Responsible Tourism - Sustainable Practices

Crystal Creek Meadows in Kangaroo Valley uses best practices to ensure our business operations, guest facilities and programs are as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. These images depict just a few of the initiatives we have in place.

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Christopher's delighted with Crystal Creek Meadows first citrus sale to the Green Box Cooperative, in return we buy fresh local fruit and vegetables for the breakfast hampers. Buying from the cooperative helps to keep the food miles down and lets our guests enjoy great tasting local fare, much of it organic.

Wildlife Conservation Holidays

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Wildlife Conservation Holidays

Christopher and Sophie have turn the original dam into a bird sanctuary encouraging native trees and shrubs to regenerate and providing a peaceful safe environment. Since the start of the project every year new Swamp Hens have had chicks which you can see in summer and early autumn.

 

Offering Guests a Low Carbon Holiday

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Offering Guests a Low Carbon Holiday

Crystal Creek Meadows in Kangaroo Valley NSW Australia promotes low carbon transport options to its guests as part of its Climate Change mitigation and adaption programme. This includes providing free rail and bus transfers to promote mass transport and offering guests free use of the mountain bikes.

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Free range eggs

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Free range eggs

Crystal Creek Meadows has a flock of hens (and roosters) who love to wander our gardens during the day. They put themselves to bed in the evenings and in the morning we all wake to a freshly laid eggs. The chooks eat the guest's food scraps and have helped us reduce our landfill waste by 50%. They also are given a special organic meal which means they supply large beautiful eggs with golden yokes. Guests who select Crystal Creek Meadows Deluxe Tariff are given fresh eggs in their gourmet breakfast hamper (link below)  - a delicious treat!

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Conservation gives our guests the opportunity to see wildlife in a natural environment

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Conservation gives our guests the opportunity to see wildlife in a natural environment

Guests at Crystal Creek Meadows can enjoy the property’s extensive gardens while on holiday, where you will see the free range chickens and on occasions the local echidna.

Following the conservation work to rehabilitate the original cleared land by introducing native species of flora there has been a wonderful increase in birdlife and the echidna is now a frequent visitor.

Maintaining a beautiful garden for you to enjoy

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Maintaining a beautiful garden for you to enjoy

So you can enjoy a peaceful beautiful holiday we maintain the property’s gardens using water wise policies. This includes collecting storm water for irrigation of the exotic gardens. While other areas of the property use water tolerant plants and the citrus orchard is irrigated using recycled water.

 

The storm water is collected in a dam which we have encouraged to become a bird sanctuary so that it not only provides water for the garden but also a safe haven for the birdlife.

 

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Crystal Creek Meadows garden policy means almost no chemicals are used so you enjoy a healthy garden with beautiful flowers and butterflies. There are exotic plants in the gardens, these were here before your hosts arrived. All new plantings are native or aromatherapy exhibit plants.
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You get to taste and enjoy fresh fruit at Crystal Creek Meadows where cumquat, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and mandarins are grown. Much of the crop is irrigated, using recycled water, so harvests are good. Fruit is now delivered across the community as part of the local Green Box Cooperative of sustainable food supplies for the region.
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Building a better place to stay

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Building a better place to stay

Creating your characterful luxury eco cottage at Crystal Creek Meadows involved several environmental steps. The end result has been to create accommodation with modern comforts that is visually in keeping with the original timber housing found in Kangaroo Valley and eco friendly.

Development involved ensuring there was very little excavation for foundations with topsoil protected. Locally sourced materials were used, like the steel roofing ( produced in Nowra and Wollongong) and timbers secured form economically sustainable sources.

Tourism and Conservation do mix

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Tourism and Conservation do mix

You will see a great many birds at Crystal Creek Meadows as well as the Common Wombat, Echidnas and Blue Tongued Lizards. Thanks to the conservation zones established on the property (part of the conservation of land partners programme run by the NSW Department of Enviornment) everyone gets to see more wildlife in its natural habitat. You can make a contribution by planting a tree for $3.50 to help provide habitat or lend a hand and help with some of the rehabilitation work!

A smarter way to enjoy your water

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A smarter way to enjoy your water

Crystal Creek Meadows operates a voluntary ban on bottled water ut offers this excellent reusable container to guests. Fill up from your cottage (rainwater harvest supply) to use during walks, canoeing or bike riding. You can even buy them and help the environment. Profits go towards the Green Kangaroo Wildlife Corridor which helps local animals move from one piece of land to another in a protected space.

Supporting Bush Poetry – winners of the Crystal Creek Meadows Prize

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Supporting Bush Poetry – winners of the Crystal Creek Meadows Prize

John Davis (pictured with wife Ruth) won the inaugural Crystal Creek Meadows Bush Poetry Award at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival. Every year your hosts support bush poetry by offering an award for the best poem that depicts country culture. Why not relax during your holiday and take a read of some of the poetry books placed in your cottage. They are a lovely way to unwind and look on the world in a different way.
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With the wind in your hair, the scent of fresh eucalyptus and wonderful views driving a classic sports car on uncrowded country roads is a dream come true. But is it responsible?

MGB and Sensibility

There are no excuses — the MGB does pollute.
Minimising the bad effects:

Heritage engineering

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Heritage engineering

Guests do have the opportunity of driving our 1969 silver MG convertible. Why do we consider this a serious commitment to responsible tourism practice?

MGB and Sustainability
There are no excuses — the MGB does pollute. We have thought long and hard about whether we should stop providing this service and come to the following approach.

We balanced the environmental impacts against the heritage experience and the potential social benefits. That is to say, pollution versus appreciation of mid 1950s engineering and the joy of experiencing a more intimate nature/touring drive.

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Crystal Creek Meadows encourages guests to donate to the Friends of the Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby to help conservation of this threatened species. There are also volunteer tourism activities to help wildlife conservation and weed management.

The Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby conservation strategy in Kangaroo Valley is to reduce the threats to survival and create a better environment for the species to breed.

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