Lodge puts us on map
Childers ecotourism venture represents Queensland in national awards
DRIVE through Apple Tree Creek and turn left at North South Rd, take the second left on to Stocks Rd and at number 237 you have reached your Queensland Tourism award-winning destination.
Childers Eco-lodge is run by Vanessa and Rhys Kummerow, who started out with an 11ha bush block in 2013.
The Australian Tourism Awards, held in Adelaide last Friday, recognised tourism operators across the country.
Childers Eco-lodge represented Queensland as a finalist in the New Tourism Development category and, despite missing out to Tasmania’s Seafood Seduction, did its home town proud.
The Kummerows have created a wholesome atmosphere to share their slice of countryside in a way that does not harm the environment.
Today it is a booming business with 36 beds ranging from glamping tents with double beds, to rooms for couples and shared rooms with bunks.
They have invested in solar power, a grey water treatment system and waterless toilets.
In an effort to not only attract more visitors to the facility but also bring business to town, Childers Eco-lodge offers international guests a discount on accommodation in exchange for volunteer work with Flying High Bird Sanctuary and Snakes Down Under Reptile Park.
Farms with a basis of local staff employ guests for picking jobs during their peak season, and Aboriginal artist Roger Saunders runs art workshops at the lodge.
In an enormous win for local operators, Bundaberg Turtle Campaign won the award for Destination Marketing.
PROUD PAIR: Childers Eco-Lodge owners Rhys and Vanessa Kummerow.