Crystal Creek Meadows News

Finalists in the World Responsible Tourism Awards

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We are applying ground breaking new methods to save resources through behaviour change

So why has a small rural Australian business been chosen as a demonstration of world best responsible business practice? Thanks to our guests’ support we are breaking new barriers in sustainable tourism and now selected as a finalist in the World Responsible Tourism Awards to be announced in London.

Saving resources – helping local wildlife

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Wow, it is fantastic to see how much our guests are willing to help us not waste energy and water. We’ve been running our experiment since May 2015 and saved over 30% of electricity, more than 20% gas and water! All the money we have saved goes directly to helping local wildfire causes. In total we have donated to local charities more than $61,329 since 2006/7; thanks to guests help we will add a further $2,000 each year.

To celebrate World Environment Day we sorted out our waste!

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Giving guests a simple waste system to help us cut emissions
5 June 2017

Over the years we have cut down our waste by preventing it in the first place (bulk deliveries in reusable containers and choosing local produce) and are now separating it into seven categories.

Leading the change for Green and Good Tourism experiences

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Green Leaders two years in a row

We are delighted to receive TripAdvisors’ Green Leaders Award at Platinum Level for the second year in a row. As one of the first businesses to receive this award at the highest level in Australasia we have been greatly encouraged by the response of our guests to eco-friendly initiatives. We have noted a very strong change from our guests since we started our accommodation business in 2004, as their attitudes have evolved from awareness of environmental problems to now actively choosing greener accommodation and, very importantly, enjoying this change.

Qantas Award - Excellence In Sustainable Tourism Australia

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Click to view this short review by Deborah Hutton for a quick overview of the Crystal Creek Meadows getaway experience.

Blending sustainable practices with luxury, romance and nature in Kangaroo Valley.

Milk now in glass!

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Fresher milk and less plastic
2 September 2017

Cutting waste also means we should cut recycling. So we no longer buy our milk in 1 litre plastic milk bottles but buy larger milk packs and decant to individual glass bottles. This reduces waste as we give guests smaller glass bottles (they can always get more at reception) so less waste because milk not consumed cannot be used as it will be passed sell by date. Refilling your glass bottle means you enjoy fresh milk. This way will recycle less plastic bottles, throw away less unconsumed milk and guests get to enjoy the freshest milk from our local dairy just 16km away.

One of the best in Asia Pacific!

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8 May 2017

Great to hear that we have won the global coveted Green Hotelier Award (highly commended) for Best in Green and Responsible Tourism 2017 in Asia Pacific region. This news comes at the same time we have been recognised as a Green Leader by Ecotourism Australia and achieving two service excellence awards by global leading online travel agents!

Thanks to our wonderful Wwoofers and Helpxers!

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As Wwoof and Helpx hosts we have been honoured to have hosted so many wonderful young adults from all over the world. They come to Australia as backpackers and live with us as part of our family for a few weeks or so, helping out in the garden and with the chickens and having a great base to explore the area. We get to learn about their part of the world while they get to experience Aussie life first hand. We have had a lot of French students lately, as Sophie speaks French, and living with us gives them a chance to practice their English at the beginning of their big adventure.

Customer Service and Green Comforts

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15 July 2016

My training Experience by Charlotte Cheesman University Work Experience Student

This week Sophie and I attended a ‘customer service training course delivered by Chris. This is a program we are introducing at Crystal Creek to advise guests on how best to keep comfortable in their cottage and enjoy the beautiful surroundings whilst still saving resources. Both Sophie and I thoroughly enjoyed the training and we are now accredited!

Our wonderful guests' generosity gives local wildlife a helpful hand

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Crystal, Issy and Florrie having fun at Wisdom Wombat Refuge

With the help of our guests we’ve made further donations in the first half of 2016 to local wildlife to help ‘Crystal’
and friends have a safe start to life.

Our community project to be showcased at Wildlife Tourism conference

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Conservation brings nature to Crystal Creek Meadows
29 September 2015 - 3 October 2015

Involving our local school children in games and activities which increased their environmental concern was a ground breaking project we completed with the support of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and Kangaroo Valley Public School. After publishing a book and academic paper sharing the results, Christopher is now a keynote speaker at the 3rd Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference 2015, where he will illustrate how wildlife tourism and Aboriginal Belief Systems can be used as a way to help conserve our environment. Learn more about the conference here.

'Platinum' Green Leader for Crystal Creek Meadows

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Conservation brings nature to Crystal Creek Meadows
23 April 2015
Trip Advisor, the world’s leading guest review social media site, has launched its Green leaders programme in Australia and New Zealand. We are thrilled to have been included and ranked as a Platinum business as it recognises our conservation work providing habitat for wildlife, guest participation in sustainable activities and our renewable energy and water practices.

“The new bathroom is EXQUISITE!”

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Inside new stylish colour

That’s what our long time guests K&L from Canberra had to say about the refurbishment of Jolly Jumbuck’s bathroom. Enjoy a completely new bathroom with standalone deep French Tub, beautiful handmade tiles, elegant double vanity and a fun rain shower. We’ve also freshened up the living room in a romantic soft colours and added some gorgeous new floral curtains and pelmet to add a contemporary relaxed mood.

Guest donations help local wildlife

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Sophie passes over the guest donations to Friends of the Bush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby
13 August 2014

Crystal Creek Meadows raised over $238 from guest donations for Friends of the Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby in 2013-14.
"This is wonderful, we've collected more funds this year than ever before, so a big thank you to all our guests, " says Sophie who passed over the funds to Chris Pryor from the local charity. We have only a very small colony of these lovely animals which are almost the last remaining in NSW.

Billabong Cottage's new bathroom is bath paradise!

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An original hand painted design that makes our bathroom beautiful

We have been busy renovating our couple’s cottage ‘Billabong’. After much searching we discovered these beautiful tiles with a hand painted floral design that looks absolutely fabulous! They go perfectly with the new blissful French style bath that complements our spa products. Then to set the perfect mood we’ve installed a chandelier that you control with a dimmer switch.

Christopher claims it’s bath paradise as you can soak in soft waters*, rejuvenate with our aromatherapy spa recipes and relax the soul while watching the dreamly view. We both hope you’ll love it.

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