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Testimonials

Five days of walking, reading, swimming and soaking in the glorious tub. A perfect start to our married life

Sarah and Bruce

2012 Gipsland Business Awards Finalist

Venus Bay Eco Retreat Committment

Venus Bay Eco Retreat is a unique destination where services can be tailored to the individual requirements of our guests. Our commitment is to help guests enjoy the beauty and adventure of the Australian bushland without compromising on comfort, and to manage a sustainable small business that contributes to biodiversity conservation.

Our commitment to our guests

  • A sustainable holiday choice without compromising comfort.
  • Certified assurance for our sustainability and conservation actions.
  • Privacy for guests and for wildlife.
  • Friendly service – your host is available to help you discover this diverse region.
  • An opportunity to learn about Australia’s unique environmental and cultural heritage.

Our commitment to conservation

2014  Mae Adams, owner/manager of Venus Bay Eco Retreat, was recognised for her contribution to biodiversity conservation in the Trust for Nature bulletin, Issue 61, November 2014.

2014  Selected as one of three finalists in the Victorian Sustainability Awards.

2013-2018 Venus Bay Eco Retreat won a competitive tender to conserve Coast Salt Marsh and Coast Banksia Woodland habitats at Venus Bay, Victoria.

2012  Selected as one of three finalists in the Sustainable Business category, Bendigo Bank Business Awards.

Climate Action BusinessClimate Action

3.75 Kw grid connected photovoltaic solar panels with power lines underground generates more electricity than we use, we have onsite rainwater collection that provides all of our water, we have invested in energy efficient solar hot water, retrofitted energy efficient buildings and minimum white goods. We support certified organic producers; we use and provide for guests only earth friendly and ethically produced products. We compost, re-use and recycle and ask our guests to support these initiatives during their stay.

Trust For NatureTrust for Nature covenant from 2009

Venus Bay Eco Retreat actively conserves 5.6 hectares of wildlife habitat with Coast Banksia Woodland and Coast Salt Marsh ecological vegetation classes or EVC’s. These EVC’s are significantly depleted in Victoria and now classified as threatened and vulnerable ecosystems.

Venus Bay Eco Retreat 2009

We hosted our first guests in January 2009; we enjoy hosting travellers from all over the world seeking the unique beauty of the Australian bushland.

Eco Certified Advanced EcotourismAdvanced Ecotourism certified from 2008  

What is Advanced Ecotourism?

“ Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities”

Community volunteering from 2006 to today

Member of Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula Inc., working together to conserve and protect biodiversity on Venus Bay peninsula.

Land for WildlifeLand for Wildlife registered 1990

Land for Wildlife is a voluntary network of landowners active in wildlife habitat restoration on private and public lands.

Early beginnings

From 1983 Venus Bay Eco Retreat’s owner and host Mae lived on the property for a decade with a basic campsite.  Mae says “Living with few creature comforts in the bushland allowed me to closely observe the annual seasons and wildlife. I now enjoy sharing this interest with visitors to the eco retreat.”