Eco-tourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
The retreat has no physical attachment to the outside world unless initiated. The telephone is a radio transmitter and receiver, and the electricity, water, waste and seasonal fruit and vegetables are all
on-site. 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 over-hang 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.
Our upgraded ( Dec 2016 ) solar panels system rated at 3.12 kW, supplies enough power to operate the usual 240 volt AC appliances found in a home. Our daily power use varies between 4 kW to about 8 kW.
The orchard has a number of fruit and nut trees, vines, the vegetable garden and four chickens. We use local produce and services from Kangaroo Island wherever possible to help our local community be sustainable. The Septreat Waste System has an output water quality that allows us to use it safely in the orchard.
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 eco-tourism 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.
CHECKING IN & OUT
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am
This Property Standard rate is $100
GETTING THERE AND DISTANCES
ECO Retreat is 210 kms from Adelaide