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Walking Tours Tasmania

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is descriptive of what this web site is about, but is only part of our of our core business Outdoor Tasmania (separate web site) which runs a private charter service for bush walkers trading under the name Outdoor Recreational Transport & an outdoor educational facilitation service for schools & youth organisations trading under the name Outdoor Educational Services. Outdoor Recreational Transport was started about five years ago and is descriptive of our private charter service for bush walkers wanting access to many of the main walking tracks in the Tasmania Highlands & other National Parks. Outdoor Educational Services has been in existence for about fifteen years & its primary function is to offer an outdoor educational facilitation service for schools & youth organisations.

Our walking tour program is fairly new and has come about partly due to requests from some interstate & overseas visitors to be taken on guided walks and my own desire to indulge my passion for walking, particularly when walks include the opportunity to explore the early history of Tasmania including forgotten mining sites, the development of our primary industries to our convict past with its legacy of some fine buildings and other structures that are still prominent in the Tasmanian landscape today. This is in addition to some flora & fauna unique to this island state.

Originally from the UK, I have now lived and worked in Tasmania for over 30 years. I have always been involved in some way with Outdoor Education, from running my first commercial outdoor programs for the general public in the early 80’s, Adult Education classes in Bush Walking & Navigation, involvement in the Emergency Services with the SES to my present business providing transport for bush walkers as well as running school programs. I have spent a number of years teaching outdoor education in schools, initially with Launceston Church Grammar in the early 90’s and currently on a contract basis for Scotch Oakburn College.

The concept behind these walking holidays is to guide small groups of interested individuals through scenically attractive rural & coastal areas of lowland Tasmania as well as highland areas as we develop our walking programs, visiting & sometimes stopping at places & properties of both historic and cultural interest. Walking Tours Tasmania’s philosophy is to engage as many local people as possible to act as interpretive guides who will occasionally accompany the lead guide and provide informed dialogue on local history, wildlife, flora, farming and other rural industries.

These holidays will, we feel, be attractive to the more mature age groups 40 + or family groups with older teenage children who want an active, interesting holiday that stimulates the mind as well as the body, without the need to carry heavy back packs & at the end of each day to be accommodated in a variety of specially selected hotels, rural inns, guesthouses & occasionally specially constructed "safari style" camp sites where no other accommodation option exists. Traversing many rural areas, most of which will be on private land the cooperation of the land owners has been paramount to the success of each walk. It is hoped that these walks will not only benefit our clients, but also the land & property owners themselves whereby they too have a stake, by providing the services that we need such as accommodation, guided tours, interpretation or be it just a payment per head for passing through their property.

Paul Grigg.