The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-04T22:25:00Z $1 Million Pledge on World Environment Day 2020 2020-06-04T22:25:00Z 1-million-pledge-on-world-environment-day-2020 Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) is excited to announce the official launch of its philanthropic initiative that will cultivate real change in support of Australian conservation projects. The initiative, called Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation, will focus on innovative programs that restore balance to threatened ecosystems while protecting vulnerable native animals and promoting sustainable use of wilderness areas.  Born from a heritage of charitable roots Tasmanian Walking Company raised $112000 for the Australian Bushfire relief and recovery earlier this year. The Foundation will provide a guarantee of raising $1 million over the next five years. Brett Godfrey, Co-owner said, "On World Environment Day this year we are celebrating our ongoing commitment to nature and inspiring positive change by launching the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation. Today marks an important milestone in centralising our philanthropic efforts in our pursuit to raise a deeper awareness of environmental stewardship’. Gary Smith, Chairman, Great Walks of Australia said, “Amid the challenges of COVID-19, it is fantastic to see Tasmanian Walking Company showing leadership in the tourism industry at a time where we need to lift spirits and give people something genuine to embrace. The new Foundation has embarked on an exciting strategy and I look forward to seeing the positive contribution it makes to the environmental conservation of our magnificent national assets”. The Foundation will provide a platform for walkers to give back to the wilderness areas they visit and in turn, help conserve the natural and cultural heritage for generations to come. Walkers will be able to add a charitable contribution to their booking and an employee donation matching scheme will be established.  TWC will cover all administration costs with 100% of the money raised donated. In 2021 the Foundation will launch its ‘Heart of Nature’ Charity Walk with the simultaneous departure of four fundraising walks accompanied by a virtual reality social media awareness campaign. The first-of-its-kind four-day event will be offered free of charge to participants who, in exchange, will be required to fundraise a minimum of $5000. The all-inclusive guided walks involved in the campaign will be Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Three Capes Lodge Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.  Fundraising efforts will be spent on boots-on-the-ground projects that advocate for the conservation of public land to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Campaigns will focus on revegetation projects and the expansion of protected areas such as the Tarkine where less than 5% is national park areas despite being the world’s second-largest cool temperature rainforest.   Heath Garratt, General Manager said, “Operating walks in such precious locations comes with the responsibility of preserving the natural wilderness and cultural diversity of these wild spaces. Under the Foundation we have a great capacity to extend the reach of fundraising, drive new initiatives and build on existing partnerships such as Wildcare. It’s a big step in our bid to actively support conservation projects and inspire people to advocate for issues they care most about”. Sharon Smith, CEO, Wildcare Tasmania added, “Wildcare and Tas Walking Company have worked alongside each other for many years, particularly in the Bay of Fires region with the very successful larapuna community weekend clean-ups.  Tas Walking Company are always on the front foot to care for Tasmania’s environment and to support not for profit charities.  I am excited to see what new conservation initiatives they will progress under the new Foundation!” Further information is available on the Foundation’s new website: Visit www.TWCFoundation.com.au.  Click this link for a photo of Guide Sanja on the Overland Track About Tasmanian Walking Company 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. The company (inclusive of Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company) now has six multi-day guided walks in wilderness areas across Australia.  TWC operates four of the twelve Great Walks of Australia and is a recognised leader in environmental travel practices winning numerous national tourism awards. TWC is an inductee in the hall of fame at the Qantas National Tourism Awards as Australia’s best eco-tourism operator. THREE CAPES LODGE WALK, TASMANIA OPENS 2018-09-05T00:43:19Z three-capes-lodge-walk-tasmania-opens Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) is excited to announce the official opening of Australia’s most anticipated and sustainable wilderness lodges with the unveiling of Three Capes Lodge Walk. The four-day 46 km walk offers a fully guided experience of the ‘edge of the world’ Three Capes Track, and is the newest addition to the Great Walks of Australia collection.  The opening reveals the extensive lengths Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) has taken to preserve the ecology by using trailblazing initiatives. Three Capes Lodge Walk is the fourth multi-day walk for the market leader who is the only commercial operator entrusted with providing private lodge accommodation, supporting a guided walking experience within the Tasman National Park. Brett Godfrey, Co-owner said, "Today marks an important milestone in Australia’s walking landscape and a new era of conservation-based tourism. We are thrilled to open Australia’s most innovative and environmentally sustainable lodges, and offer this unparalleled experience of the Three Capes”. Brett continued, “The opening signifies the next phase in our pursuit to redefine the current perception and raise awareness of Australia’s exceptional walking destinations and associated product offerings.”Andrew McEvoy, Chairman, Great Walks of Australia said, “Tasmanian Walking Company has set a new benchmark not just for Australian walking experiences, but for great experiences in general. Three Capes Lodge Walk is world class with the star of the show being the Tasmanian wilderness.”The lodges are a reflection of the iconic and remarkable landscape and focus on ecological preservation, utilising best practice environmental technologies from around the world. Predominately constructed with non-reflective Tasmanian materials, the buildings feature suspended floors to ensure minimal ground disturbance, and separate roof structures that follow the contour of the existing landscape, blending seamlessly with nature. Lightweight modular sleeping pods are positioned beneath the tree canopy, with all servicing systems, water tanks and battery store hidden in a sub floor beneath the main level of each building. Environmental technologies allow for future proofing as new technology is developed or refined. Advancements include Australia’s first recycling showers. The Swedish design filters and recirculates 5 Litres of shower water and requires 80% less energy consumption. The innovative off grid renewable energy system has PV solar panels bolstered by Archimedes wind turbines, which are intrinsically safe to birdlife with no rotor tips. Birdlife is further protected through clever use of operable external timber screens to prevent birds striking windows. Heath Garratt, General Manager said, “Building lodges in such a precious location comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural wilderness and cultural integrity of the Tasman National Park. It was imperative for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint, and we look forward to showcasing our lodges and this outstanding walking track to our guests”.Three Capes Lodge Walk’s Crescent Lodge and Cape Pillar Lodge offer unrivalled and dramatic views of the Tasman National Park in every direction. Providing the perfect fusion of sustainable living, creature comforts and contemporary design, the lodge draws inspiration from the rich cultural offerings of the region. Large sliding doors in the living and communal spaces invite the outdoors in, with simple, earthy toned furnishings, and natural exposed timber joinery made from trees removed during construction. The lodges feature 7 double/ optional twin rooms with floor to ceiling windows to continue the immersive experience.The lodge menus have been designed to harness Tasmania’s already flourishing food and beverage offering including fine wines and beers, as well as seasonal dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Guides creatively prepare three-course feasts at the end of the walking day, whilst guests settle on a suitable outdoor perch taking in the magnificent sunset with a glass of Tassie wine.The Relaxation Pavilion at Cape Pillar Lodge offers a private oasis of tranquility allowing guests to escape into an environment of rejuvenation and healing. The spa therapist is available onsite exclusively for walking guests, and offers a range of massage techniques combined with Australian made Li’Tya pure botanicals. The pavilion also features an outdoor bath nestled into the surrounding woodland.Three Capes Lodge Walk commences with a private boat trip to Denman’s Cove. Walkers venture along the coastal woodlands to Surveyors Cove, and take in the staggering views from Crescent Lodge across Crescent Bay and beyond to Cape Raoul. Day two invites walkers to climb Arthur’s Peak and skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge, before retiring for the first of two nights at Cape Pillar Lodge. Day three commences with a walk through silver gum forest, and out to the highest sea cliffs in Australia at Cape Pillar. The final day of the walk climbs to 483 metres above sea level to the walk’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, and offers a stunning side trip to Cape Hauy before descending to the white sands of Fortescue Bay for sparkling wine and canapés to toast the four-day achievement.Three Capes Lodge Walk bookings at www.tasmanianwalkingcompany.com.auor call +61 (0)3 63922211   ABOUT TWCTasmanian Walking Company is passionate about showcasing Tasmania’s beautiful national parks and delivering experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Operating for over 30 years, TWC has the privilege of operating the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track with its Cradle Mountain Huts walk. It owns the Bay of Fires Lodge bordering Mount William National Park, and Wineglass Bay Sail Walk, which operates the 72 foot ketch, Lady Eugenie. TWC operates four of the twelve Great Walks of Australia and is a recognised leader in environmental travel practices winning numerous national tourism awards. Earlier this year, TWC was inducted into the hall of fame at the Qantas National Tourism Awards as Australia’s best eco-tourism operator for the third year running.   ABOUT THE OWNERS Brett Godfrey (as CEO) and Rob Sherrard (as Deputy CEO) conceptualised what became Virgin Australia in 1993. In 1999 they convinced Sir Richard Branson to back their plan. At inception and with just $10m in seed capital they took Virgin Blue from 2 aircraft and 2 routes at launch in August 2000, to an IPO in late 2003 valuing the airline at $2.5B, operating over 60 aircraft and 5,000 staff.Jointly, they have invested in several other tourism ventures including Tasmanian Walking Company, Quamby Estate, Low Head Pilot Station, Lake House, Entally Estate in Tasmania and Makepeace Island in Queensland, a joint venture with Sir Richard Branson. Brett’s other tourism interests include board positions with Auckland International airport, Canada’s Westjet airlines and as Chairman of Tourism and Events Queensland.  Three Capes Lodge Walk, Tasmania Open for Bookings 2017-11-01T11:00:17Z three-capes-lodge-walk-tasmania-open-for-bookings Tasmanian Walking Company is excited to announce the official commencement of bookings for the much anticipated Three Capes Lodge Walk. Set to open in September 2018, the move heralds a new era of conservation-based tourism in Australia, and reveals the extensive measures Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) has taken to preserve the Tasman National Park ecology by using trailblazing initiatives in sustainability and conservation. The 30-year old market leader has a sound reputation of treading lightly in the wilderness, and is the only commercial operator entrusted with providing private lodge accommodation, supporting guided walking experiences in the Tasman National Park. Brett Godfrey, Co-owner said, “Three Capes Lodge Walk is the next step forward in our quest to create the most innovative and environmentally sustainable lodges in the world.” Brett continued, “The lodges will be a reflection of the iconic and remarkable landscapes providing the opportunity to be immersed, educated and of course guided safely through our natural environments”. Heath Garratt, General Manager added, “Demand exhibited for the Three Capes Track to date gives us great confidence in this new project. If our other walks are any guide, our guests will arrive as walkers but leave as advocates for our National Parks.” Focussing on ecological preservation, TWC has scoured the world for best practice environmental technologies. The development is set to be the largest investment in the company’s history, with infrastructure utilising off-grid sustainable lodge systems to minimise impact on the surroundings. The distinctive, high quality split-level construction comprises separate skillion roofed structures that follow the contour of the existing landscape to minimise bulk and height. In a quest to blend seamlessly with nature, the lightweight modular sleeping pods are pre-fabricated with each component positioned beneath the tree canopy by helicopter. Environmental technologies allow for future proofing as new technology is developed or refined. Advancements include locally sourced environmentally friendly wall insulation, and Australia’s first recycling showers. The Swedish design filters and recirculates 5 Litres of shower water and requires 80% less energy consumption.   The innovative off grid renewable energy system has PV solar panels bolstered by Archimedes wind turbines, which are intrinsically safe to birdlife with no rotor tips. Birdlife is further protected through clever use of operable external timber screens to prevent birds striking windows. Predominately constructed with non-reflective Tasmanian materials, the lodges will feature suspended floors to ensure minimal ground disturbance. Trees removed during construction will be incorporated into the joinery design and replaced with new trees planted nearby. All servicing systems, water tanks and battery store will be hidden in a sub floor beneath the main level of each building with open lower decks also functioning as a helipad for supply drop-off and removal of all waste. TWC is Australia’s largest operator of multi-day walks, and was awarded the contract by the State Government and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (TPWS), to design, develop and operate the only commercial walk utilising the full Three Capes Track.  The four-day 46 km  walk offers a fully guided experience of the Three Capes Track, complete with lavish meals prepared by guide come chefs, local wines, massages and relaxation baths.  This project is supported by a significant grant from the Australian Government Innovation and Investment Fund. Three Capes Lodge Walk commences with a private boat trip to Denman’s Cove. Walkers venture along the coastal woodlands to Surveyors Cove, and take in the staggering views from Crescent Lodge across Crescent Bay and beyond to Cape Raoul. Day two invites walkers to climb Arthur’s Peak and skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge, before retiring for the first of two nights at Munro Lodge. Day three commences with a walk through silver gum forest, and out to the highest sea cliffs in Australia at Cape Pillar. The final day of the walk climbs to 483 metres above sea level to the walk’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, offers a stunning side trip to Cape Hauy before descending to the white sands of Fortescue Bay for sparkling wine and canapes to toast the four-day achievement. Three Capes Lodge Walk commences September 2018. Booking at www.tasmanianwalkingcompany.com.au or call +61 (0)3 63922211  ABOUT TWC Tasmanian Walking Company, which also owns and operates iconic Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Wineglass Bay Sail Walk, is recognised as a leader in environmental travel practices winning awards for Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism and the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism. Bay of Fires Lodge is the only eco lodge of its kind in Tasmania and won Australasia’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel in 2015 at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. Most recently TWC won Best Ecotourism operator at the 2016 Tasmanian Tourism Awards. All walks managed by TWC hold the highest level of eco-accreditation in Australia. ABOUT THE OWNERS TWC is owned by Rob Sherrard and Brett Godfrey. Together they have invested in several other tourism ventures including Australian Walking Company, Quamby Estate, Entally Estate, Low Head Pilot Station and Makepeace Island in Queensland, a joint venture with Sir Richard Branson. They were the co-founders of Virgin Australia in 2000.