What is the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation?
In 1985 Tasmanian Walking Company was offered the special privilege of developing a multi-day walking experience along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Huts became the flagship for Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company who now have six multi-day guided walks in wilderness areas.
As passionate tour operators, the walking companies decided that operating in national parks comes with a clear obligation in terms of preserving the natural and cultural integrity of these wild spaces. They began funding wildlife rescue programs, reforestation initiatives and educational activities that encourage advocacy of conservation sites.
In 2018, the decision was made to centralise the not-for-profit efforts with the formation of the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation. The Foundation was officially launched in June 2020 on World Environment Day with a commitment to donating $1 million. Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company are recognised leaders in environmental travel practices with an ethos of leaving nothing behind.
Our vision is to inspire people to connect with and conserve the natural environment and culture of the Australian wilderness for the generations to come.
- Advancing the natural environment by undertaking conservation projects in Australia’s wilderness areas including revegetation and reforestation.
- Advocating for the protection of public land from threats including deforestation and mining exploration to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities.
- Advancing culture by conserving and celebrating Australian heritage
- Supporting rescue and rehabilitation programs for orphaned or injured native animals.
- Advocating for mental health and wellbeing programs in nature
- Protection of the natural heritage values of national parks.
- Conservation of Australia’s wilderness areas including revegetation and reforestation
- Protection of public land from threats including deforestation and mining exploration to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities
- Education programs that create advocates for national parks and promote the mental health benefits of walking in nature.
- Community awareness of ecology and environmental issues in wilderness Australia.
- Rescue and rehabilitation programs for orphaned or injured native animals.