Graham Pearce review 1 Jan 2023
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Watching the Fairy Penguins and Shearwaters come home to roost on the Isthmus in Brunie Island
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Ask for Rajit as a guide
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Only in the sense that I contributed tourist dollars
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you very much for letting me know how it all went. I am absolutely delighted you enjoyed it and that you achieved all your goals! Many of my guests put months and even years into planning a trip like yours. Sometimes the last minute ones are the most successful! I was very anxious that you should get absolute maximum enjoyment and fulfilment from your trip. I know from personal experience how precious the interaction with Tasmania’s natural environment is.
Thank you also for sending the review to Responsible Travel and for giving it 5 stars! One thing I would love to add – you say that your vacation benefited the local people reduced environmental impacts and supported conservation “only in the sense that I contributed tourist dollars” but actually by booking through me and staying in all the places you did, you actually contributed far more than the average tourist, as we are all dedicated to the preservation of Tasmania’s native flora and fauna, not only by following stringent environmental practices but also by donations (for example, I, Inala, Mountain Valley all donate to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy which acquires vast swathes of land for critically endangered species of flora and fauna all over Tasmania) as well as a number of other worthwhile causes and animal/bird sanctuaries, and I am sure you experienced the value of local guides and private wildlife conservation land which have been so important in maintaining the wild populations of species such as Devils Quolls and swift parrots. Certainly for people like Pat and Len, the wildlife conservation has been their overriding passion since the 1980s, and the revenue that their accommodation brings in is used purely to keep that going. Without them, it would be almost impossible for anyone to see devils in their natural environment anymore.
It would be wonderful if I could take up your offer of a short review that I can use as an endorsement for other guests seeking wildlife vacations as many find it hard to believe that I can organise a vacation such as yours when I am not based in Tassie!
Wishing you a very happy 2023!