established in 2012
Why do we call ourselves Whitsunday Eco Retreat ?
During the design phase the Company aimed for each building to be totally self sufficient, showing that sustainable architecture is possible.
Bearing in mind the impact that the buildings will have during their life cycle, construction, use and ultimate demolishment. The slope of the ground, aiming to minimally affect the natural surrounds and what the impact on the local flora and fauna might be.
The ease with which materials can be recycled, utilising local materials, avoiding varnishes and where possible using low environmental impact construction materials.
Our ethos is to be energy efficient, reduce energy consumption while maintaining services or levels of comfort and quality of life.
Each bungalow has its own rainwater collection system, uses water saving devices, offer good insulation to save energy on heating and cooling, glazing to encourage natural light and utilise low consumption light bulbs.
Thoughtful planting of vegetation, an essential element in bioclimatic design, gardens cool the air and trees offer shade and protection from wind.
Our aim within the coming years is for each bungalow to be off the grid, utilising solar panels, clean electric energy with both passive and active systems.
In 2012, husband and wife team, James and Jenny Thompson found a block of land " with a wow factor of "ten" . The five acres with unparalleled views of Airlie Beach town excited their senses. So, with a small dream to CREATE A LIFESTYLE BUSINESS AND SHARE THis amazing natural seaview environment, arose their dream.
This is James and Jenny's second business endeavour, from 2006 to 2014 they purchased and managed a mechanical services company.
health issues brought about a lifestyle change and so began their new adventure in A fishing and boating paradise.
With the inspiration of a secluded wellness retreat and GETAWAY oasis, they sought and were granted approval for construction of 5 DWELLINGS and during 2015/2016 construction began on the initial caretakers quarters, available for HIRE and SUITABLE FOR families and groups wanting an intimate natural location.
hope to have you visit soon, James and Jenny