Travel around the planet is taking on more sustainability than ever before. With more global awareness of the environment it has never been easier to find experiences around the globe that are green friendly.
While the farm-to-fork concept isn’t new, city-dwellers and urban travellers desire to reconnect with agriculture and food production has led to an increase in urban developers going green. Visitors to Australia can expect to find more urban farms popping up across Australia, along with restaurants and accommodation options offering hands-on experiences to allow guests to get greening.
A new indigenous-designed urban farm offering a series of events, workshops and tours has opened in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Redfern. Created by cultural start-up Yerrabingn, the rooftop farm aims to rehabilitate threatened species including native ingredients, Australian botanicals and medicinal plants.
Visiting guests can learn about Aboriginal cultures, native permaculture, environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing while interacting with the functioning ecosystem. The financially sustainable project will also produce edible native plants that will be available to purchase by local cafes.
In addition, Fraser Property Australia is in the process of transforming Melbourne’s Burwood brickworks into an environmentally focussed community.
Due for completion in late 2019, it will feature 700 homes, parkland and the world’s most sustainable retail outlet with a 2000-square-metre urban farm and dining precinct on its roof. Acre Farm and Eatery Brickworks will be an expansion of Acre Eatery Camperdown, Sydney’s stunning farm-to-table cafe and bar set in an urban farm that has been walking the local, sustainable talk since 2016.
The plan is for the farm to regularly host workshops, talks and opportunities for guests to get their hands dirty by helping on the farm, which will feature beehives, a chicken coop and cutting-edge roof gardens similar to technology used at New York’s Brooklyn Grange project.
And, Saffire Freycinet, a Luxury Lodge of Australia, creates an experience that brings together nature, effortless comfort and the chance to get hands-on with a cornerstone of the state’s ecosystem: the bee. During Saffire’s Beekeeping Experience, guests will join Rob ‘The Bee Man’ to witness thousands of Tasmanian bees at work, and extract warm, fresh honeycomb to experience the breathtaking natural phenomenon of honey-making.
The time to get greening is now.