Tin Dragon Cottages offers eco-friendly accommodation on the Ringarooma River in North East Tasmania.
Sustainable Tourism Approach
Building with Local Materials
We wanted to use as many local materials as possible in the construction of our eco-friendly accommodation. So we engaged local timber-man, Malcolm to fell and mill all the timber on site. Malcolm was probably the last “bullocky” operating in Tasmania. To minimise damage to the property he used his bullock team to collect the timber.
Malcolm also harvested decades-old pine trees growing in the paddocks. This fine timber was then used by a local cabinet-maker to craft all the doors, double-glazed window frames and kitchen cabinets. Finally, Christine and Graham sourced stone from Mount Victoria for a local stone mason to built their two spa cottages.
Renewable Energy & Waste Reduction
All Tin Dragon Cottage’s power is generated on site using a 4.7kW micro-hydro system, 17.5kW of solar PV and 27kWh battery storage. Hence Tin Dragon Cottages can operate independently of the grid. However, the sustainable power system still retains the security of grid-connection as a final back-up.
Less land-Fill Waste
We encourage our guests to recycle and compost their waste. We also provide packaging-free toiletries. Because of these few small changes about 2,700 kg of waste doesn’t go to local land-fill each year. The compost is great for the small vegetable garden, too!
Water Conservation & Recycling
Graham built the cottages and sheds with steep rooves to enable the collection of clean rainwater. Why a steep roof? Ask us next time you visit. An electric pump moves all the water to storage tanks above the cottages. Consequently water is gravity-fed to each cottage.
A three-stage enviro-cycle system treats waste water on site to irrigate paddocks below the cottages. As a result all the grey water produced by the cottages is recycled.
Land for Wildlife
What do we love most about living at Tin dragon Cottages? Well it’s hard to choose between fresh air, seclusion, native bush, farm, and river. But the native wildlife has a special place in our hearts.
This short slide show celebrates our “Land for Wildlife” eco-friendly status.
We hope when you stay with us, you will enjoy an encounter with the native locals, too!