The Close Escape is the perfect getaway for anyone in need of some quality R&R time. Escape to the stunning Southern Highlands in a zero-emissions vehicle. This package is an opportunity to take a breath, unwind and read that book you’ve been meaning to get to for the last 3 months…

Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat, Kangaroo Valley: Two nights accommodation for two

Family run since 2003, Crystal Creek Meadows luxury Kangaroo Valley accommodation is nestled in the heart of an enchanting landscape in the stunning Southern Highlands and South Coast region of New South Wales. Your private self-contained cottage is perfectly located close to the charming village and surrounded by lush forests and farmland just two hours from Sydney or Canberra.

The hosts invite you to leave the commotion of the outside world behind and retreat into the tranquil natural gem of this outstanding landscape with fresh air, friendly locals, joyous birds, wombats and, oh yes, kangaroos. Your boutique cottage accommodation is sumptuous and comfortable with all the little extras included to help you relax on your holiday. Your hosts at the retreat have a wealth of local knowledge about things to do and can personalise your stay to include spa treatments or a romantic picnic, and much more.

This package includes two midweek nights in a luxurious, award-winning, private cottage for two adults. Light breakfast provisions are included.

John McGrath MG ZS Electric Vehicle: 3 night hire

The new MG ZS EV is the family-friendly electric car, designed for those who want all the advantages of a zero-emissions vehicle without compromising on practicality or style.

Powered by a 44.5kWh, liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery, delivering 353Nm of instant torque and with 105kW of power, you’ll experience true electric acceleration, and can enjoy a driving range of up to 263 kilometres from a single charge* on the combined cycle.

*From a single charge on the combined cycle: Provisional data at time of going to print. Combined Range: 263 km;Combined Driving Efficiency: 18.6kWh/100km.

All funds raised from this wonderful auction will go towards the important advocacy and community engagement work that the Conservation Council does throughout the year. Canberra is a wonderful, natural city, but we face significant challenges to protect biodiversity and be genuinely sustainable as we go forward. When you bid in the auction you are helping protect your local environment, as well as treating yourself to one of these gorgeous local experiences. Check out the packages on offer, and come along to our World Environment Day Dinner!