CANOPY – Eco Sleeper Pods
Uncover Victoria’s great parks
Eco Sleeper Pod at Point Nepean National Park
The CANOPY pilot program is an exciting initiative from Parks Victoria, designed to help protect our environment for the future by connecting more visitors with the natural beauty of Victoria’s parks.
The pilot will run for three months. Its objectives are to:
- Attract new target audiences by providing access and experiences relevant to their needs
- Extend Victoria’s seasons – allowing visitors to stay in parks during cooler months
- Increase regional dispersal, length of stay and expenditure in support of regional economies
- Provide business opportunities for Victoria’s eco-tourism industry
- Support park conservation outcomes via the re-investment of revenue into park
The CANOPY pilot will also introduce temporary, moveable pods. These Eco Sleeper Pods are designed to offer visitors a way to extend their stay and to truly immerse themselves in the wonders of our iconic parks around the state.
The CANOPY experience could also include a tailored package of activities. These might range from nature and conservation-based activities, to outdoor pursuits, to relaxation and mindfulness, plus gourmet experiences that could support local businesses and tourism groups.
How you can help
During the pilot, Parks Victoria is seeking feedback on the kinds of activities visitors like you would like to experience. We want to find out what the community thinks about the Eco Sleeper Pods’ design, amenity, accessibility and visual impact. Eco Sleeper Pods will be available for people to view and provide feedback.
All this feedback will help Parks Victoria understand how we can develop the CANOPY concept so that it connects more people with our great parks.
CANOPY – Eco Sleeper Pods have been cleverly designed by two Australian architectural firms – JAWS Architects + Pod Matrix, and Troppo Architects + Oscar Building. Using sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly materials such as renewable timber, Eco Sleeper Pods sit lightly in their surroundings.
They’re not permanent and can be disassembled and moved when required. Stringent environmental monitoring will be carried out throughout the pilot process, with sustainability, energy efficiency and minimal environmental disturbance being a major focus. Facilities such as cleaning and rubbish removal will follow best practice standards.
Parks Victoria wants to make Eco Sleeper Pods accessible for all abilities where possible. They will comply with the relevant Australian Standards. We’ll seek feedback from current and prospective visitors that have a broad range of abilities. This will ensure we provide an inclusive experience that enables visitors with a disability, their families and carers to get the health and wellbeing benefits from visiting a state or national park.
Have your say
We’d like you to give us feedback on our exciting new pilot. Parks Victoria will host an ‘Open House’ display for CANOPY – Eco Sleeper Pods at the following location:
Point Nepean Information Centre
The pods will be located near the Information Centre at the Quarantine Station, Ochiltree Road, Portsea VIC 3944
- 10.30am-2.30pm, Saturday 14 - Monday 16 April
- 10.30am-2.30pm, Thursday 19 - Monday 23 April
- 10.30am-2.30pm, Thursday 26 - Monday 30 April
Make a day of it. Point Nepean is one of Victoria’s beautiful natural landscapes, with panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Venture along one of the six Point Nepean National Park Trails, or explore the military forts and tunnels and discover the area’s rich history.
Complete the survey onsite, or visit engage.vic.gov.au