Tasmania wilderness walking vacation, Australia
Moderate to challenging walking vacation in Tasmania's national parks. Walk as part of a small group (max 12) accompanied by two local guides and staying at wilderness lodges and locally owned accommodation.
Southwest National Park Mt Anne Track Lake Pedder Mt Field National Park Marriot and Russell Falls Cynthia Bay Lake St Clair Shadow Lake Circuit Cradle Mountain Dove Lake King Bill Pines walk Cradle Valley Hansons Peak Cradle Mountain Overland Track
AU $3925 excluding flights
Description of Tasmania wilderness walking vacation, Australia
2022: 2 Mar
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PlanetMinimal impact walking: We lead by example and encourage others to follow. We believe that we are doing our job well when our customers leave a tour having had a fabulous, fun filled vacation but also come away with a broader appreciation of and respect for the natural environment. Ideally they come to walk and leave as ambassadors for the environment. We stay on formed tracks, avoid trampling vegetation, insist that all rubbish is carried out, pick up rubbish left by others. Group sizes on self-guided trips are usually only two. On group guided trips the maximum size is 15 but there are two guides so we can split into smaller parties, limiting our impact.
We plan our walks to utilise toilets wherever possible and if not available, we provide clear instruction on burying waste and carrying out any sanitary items. We view wildlife from a distance and never feed native animals. We do not light fires in the bush and we do not allow people to smoke on walks. Our motto is “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos and a piece of someone else’s rubbish”.
We donate money to the National Parks – these funds are used to assist with regeneration work in the area. We’re fortunate to be based in one of the most spectacular natural regions in the world - the Grampians National Park. Yes, the kangaroos really do hop by the windows! Our office is very energy efficient with its passive solar design, double glazing, rainwater tanks, solar hot water, evaporative cooling, green power and a worm farm for sewerage waste. We are now even producing our own solar power. We adopt a reduce, reuse then recycle policy wherever possible
PeopleWe are a small company, in some areas the guiding is done by Phil and I, the owners of the company and other areas by local guides. All guides undergo our comprehensive training program and this is tailored to each individual’s needs. It covers areas such as safety, first aid, group management, minimal impact techniques, environmental interpretation, cultural considerations.
On our trips we stay in comfortable local accommodation properties with lots of character. Each one has been personally selected by the owners. It could be an historic guesthouse, comfortable B&B, cosy home-stay, seaside cottage, alpine ski lodge, resort hotel, a luxurious Ecolodge or country motel. When we use motels, we look for small, family-run places in attractive locations. Occasionally, remote locations mean that the only accommodation available is simple in nature, such as eco lodges, lighthouse keepers’ cottages and outback cattle stations, but the ones we select have character and ambience that more than compensates for star ratings. Good food is an important aspect of all our trips. Meals are plentiful, nutritious, wholesome and wherever possible offer local ingredients or specialties. No matter which vacation you choose, the accommodation and meals will add an interesting local flavour to your experience.
By staying at our choice of accommodation at Maydeena, in the Mt Field area, helps to support their efforts to provide an exciting habitat that preserves rare platypus. We also encourage our clients to visit the devils cradle, a Tasmanian devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain where they have a captive breeding program and are leading the world research in the Devil facial tumour disease.
Wherever possible we incorporate quality local tourism experiences into our walking vacations. Examples include bush tucker walks with indigenous people, tours of historic lightstation precincts, lake or river cruises, snorkelling with marine biologists etc.
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