Our Business Commitment
To protecting Tasmania's wilderness
The entire staff of Tasmanian Expeditions share a deep commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Tasmanian wilderness. We are dedicated to ensuring we adopt a responsible attitude to the areas we travel through. Our key aim is to maximise the positive benefits tourism can deliver whilst minimising the impact of any potentially damaging social, cultural or environmental consequences.
We are dedicated to building a sustainable travel business - environmental, social and ethical considerations are key to our decision-making processes.
Actions that are taken, on an operational level, to reduce our impact on the environment are –
- We recycle all plastic packaging, office paper, cardboard and food containers, ink cartridges are recycled. We repair and reuse damaged and redundant expedition gear.
- We keep our vehicles serviced and running smoothly, thus reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
- Our policy is to source locally produced food first, Australian-grown second and imported if absolutely unavoidable.
- We ensure that guides are composting any organic waste produced on accommodated trips. A barrel is provided and the organic matter is composted off site.
- We actively support NGO conservation groups. For example, conservationist Geoff Law regularly leads trips down the Franklin River with us to talk to clients about the conservation battle to stop the iconic wild river from being damned in the 1980s.
- We have partnered with the Parks and Wildlife service to help facilitate the ‘Green Guardians’ project. This entails guides and clients helping with wildlife surveys, rubbish collection and removal and weed eradication on the Franklin River.
The protection of the delicate Tasmanian environment is very important to us, not only as a company but to the individuals that make up the company. Our guides work to actively manage and reduce the environmental impact of our business by teaching minimum impact travel techniques to clients, so that irreversible damage can be prevented.
Following the minimal impact bushwalking guidelines published by the Tasmanian Department of Parks Wildlife and Heritage, our guides and are experts at putting these into practice, and at adapting them for activities other than bushwalking. We pride ourselves on our ‘purist’ approach to the environment in general, and our guides can comfortably discuss environmental issues in a sensitive way, encouraging clients to take responsibility for their own environmental actions both on the trip and following it. This is achieved by the interpretation of natural and historic values and ensures our presence has no effect on historic, Aboriginal and archaeological locations.
Our Local Suppliers
As a local business, we recognise the importance of supporting the local tourism trade in Tasmania, and use local suppliers for almost all purchases prior to trips including food and beverage, accommodation and local activity providers. We support other local smaller tour operators and include some of their experiences in our multi-activity packages so that we can help travellers experience the diversity of Tasmania that we are so passionate about. We also support smaller locally owned and operated hotel and accommodation providers and use these for our accommodation on trips. This support brings additional income into the community we travel throough, as well as benefits travellers by allowing them to have a genuinely Tasmanian experience.
Recommend Local Businesses
We recommend many smaller local businesses for accommodation pre and post trip, as well as activities and suppliers which maintain relationships with local organizations. This actively promotes local products and well as increasing the clients length of stay on the island.
Building Awareness Of The Great Walks Of Tasmania
Tasmanian Expeditions was instrumental in the set up of the Great Walks of Tasmania in 2011, and remain an active sponsor of this not for profit group which is dedicated to promoting Tasmania’s best walking tourism opportunities.
Local Job Creation
Tasmanian Expeditions considers local job creation and applies an effort to employ members of the local community. Guides employed who may not originate from Tasmania have a love and passion for the island and show understanding and respect for local cultures and the environment.
Educate About Aboriginal Heritage
Our guides recognise and respect the area's Traditional Owners, and share these stories by alluding to stories of creation, educating on migratory routes, seasonal hunting grounds and individual tribes land management practices. This benefits the local community by creating awareness of the cultural significance of the area and also enhancing your experience and understanding of the lands in which they walk upon.