Through luxurious experiences, subtle education, gentle conservation and sensory immersion, Badderam is intended to inspire others to foster a sustainable dependency between mankind and nature
The Badderam Vision
Our vision is to preserve Buderim’s natural character by providing an immersive luxury ecotourism experience on Buderim. The resort will showcase Indigenous, pioneering and agricultural histories, from a spectacular elevated setting amid the extreme beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
This ecological and site sensitive conservation experience is intended to be a discerning destination in which visitors and locals can delight. Expect award winning and exceptional guest service levels amongst a landscaped oasis of incredible natural beauty. This proposed new sanctuary for Buderim is intended to promote well-being, rejuvenating and nourishing all of the senses, whilst transporting you back to a love of the natural environment. Offering state-of-the-art luxury accommodation in a tranquil setting the resort will provide the ultimate location for a revitalising holiday, or a weekend escape. Expect a discreet and technologically advanced venue with a focus on local food and wine, extraordinary produce and gastronomy. The most refreshing place on earth to host an intimate wedding, conference or event.
We would all be conservationists contributing to the preservation of our planet if it were made to be a beautiful indulgence…
Heidi Meyer – Creative Director of Badderam
Creative Director and Lead Design Consultant Heidi Meyer is a History of Design graduate with experience in period restoration and heritage preservation. Heidi has studied the evolution of design from the 11th Century through to the modern-day. She is responsible for creating the Badderam vision and the Resort’s design. Through her detailed historic and cultural research the site’s design story has evolved. It is a story which preserves Buderim’s unique natural character and pays homage to Buderim’s Indigenous, pioneering and agricultural histories. Heidi has collaborated with an experienced design team in documenting the design story. Badderam is a fusion of the very best of Buderim, giving back to Buderim all that Buderim is, whilst taking Buderim gently into the future. Heidi explains, “the worlds most revered designs look to elements found in nature in designing timelessly for the future.”
“A stay at Badderam is intended to spoil whilst touching our consciences about our interactions with our ecosystems and our planet.” – Heidi Meyer – Badderam Visionary, Creative Director, Site Owner
The design has the potential to encompass a potential 60-acre (24 hectare) site. Proposed buildings carry prominent abstract themes of Buderim/Badderam Mountain. Dreamtime, serpent-like, discreet accommodation suites will traverse the topography of the site, with the resort’s premier a la carte restaurant and wellness spa inspired by the natural and shapes of the extraordinarily large witchetty grubs found on the site. The story continues to intrigue as the main resort building containing the lobby, conference suites and pool podium, emerge from the earth in the shape of a boomerang, outlined by the wings of Buderim’s admired birdwing butterfly. A celebration of Buderim’s prized flora and fauna abounds.
“The design eloquently embraces and preserves Buderim’s unique living histories and prominent natural heritage.” – Hermione Simmons, Buderim Resident
The Badderam design team has ensured the resort’s design touches the escarpment on which it rests, as respectfully as possible. The site’s buildings are designed to integrate harmoniously into an elegant and tranquil native landscape, overseen by esteemed Landscape Architect, Horticulturist and Green Roof expert Sidonie Carpenter. An already very discreet site by its location, Sidonie proposes further preservation of the neighbouring amenity, embedding the buildings into a sanctuary like landscape design.
Both as preservationists and conservationists, Heidi and husband Kim, Investment Director of Badderam, consider themselves stewards of the proposed Badderam site and believe that it is not too late to start treating Buderim with the highest level of care and respect, in order to preserve Buderim’s heralded green character. Inside of this eco-resort proposal, all of the sites vine forests will be regenerated and preserved. The site’s waterways remain clear of buildings. The spring fed dam, a historical site of Buderim, has been retained for the site’s fauna to continue to thrive. Post construction the site will showcase more than twice as much fauna habitat and landscaping as that which exists pre-construction, with approx 70% of the site becoming vegetated green space.
“From a geotechnical viewpoint, our assessment is that the site is suitable for the proposed development.” – Geoff Hurley BSc – Hons Engineering Geology, MSc Engineering Hydrology Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ 5716).
Extraordinarily important matters for Buderim such as landslip hazard and stormwater management were the first design elements to have been assured, via the early engagement of a host of expert consultants such as Geoff Hurley and Dr Chris Walker. Extensive studies have been undertaken to understand that the site is suitable for this proposal and design measures have been proposed to mitigate any potential future landslip hazard, protecting both the proponents and the neighbouring community.
“This proposal has the potential to contribute to finding a solution to Buderim’s ongoing stormwater management problems” – Tom Rickards, Buderim Resident
The resort will be built to achieve both ECO and ROC certification by Ecotourism Australia. Rainwater will be harvested and permeable pavers will be used for vehicle roads and carparks. Whisper quiet electric buggies will operate 24 hour room service as well as cleaning and maintainance services. These vehicles will also chauffeur guests to and from rooms, to the wellness spa, and around the site. The resort is set to become the first zero waste resort in Queensland. An almost silent, onsite composter, will process around two tonnes of organic material per week, significantly reducing landfill. Additional features such as power walls, extensive photovoltaic and green roof technologies, technically advanced acoustic treatments to buildings, as well as green wall and undercroft screening, will also be installed. The combination of these elements gives utmost regard to the environment, the amenity of others and the enjoyment of fellow nature-lovers visiting the site.
Achieving above excellent ecotourism standards already being set throughout the world, Kim and Heidi intend for the resort to become carbon neutral and as near as possible to being self-sustainable.