Environmental stewardship

Everything that we do is in full commitment to protecting, nurturing and maintaining the critical balance between the resort and the diverse eco-system of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding waters.

Elysian Retreat is the first 100% solar powered resort on the Great Barrier Reef. We operate a full commercial kitchen, spa, restaurant, bar and 10 air conditioned guest villas and hot water systems off solar power and batteries.

Our passion for the environment and renewable energy has put in place the philosophy behind the operational structures of Elysian Retreat & Pumpkin Island. We have always felt that it was of the utmost importance to take the necessary steps to not only protect and preserve our natural assets, but also to minimise the impact we may have on them by reducing waste, saving and improving usage of water, power, fuel and emissions. Proudly the Sojourn Group have attained Australia’s highest ecotourism certification and long term operational permits granted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in recognition of our commitment to environmental sustainability and best practice. Pumpkin Island is the first beyond carbon neutral island in Australia offsetting a 150% of its annual carbon emissions.

We will continuously and enthusiastically seeks ways to support the environmental performance in all areas of our operations by working with suppliers, clients, partners, customers and the community.

Special environmental measures are incorporated into our daily operations to protect and nurture the reef’s health. Biodegradable cleaning products are used and organic refillable guest amenities manufactured in Australia from wild native ingredients. Waste production is minimised through composting food waste, the implementation of a worm farm, growing our own fruit and vegetables, minimising the use of plastic and avoiding single use plastic.

BioCycle® aerobic wastewater treatment systems are the modern, environment-friendly alternative to old-fashioned septic tanks. BioCycle® wastewater treatment systems digest solid wastes and use controlled natural processes to purify wastewater. This clean, odourless, disinfected water is then recycled through garden drippers for landscaping purposes.

All water on the island is filtered rain water and we work hard to conserve as much as possible with low flow aerators and taps and water saving appliances. We also actively encourage guests to be conservative with water usage.