Lodge puts us on map

Childers eco­tourism ven­ture rep­re­sents Queens­land in na­tional awards

Isis Town and Country - - News - By PETRA DE JONG

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED / PETRA DE JONG

PROUD PAIR: Childers Eco-Lodge own­ers Rhys and Vanessa Kum­merow.

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