Meet a SATIC Member – Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges

14 March 2018



Multi award winning Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are an exclusive and intimate luxury eco experience on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Situated on 96 hectares of restored natural bushland near Port Lincoln, visitors can enjoy magnificent views, walking trails, abundant rare bird and wildlife, local wine, gourmet food, and the complete privacy of their own architecturally designed, solar powered, self-contained luxury eco lodge.

They can nestle into the park-like bushland of the valley site, or float atop the ridge site with stunning views to the sea.

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are luxurious, sensitive and unique. Guests can escape to Tanonga and indulge in the luxury of nature.

We caught up with Jill Coates, Owner of Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges to find out more about the business and their dedication to providing an eco-friendly experience for their guests, while supporting the local community.

“We have a personal commitment to the environment and to environmentally and ecological sustainability,” says Jill.

“We value local organic products, their producers and local providers of tourism experiences. We believe small business is the heart and engine room of the region and we support our local small businesses as much as possible.

“We offer the only luxury ecotourism experience in Lower Eyre Peninsula and were the first to establish high end tourism such as this on Eyre Peninsula, winning the New Tourism Development Award in 2009. We are proud of this achievement.”

As an award-winning business, Jill’s key to business success is all about maintaining a commitment to quality and outstanding customer service.

“We have all experienced the frustration of the limited customer service offered by many global companies in our sector – instead we aim to be the best we can.”

She also encourages other tourism businesses to be authentic, as well as honour and advertise only what they're able to deliver on.

“Our experience has been that guests are even more impressed when they experience the ‘real thing’.

One of the many unique experiences guests can expect when staying at Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges is a visit from the elusive yellow tailed black cockatoo.

“With their image taking pride of place on our guest book, nesting and dining in our ‘backyard’ and their gangling squawking over our house is both welcome and heart-warming as each year we see this critically endangered birds’ numbers rise – just a little.”

Recently the property expanded to include a three-bedroom, one-bathroom dwelling, which Jill says has the potential to be a residence, caretakers, family or couples lodge.

“This year our focus is on upgrading our walking trails and hopefully our billabong, given that we are successful in winning a national resource management grant, which we recently applied for – fingers crossed!”

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