hosting with purpose


- Louise Freckleton, Kestrel Nest/ Highfield Farm

There is much noise in the short-stay rental space at present; it's as if every second person is opening a holiday rental, so we wanted to share some important news about the operation of our beautiful cabin - Scandi at Maleny.


If you've been following us for a while, you'll know that we put a lot of effort into ensuring we host our property with purpose; we are mindful, conscientious, and committed to helping others where we can.


Sustainable Tourism takes complete account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.


Defined by United Nations 

World Tourism Organisation


We've offset our carbon footprint (for periods July 21- Sep 22) and partnered with Carbon Neutral, the longest-standing carbon offset provider in Australia. We are active participants in their Plant-a-Tree program, contributing to restoring the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.

We feel so strongly about our social responsibility that we want to operate the cabin along the most environmentally-aware and sustainable philosophies. We hope this adds to the luxury experience our guests expect when staying with us, and are further encouraged by how simple it can be to be a little more mindful and perhaps have their own transformational experience due to their stay.

We'd like to share some important details you may not know about the cabin, we want to inspire a new, conscientious way of travel and for guests (like you) to have the option to travel for the good of the world, community, Country and self.

  • We know that there is a terrible housing crisis around Australia, and we wanted to highlight that our cabin's location is specifically zoned as short-term accommodation by our local council, which means no one can reside there permanently, therefore not taking away accommodation options from anybody in need.

  • We source our water supply from our 20,000L rainwater tank, and we are not connected to mains water.

  • The cabin's been fitted with energy-saving LED lighting and sensor-enabled air conditioners.

  • We provide domestic cleaning products from ZeroCo for our guest's convenience; their containers are made from recycled materials destined for oceans and landfill, and their products are Aussie, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

  • Our commercial cleaning products are also Australian, Eco-friendly, chemical-free, natural & organic, and biodegradable.

  • The coffee pods we provide are Australian and compostable.

  • Our greywater passes through an STP system which is used to irrigate the gardens at the property.

  • We power the cabin using green energy (rated 4.5/5 by Greenpeace).

  • We operate 99.9% digitally, reducing the need for single-use printed material in the cabin.

  • The cabin has been fitted with a dish draw style dishwasher to help reduce water consumption needed when cleaning dishes, especially when only minimal items are used over a few days.

  • We line-dry our linens 9.99 times out of 10 and only resort to dryers when it's been raining non-stop for extended periods.

  • Furthermore, our towels are 100% Australian cotton and a part of the Better Cotton mission. Our bed linens come from Australian suppliers that are either carbon neutral, green sustainable or hold SA8000 certification compliance.

  • We supply compostable kitchen cloths and hygienically wash and rotate them up to 3 times before they are composted; these can break down in a month in the correct conditions.

  • We supply single-use condiments in Bio Pak containers and try as hard as possible to avoid single-use 'anything' at the cabin.

  • In the kitchen, we provide Great Wrap – The only compostable stretch kitchen wrap made from food waste and use landfill compostable bin liners for rubbish.

  • We also supply our guests with toiletries that are made from bamboo and as well as take-home reusable cotton rounds as face washers.

In addition to the fun facts above, we continue to remain extremely committed to donating 50 meals to our friends at Oz Harvest Sunshine Coast for every booking we take, and to date, we have contributed to over 1600 meals on behalf of our guests.

We are also very proud to partner with 1% for the Planet and commit to donating at least one per cent of our annual profits to a local not-for-profit organisation.


We'll continue to look at ways to improve what we do (including ways to make our property more accessible), all whilst ensuring we remain sustainable as a business in the process – so watch this space!


We genuinely feel this slow stay is good for your heart, soul and, ultimately, our planet, and we hope to stand out from the rest by doing better and not just hosting short-stay accommodation for profit but hosting with heart.


So, if any of this resonates with you, please share us, and please talk about us, and we hope you not only research the destination of your next getaway but consider whom you book with and support businesses that are doing good in this over-saturated space.


You know where to find us for your next luxury Sunshine Coast Hinterland holiday, and the good news is that you'll find a few more hosts around the country approaching hosting mindfully too.

We look forward to sharing the cabin with you soon!

Pete & Dee 🌺

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Scandi at Maleny acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and rest, the Jinibara people and the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and

recognise and celebrate their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community

and remember that sovereignty was never ceded.


We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging and thank them for protecting Country since time immemorial.