Grampian’s YHA hostel is powered by solar electricity and solar hot water, rain water collection, recycled greywater and waste recycling to reduce their impact on the environment. It was architecturally designed to be environmentally sustainable. It features a herb garden, chickens providing free range eggs, and vegetables and fruit are supplied for the use of guests. It was built with environmentally friendly materials including rammed earth, stone, reverse brick veneer and corrugated iron clad walls. 
To reduce heat loss in winter, glass in the southern walls has been kept to a minimum, and fitted drapes have been installed to reduce night-time heat loss through windows. As well as
solar electricity tiles being installed on the roof. The heat generated in the roof space beneath them can be used to heat the building in winter.
There are several green YHA hostels in the Australian network. In Victoria others are located in  Apollo Bay and the Melbourne CBD. Not only does YHA operate in Australia but it is world wide offering environmentally friendly accommodation for people all over the globe.
YHA lounge area
YHA lounge area
Posted by: sarz88 | September 7, 2009

Cadell on the Murray

 

Port of Echuca

Port of Echuca

A sunny Sunday afternoon, relaxing by the Murray river on a sun lounge with a wine and some cheese and biscuits. It doesn’t get much better than this! And there is no better place than the Cadell on the Murray to do so. The one and two bedroom units all open up to a large grassed area by the side of the Murray River. Outdoor decks and BBQ areas are provided so you wont have to move all day from the lovely bush surroundings watching the many boats go by. Their own private jetty means you can drop in a line to do some fishing or hire a boat of your own. If you do have your own boat or jet ski (which I brought mine along) your able to bring it right up to the shore at Cadell and jet off when ever you like. For accommodation facilities right on the river with boat access like this it is fantastic and you will find it hard to find anything better in Echuca. The Murray River in Echuca is very popular for boats from olden style paddle steamers to speed boats and house boats. There are many river cruises which include dinner and a music whilst travelling down the river at sun set which is amazing and i strongly recommend. If the river is not your cup of tea you can take a dip in the solar heated pool or even have a hit of tennis. The motel is only a short stroll from local wineries, Echuca/Moama’s main golf coarse and entertainment club and the shopping district. Although at Cadell you have everything provided for you from kitchenette to laundry facilities that you don’t need to leave the motel the whole  time your there. I still recommend a stroll down the old Port of Echuca, their main tourist attraction which will take you back in time.

Echuca at sunset

Echuca at sunset

Posted by: sarz88 | August 25, 2009

A home away from home

Ever since i can remember my Christmas holidays have been spent in Yarrawonga, the small country town on the Murry River.  I know the place that well now that I can notice when there is a new shop in town or new traffic lights have been errected. My family owns a caravan in the Lakeside Caravan park which is currently being renovated to become more of a resort than a caravan park. A new recreation room and lagoon style pool are being put in to go along side the massive jumping pillow (so much fun). Summer times are crazy in Yarra with the lake full of jet ski’s and boats so when I went up there last weekend to relax I had the best time. Although it was a little cold the town is empty just the true locals (like myself). I enjoyed lazily walking along the street checking out the surf shop and gift shops before having lunch in the best bakery in town. The piece and quite was amazing and sitting by the lake was a great way to clear my head. The calmness of a country town compared to the  hustle and bustle of the city is definitely how i love to spend my weekends during winter

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