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Busselton accommodation achieves eco certification and net zero carbon status

Rachel GreenBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton boutique holiday accommodation Tree Chalets has just achieved eco certification for nature tourism.
Camera IconBusselton boutique holiday accommodation Tree Chalets has just achieved eco certification for nature tourism. Credit: Supplied

Multi-award-winning Busselton boutique holiday accommodation Tree Chalets has just achieved eco certification for nature tourism, from Eco Tourism Australia.

Owners Fran and Andrew Robinson said they believed Tree Chalets may be Australia’s only holiday accommodation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by their own means, rather than through purchasing carbon offsets.

“We like to think of ourselves as ‘self-sufficient net zero carbon emissions’ as we have achieved carbon offsetting by our own means,” Ms Robinson said.

“We began with 6000 trees and each year we’ve thinned them out and hand-pruned to achieve their now distinctive look, allowing dappled light through the 25m canopy and statuesque white trunks of the now-1000 trees, and creating a breathtaking vista for chalet guests.”

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Ms Robinson said the most important outcome was the estimated 26 tonnes of carbon dioxide stored by the gum trees.

“The internal fit-out of our chalets was carefully planned to minimise our carbon footprint — from refillable soap dispensers to LED light fittings, using renewable timber from our property for flooring, fittings and firewood and no single-use plastics,” she said.

Being sustainable and ecofriendly doesn’t mean lacking luxuries.

The owners work together with local businesses to amplify the luxury experience, providing masseurs, local produce hampers and much more.

“We aim to balance luxury with sustainability,” Ms Robinson said.

“Guests love the tranquility and connection with nature — whether it be a bubble bath in the claw-foot tub on the back deck overlooking bushland, or curling up by the fire with a bottle of red while enjoying a gourmet platter overlooking the rose gums.”

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