Back in Melbourne I want to let you know that I had a wonderful experience on the overland track. With my 63 years I made it! I was so pleased to achieve this. Thanks to the perfect organisation and the good care of the guides.
Tasmanian Expeditions operates in some of the world's most pristine and beautiful environments, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.
We have an exceptional record of successfully utilising minimum impact procedures to ensure that the wilderness values that inspire us are undiminished by our activities. Our passion for the Tasmanian wilderness is at the core of our values, we are informed and guided by this, ensuring that everything we do is carefully managed for sustainability.
We invite you to experience the wilderness with us, so that you can experience the transformation that nature can bring, yet be assured that you will not be transforming nature. Our environmental policies together with your help and co-operation will ensure that we can safe guard the pristine wilderness areas in which we operate.
The ECO Certification Program is a world first. It has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. It is also now being exported to the rest of the world as the International ECO Certification Program.
On 20 February 2013, we achieved Ecotourism Certification at the ECO IV level for all the tours owned and operated by Tasmanian Expeditions. These tours include:
The Overland Track | Cradle Mountain & the West | The Walls of Jerusalem Experience | Cradle Mountain Experience | Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem | Walls of Jerusalem Circuit | Overland Track Winter Trek | Walls of Jerusalem Winter Experience | Tarkine Experience | Blue Tier and the Bay of Fires | Freycinet Walk | Three Capes Walk and Tasman Penisula | Cycle, Kayak & Walk Tasmania | South Coast Track | Port Davey Track | Mt Anne Circuit
GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM COUNCIL (GSTC)
The GSTC are an independent body that establishes and manages global standards for sustainability in travel and tourism with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices.
The GSTC Approved tick logo means that our ECO certified products are certified under a certification program, namely Ecotourism Australia’s ECO certification, is using a Global Sustainable Tourism Council -recognised standard, is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and approved by the GSTC, and that the certification procedures largely meet international standards for transparency, impartiality, and competence.
HOW ARE WE REDUCING OUR IMPACT?
Our operations: In the office and warehouse Tasmanian Expeditions will endeavour to recycle all recyclable refuse. The company will keep its consumption of paper water and power to an absolute minimum. We will keep our vehicles serviced and running smoothly, thus reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Our leaders: In the field our leaders will be aware of the impact they and their group will have when travelling through any environment. They will be able to teach minimum impact travel techniques to participants so that irreversible damage can be prevented. In particular, leaders will be familiar with the minimal impact bushwalking guidelines published by the Tasmanian Department of Parks Wildlife and Heritage and will be an expert at putting these into practice, and at adapting them for activities other than bushwalking. Leaders will be ‘purist’ in their approach to the environment in general and to these guidelines in particular and will always seek to improve their own and their participants environmental performance.
Leaders will be able to discuss environmental issues in a sensitive non-combative way thus introducing participants to what may be new and challenging ideas. The aim is to engage participants into taking responsibility for their own environmental actions both on the trip and following it.
Through our trips our leaders will encourage and promote an understanding of local conservation. This will be achieved by the interpretation of natural and historic values and ensure our presence has no effect on historic, Aboriginal and archaeological locations.
Leave NO TRACE Policy
Minimal impact techniques are used to reduce the effects that people have on the environment. Minimal impact bushwalking (MIB) allows walkers to enjoy their natural surroundings without causing too much environmental degradation. It's all about walking softly.
The use of fuel stoves: Campfires cause unsightly scars on the landscape. Burning and collecting wood can destroy homes for small plants and animals. Escaped campfires can lead to disastrous bushfires. For these reasons the entire Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and some other areas in Tasmania have been declared Fuel Stove Only Areas, this means campfires are not permitted and fines apply. When using a fuel stove take care to place your stove and any hot pots on hard surfaces. Some vegetation does not easily recover from the heat of stoves and pots.
Pack it in - pack it out: Take all of your rubbish out with you! Why? Littering spoils the experience for others. Most rubbish won't decompose and causes pollution. Animals may try to eat your rubbish; this can seriously harm them. Rubbish includes food scraps, twisty ties, sanitary pads and tampons, condoms, and any other bushwalkers' garbage you can collect off the track!
Stay on track: For your own safety and the environment's sake, please stick to the formed track. If the track is braided or wide stay in the middle. If there is no track, fan out and do not follow in each other's footsteps. Never create a track with tape or cairns. This is illegal and fines apply. When walking on beaches, please be aware that you are sharing the beach with shore-nesting birds. Walk below the high-tide mark.
Campsite etiquette: Pitch your tent on an established site rather than creating a new one. If raised tent platforms exist please use them. Once camp is established minimise your movements. Collect your water once for the evening rather than making repeat trips. A large water carrier like a MSR 10 Litre bladders are great for this. Make sure you leave no trace of your visit.
Flora and fauna: Minimise your impact on the local wildlife populations. Don’t disturb or feed nesting birds or browsing animals. Ensure clients and staff are not introducing weeds or seeds into new areas by thoroughly cleaning boots tents and other equipment before and after each trip.
Phytophthora procedures: The root rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi is present in Tasmania. This microscopic fungus is transmitted in mud and soil and can kill native plants. To help stop the spread of Phytophthora make sure you start the walk with clean gear including boots, tent pegs, gaiters and tent floor. Make sure you use wash down stations when they are provided on track. At the end of your walk thoroughly wash down all of your equipment.
Toilets in the bush: If a toilet exists please use it! This will help reduce the risk of Giardia, which can cause an intestinal illness. If there is no toilet then walk 100m away from water, the track and campsites and dig a 15cm hole and bury your waste and the toilet paper as well.
Keep Streams Tarns and Lakes clean: When cleaning and washing, wash well away from the water source. Soaps, detergents, Insect repellent, toothpaste and sun lotion are harmful to water life, avoid using these substances in areas where they can cause damage.
Fires: This issue is only pertinent to the penitentiary on Maria Island and Little Deadman’s Bay on the South Coast. Having a fire is not an essential part of a camping experience, but if the weather is wet and cold, as it can be in the South West, it can be a good for the group morale. Where allowed, use small fires and minimal dead wood. During the day, never leave a fire unattended and extinguish it on vacating the site. Remove excess ash, leave a clean fire pit and only burn paper product rubbish. Otherwise Tasmanian Expeditions allows no fires on tour.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL GUIDEBOOK
As an organisation, the World Expeditions Group of companies are all committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. It was a commitment formed when the company was established, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment, our commitment is stronger than ever. You can help us achieve our vision by reading the award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook online.
GREEN GUARDIANS PROGRAM
The Green Guardians Program entails active encouragement of both our travellers and guides to engage in small scale conservation projects whilst on holiday in Tasmania with us.
The three projects that Tasmanian Expeditions will be focused on in the coming season are;
- Weed removal on the Franklin River. The primary focus will be upon Blackberry eradication though other weeds are also on the list. We will provide GPS coordinates of infestation sites that will be recorded and monitored by the TPWS.
- Birdlife surveys and ID on sections of the South Coast Track. Raising awareness of threatened species and impacts of human interaction. Again information and co-ordinates will be recorded to fill in the ‘blanks’ for information on birdlife in Tasmania. Most of Tassie’s coastline has been surveyed for information on species habitat and numbers but the south Coast is devoid of information at present so it will be of great benefit to Parks and the wider scientific community for us to help gather information in this area.
- Rubbish collection and classification on the South Coast Track. We have agreed to store extra barrels at our second food drop for rubbish collection along the coastline. Once again this is aimed to raise awareness of the impacts of plastics etc breaking down and entering the food chain through consumption by seabirds and other marine life.
By travelling with Tasmanian Expeditions on the Franklin River or the South Coast Track you are choosing to help guard our previous wilderness regions.
For more information visit the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service website.