The concept of sustainable travel is a young one, born from a renewed respect for the ecologically fragile world we all call home. If you’re an explorer looking to travel more thoughtfully across Victoria, consider embracing slow travel. A considered approach to planning getaways, experiences and accommodation isn’t just good for the planet, after all — it’s an opportunity to move with intention and engage deeply with the places and lands you are visiting.


Whether you’re travelling somewhere new in regional Victoria or heading to your annual vacation stomping grounds, there are plenty of ways to embrace sustainable travel.  

1. Stay longer and travel deeper

Minimising your carbon footprint and choosing somewhere in your backyard is one of the greenest forms of travel. Discover the delightful diversity and natural beauty of regional Victoria, from the stunning coastal scenery of Wilsons Promontory to the vast mountainous lands in High Country. While slow travel is about more than speed, spending plenty of time in one region instead of rushing through destinations is a thoughtful first step.


2. Choose eco-friendly accommodation

Victoria’s got a soft spot for sustainably-minded tiny houses, with the best operators utilising a combination of rain water and solar power to reduce their carbon footprint. But if you’re looking to vacation away with a little more space, eco-friendly nature stays, farm retreats and glamping pods all abound across regional Victoria. Look for accommodation which takes steps to leave less of an impact on the planet, whether you’re looking to book a night at a luxury resort or secluded cabin immersed in nature.  


3. Support First Nations communities

Listen, learn and give back to the Traditional Custodians of the land the next time you book a regional Victorian getaway. Respect can start before you set foot on Country too, if you’re able to dedicate time to learning about the Traditional Owners of the lands and significant places you’re planning to visit. Booking a tour with a First Nations-owned or operated business, supporting Indigenous creators and attending a Welcome to Country are all sincere ways you can honour the Traditional Owners of the land.  


4. Consider the places that need your support the most

Embrace the charm of lesser-known destinations, or regions that need a little extra love in off-season. Along with contributing to communities in need of a boost, there’s the added bonus of swapping city crowds in favour of a more relaxing getaway.

5. Seek out local experiences

By prioritising programs, activities and tours that are locally-owned and operated, you’ll be making sure your tourism dollars are injected back into the community. If you can, consider companies that promote zero waste or carbon-neutral experiences. Eco-certified tours across Australia are a great way to engage businesses that are committed to sustainable practices, with certification backed by Ecotourism Australia. Slow doesn’t have to mean boring either, with eco-certified platypus paddles, nature tours and snorkelling with dolphin experiences throughout Victoria.


6. Incorporate your everyday sustainable habits

Remember to pack the sustainable micro-habits you use in your everyday life when you go on vacation. Switching off lights, minimising air-con use, recycling and looking for plastic-free options are all ways you can build a more planet-friendly lifestyle while travelling. Looking to bring a reusable bottle on your journey, as well as prioritising locally-sourced or region-led produce are two other excellent ways of embodying a more deliberate approach to slow travel.


7. Reconnect with nature

Trips with nature at the forefront are inherently more sustainable, as long as you leave nature as you found it. Victoria is filled with an incredible bounty of natural treasures, from hidden waterfalls to sand dunes, and lush green rainforests to stretches of sandy beaches. When you're deciding how to get to your hike, tour or swimming spot, consider using an electric car, carsharing or taking public transport and bikes where possible.  


8. Shop vintage and local

If you’re looking for distinctive gifts to bring home with you after your trip, shop local. By selecting souvenirs and one-of-a-kind wares from local creatives and First Nations-led artists, you’ll be eschewing fast fashion in favour of quality, sustainable fabrics.


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