LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 93 Araluen Park Cottages ' ! #! $ #( !# & # # # " # #$! $! ! ( ## " " # & ( ' ! # % # " ( $# " ! # % "# " " # " $ " $" $ ( " # ## " ! & # * ( # #$! " ! % " $ "#" # !#$ #( # ( " #$ !( "# #$! " " #! ) &&& ! $ ! $ ) # ! ! $ ! $ ) LAKES ENTRANCE Find serenity in this bushland getaway Araluen Park Cottages provides a unique style of environ- mentally friendly individual self-contained cottages that enable a sustainable living experience without compromise to lifestyle. A suite of environmental initiatives mitigates the environmen- tal footprint, while tasteful décor and a balanced mix of antique and practical appointments ensure a comfortable stay. Located in a natural setting on a rural property close to the Colquhoun Forest, the cottages integrate with the native flora and fauna and blend seamlessly into the landscape. The cottages are fully self-contained with full breakfast provisions provided for each day. Each cottage has views to the bush from each of their windows. Native gardens immediately surrounding each cottage provide a habitat link with the native vegetation, while king parrots and other native birds are frequent visitors to the cottages. Wombats and wallabies can often be seen in the early morning and late evening. Guided or self-guided walks in the rainforests are offered to all guests. A flock of friendly alpacas, susceptible to a piece of apple or carrot, are located on the property. A Trust for Nature conservation covenant has been established to place the natural areas surrounding the cottages under protection of the natural values of the site in perpetuity. Advice regarding local products and attractions, and reference to local services and places is offered to all guests. Recommendations for walking and bike riding and other nature-based activities such as eco-cruises of the Gippsland Lakes are included as applicable. The cottages are perfect for that secluded romantic interlude, being fully self-contained with comfy beds and warm cosy wood fires. Araluen Park Cottages has all its electrical energy needs provided by an off-grid solar power system. Award-winning waste water treatment systems have been installed to meet waste water management requirements. Rain water is harvested for potable water uses. A variety of accommodation packages can be tailored to guest requirements and may include features such as local wine, chocolates and a late check-out. Araluen Park Cottages provides a close-to-nature experience for couples seeking peace and quiet, sustainable living and comfortable accommodation.