Responsible tourism: Tasmania west coast camping & walking tour
We are proud to be a member of Ecotourism Australia and all our tours are certified Advanced Ecotours. Select tours are part of Green Guardians a program run by Parks and Wildlife Tasmanian that gets tour participants to assist with a variety of in the field projects
All our guides are trained in “minimal impact” techniques and we have a dedicated minimal impact policy available on our website. Our guides have a good knowledge of local flora & fauna and are happy to share this knowledge with our visitors. There are reference books available in the vehicles for use by clients.
All our brochures are printed on recycled paper and we encourage clients to recycle brochures or pass them on (this is printed our brochures). Future publications will use plant based inks if possible and include QR codes on brochures to enable smart phones to link to our website hopefully reducing the number of brochures needed
I believe it is first necessary to reflect on the history and shape of our community before I address how we support it
"We acknowledge that there are conflicting interests to be found in Tasmanian places. Likewise, there are contested land use practices throughout the State and indeed Australia. It is especially so for some of the places we visit. We firmly believe that the resolutions to conflicts and solutions to these problems can only come from open communication rather than the culture of division and dispute that has become entrenched in parts of our communities.
Specifically we would like to acknowledge and recognise the following: 1) The Traditional Owners of the places we visit and their ancestors; their wisdom and traditional knowledge systems; and the ways in which they have used the land sustainably for thousands of years 2) The significance of the early European settlement to the economy of Tasmanian, albeit that the legacies of colonisation are still with us and are in need of resolution. It often goes unacknowledged that colonial settlement in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s is the foundation of Tasmania’s economy until today. 3) The pioneers of the green groups and environment movements that were born in Tasmania and then grew to international significance. They challenged the exploitive notions seeded in colonial thinking. While colonial development may have been seen as a necessity of its time, changing the ways we understand and relate to places and how we exploit resources within them now are needed
Supporting my community in our operations is achieved by using local suppliers and foods where possible and asking them to support local producers in turn . We believe in sharing the benefits to communities we pass through and ensure that we purchase fuel and food in some of the smaller towns along our routes. We also leave time for clients to shop for responsibly sourced souvenirs and personal items where appropriate
Reviews of Tasmania west coast camping & walking tour
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by Alexandra Grellet
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
I took the 5 day West Coast tour with Aran and it was simply amazing! I don'the usually go on organised tours - I usually prefer to be independent and do it in my own - but since Tasmania has so much to offer I thought it might be a good idea to go with someone who knows the area well and make every most of my short time there! Aran was an absolutely formidable guide from start to finish. Even before the tour started he was flexible with dates and sent me all the information I needed to get ready for the trip. What's awesome about Aran is that is absolutely loved Tasmania and loves nature - you won't be stuck with a guide that's blazé about his tour because he's done it thousands of times, and is just going through the motions! Aran built the camps himself, takes you to certain spots because those are his favourites and even takes more photos than you do while on the trip!! What was really awesome is that he really personalises his tours - for example depending on the weather or on what the people in the group enjoy doing, he would give us a few options of things we could do and would let us decide! And all the comments on TripAdvisor about the delicious food are not overstatements, going on this tour really revolutionised my perception of what could be cooked with basic camping equipment (freshly handmade naan breads!!) - it's safe to say that you will probably eat better during these 5 days than you do at home!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
If you love nature, want to discover the wild and rugged beauty of Tasmania with a fantastic guide/chef/botanist/photography coach, I wholeheartedly recommend going on this tour!
Also, don't be afraid about the early wake up St Ives (around 6.30am)- it's the best time of day to be doing something, in the afternoon the weather often changes.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Aran took us on a Green Guardians outinget (maybe a couple for hours) where we basically collect trash close to the seashore and classify it! This is really cool because it'seems effortless (you're just was links along and occasionally picking up trash) and it helps the environment - plus all the data is sent back to scientists so that they can research why certain types of trash end up where etc...
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?