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Acknowledgement

The Australian Walking Company acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this nation.  We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business.  

The Australian Walking Company is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuous connection to country and their rich ongoing contribution to society and environment.  It is is through their careful management and protection of the land, animals, plants and culture, that we are privileged to be able to share these extraordinary places with our guests.

Our Philosophy

At the Australian Walking Company we strive to provide unique high quality guided walks that focus on delivering an exemplary guest experience, whilst continuously reflecting the values of cultural and socially sustainable practices and environmentally responsible operations.  Through slow journeying on foot we provide the opportunity for guest to step out of the every day and embark upon superb journeys into wild land and seacapes.  

We actively care for the places we operate in and endeavour to instil our values of environmental and cultural integrity on our guests and across every level of our company.  Our philosophy of belonging, fostering simplicity, environmental and cultural integrity, passionate leadership, genuine fun and 'wow''-ing our guests, speaks to our commitment to care for both people and the environment. 

Our Vision

To design, create and deliver high quality guest orientated guided walking experiences showcasing Australia's iconic and incomparable land and seascapes; complemented by delicous locally sourced chef inspired menus and outstanding architecturally designed eco-lodge accommodation.

Our Values

  • Respect for cultural expression and practices
  • Understanding the significance of keeping Indigneous cultural practices, tradition and law alive
  • Promoting and protecting wild places
  • Sharing the unique cultures and histories of these special places, with awareness and sensitivity
  • Providing a fully supported guided experience that resonate with peo-ple form all walks of life 
  • Providing all inclusive, fully immersive experience in culture and nature - providing a space in which guests have time to form greater connection to humanity, nature and themselves
  • Promoting wild place as sites for healing, therapy, escape, space for contemplation and release
  • Providing sensitive and appropriate small scale eco-development that is ecologically and culturally sustainable 

Our History

The Australian Walking Company was formed in early 2015, but our origins are over 30 years old.  We have partnered with industry leader, the Tasmanian Walking Company in relaising a dream to showcase Australia's natural landscape on foot.  Our aim is to raise awareness of, and promote, Australia's outstanding walking destinations and journeys. 

The combined in-house expereience of the Australian Walking Company and The Tasmanian Walking Company is exemplary.  The Australian Walking Company owns and operates the award winning Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk; and the Tasmanian Walking Company has over 30 years experience operating high quality mulitple award winning (including 2017 Hall of Fame Australian Tourism Award for Eco-Tourism) multi-day guided walking experiences.  The Australian Walking Company is also currently creating an existing new four day guided walking experience along the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, scheduled to commence in October 2019.

The partnership between the Australian Walking Company and the Tasmanian Walking Company currently exclusively operate six walks across Tasmania and Victoria and employ around 150 staff.  The Tasmanian Walking Company is the market leader of high quality guided walks with private accommodaiton in Australia and internationally.  This reputation has been earned through continued innovation, long term demonstrated sustainability and adaptation across every element of the business.

In 1985 the Tasmanian Government called for expressions of interest for a commercial operator to develop an “accommodation based” guided walk along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park.  Cradle Mountain Huts Pty Ltd was offered the unique privilege of undertaking this project. In 1987 we constructed four private huts. In 1997 we built our fifth hut. All our huts are subject to stringent environmental guidelines. These huts formed the basis of the six day guided walk which has now been operating successfully for over 30 years.

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk was developed in 1999. The Lodge itself is located on 35 hectares of private land and is surrounded by the Mount William National Park and adjoining the coast.  Built on a restricted footprint among the native casuarinas, the Lodge has been designed to minimise its environmental impact. Consequently it is small scale, sustainable and able to exist autonomously. 

The setting of the Lodge ensures minimal disturbance to the natural features and maximum connection with its surrounds. Shielded from all angles except one, the Lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Tasman Sea.

In 2014 we introduced the Wineglass Bay Sail Walk into our range of walking experiences, staying aboard our luxury ketch Lady Eugenie whilst experiencing some of the best national parks Tasmania has to offer on foot.

In September 2018 Tasmanian Walking Company will depart on the first Three Capes Lodge Walk.   We will be offering the only fully guided experience with private Lodge accommodation within the National Park.

An Award Winning Partnership... with the Tasmanian Walking Company

 

2017 Gold - Australian Tourism Awards - Ecotourism
5 Ecotourism Gold Blue
Ata 2015 Gold Ecotourism Blue Hr Cmyk 05

Sustainable Travel

We take sustainable travel seriously and strive to incorporate sustainable travel practices into all aspects of our business.

We follow best practice track guidelines on our walks.  We follow designated trails and remove all waste from our huts, camps and lodge and recycle wherever possible. We ensure our guidelines are up-to-date by working closely with National Parks and Wildlife Services.

When it comes to best environmental practice we are seen as leaders within our industry. We continually monitor current best practice to ensure we are keeping up to date.

We encourage our guests to become engaged with the natural surroundings. This leads to a strong sense of ownership and custodianship of our wild places. 

For more details on sustainable bushwalking please visit http://www.lnt.org.au/documents/private/green-guide-to-bushwalking.pdf

We are proud to have achieved our Advanced Eco Accreditation in 2013.