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Karijini Eco Retreat

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Unique, eco-friendly retreat located in the outback of Western Australia

As well as having the accolade of only accommodation in the Karijini National Park, the Karijini Eco Retreat also has to be one of the most unique accommodation providers out there.

Visitors to the National Park in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia will not find a 5-star luxury resort with all the trimmings here. Instead, they will come across a number of eco-tents, enclosures which house visitors in the same way a hotel room would, only more ecologically friendly.

Treading the ground between hotel room and hikers tent, these eco-tents are semi-permanent structures designed to have minimal impact on the environment around them. Guests may be surprised to find they come equipped with a stylish king size bed or two singles, as well as an en-suite bathroom. Theres no need to head out into the wilderness when nature calls here.

Each tent is finished with a front and rear deck, perfect for sitting back on and watching the natural world pass by. There is minimal power available, but certainly enough to charge a camera, cell phone, or MP3 player. A rechargeable lantern is also featured for those treks into the dark. Other features include natural ventilation, recycled toilet paper, reusable hot water bottle, and natural toiletries.

Of course, its not compulsory to stay in an eco-tent. The retreat also features plots for those with their own camping gear to set-up stall.

The Karijini Eco Retreat doesnt leave guests to go hungry either, but guests shouldnt expect a luxurious bistro restaurant. Instead, alfresco dining is on the menu with dishes being cooked on the barbecue. Guests can cook for themselves or pick something from the kitchen menu. For the sweet-toothed, theres even a desert menu. Theres also a fully licensed bar meaning that a cold glass of refreshment is at your fingertips.

The retreat also houses a kiosk where guests can stock-up on the essentials, as well ablution block containing hot showers and toilets for those roughing it.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of visitors to the region are looking to enjoy the National Park and all the sights that go along with it. Perhaps the best way to maximise seeing as much as possible is to head out on a guided tour, which can be booked at the retreat directly. Tours take in many of the geological anomalies of the region as well as the diverse flora and fauna on offer.

Visitors to the park can expect to see plenty of gorges, waterholes and waterfalls as they venture across rough sun-worn grounds. Amongst the wildlife that can be seen in the area are red kangaroos, geckos, goannas, and bats. A variety of birds and snakes are also resident.

After a long trek across the outback youll be glad for your eco-tent at the Karijini Eco Retreat, particularly its soft bed. Before you head to be though, be sure to grab a drink and look up at the night sky. This far away from civilization, youll find that the view is truly stunning.

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