Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, Kangaroo Island Hotel, hosted Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Setting the standard; looking to the future:
For information about our Sustainability and Healthy living practices please look at the
Education and Sustainability tab or visit our other websites:
www.livinggreener.com.au and www.success-all.com/welford
The only accommodation in South Australia with Green Globe benchmarking
and Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation
A Holiday with Peace of Mind.
When you stay with us you are treading lightly on the environment.
The Eco Tourism Experience
Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
Awards & Accreditation
“Thankyou so much David & Pat. Having designed and built a passive solar house we were amazed at the retreats efficiency. Really, really enjoyed the entire stay and Kangaroo Island.”
J & F. San Francisco. California. USA.
Features of the eco accredited retreat include:
- Passive energy design
- Reduced allergy
- Separate waste system
- Wind and solar powered energy system
- Organic orchard & vegetable garden
The retreat has no physical attachment to the outside world unless initiated. The telephone is a radio transmitter and receiver, the electricity, water, waste and seasonal fruit and vegetables are all onsite. However the retreat does have the comforts of the 21st century so you can choose to be in seclusion from the 21st century or enjoy a bit of both, your choice!
Built on a waffle pod concrete raft, the Retreat features rammed earth and stone walls with most of the stone collected from the property's track. With appropriate roof overhang and lots of window area on the northern side, the result is a house that is warm in winter and cool in summer. These features help to reduce allergy problems combined with passive termite protection (using no chemicals) and a built in vacuum system exhausting to the outside, along with coloured concrete floors with rugs.
The combined energy sources of wind generator(2.5 Kw) and 16 solar panels supply 240 volt AC, enough to power the usual appliances found in a home.
The Septreat Waste System has an output water quality that allows us to use it safely in the orchard. The orchard has a number of fruit and nut trees, vines, the vegetable garden and our family of ducks. We use local produce and services from kangaroo Island wherever possible to help our local community be sustainable.
What is the Eco Certification Program?
The Eco Certification Program devised by Ecotourism Australia is a world first. It has been developed by industry for industry, addressing the need to identify genuine ecotourism and nature tourism operators in Australia. The Eco Certification Program is now being exported to the rest of the world as the International Ecotourism Standard. Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat was awarded Advanced Accreditation under the internationally acclaimed Nature and Ecotourism Accreditation Program (NEAP) in November 2003. The NEAP accreditation logo identifies Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat as having achieved best practice in vital areas including natural area focus, environmental sustainability, education and interpretation, working with local communities, cultural history and sensitivity, customer satisfaction and responsible marketing.
Other great places to visit in South Australia which have eco accreditation:
- Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
- Flinders Ranges Discovery Tours at Rawnsley Park Station
- Naracoorte Caves National Park
- Saunders Gorge Sanctuary
- Spirit Australia Cruises
Other great places to visit in the rest of Australia:
- Daintree Cape Tribulation Heritage Lodge is an Australian rainforest spa resort offering luxury boutique cabins for that perfect getaway or retreat.
- Oz Adventure Sailing offers you the opportunity to explore both above and below the protected tropical waters of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
- Riverview Rise Retreats Boutique five Star Luxury accommodation for Romantic Getaways, Special Occasions and anniversaries. On the River Murray at Mannum.