As Guest Speaker at the Conference, Robert Pennicott will present his Remarkable Journey on the circumnavigation of Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. They departed Sydney on the 2nd June 2011 and travelled anticlockwise around the entire coast of Australia in two 5.4m Naiad RIBs (18ft dinghies). They arrived back in Sydney on the 11th September. Their trip was divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles. On 48 of the segments, two seats were auctioned to the highest bidder to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Eradication and conservation.
Today, there are six experiences in the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys family. Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises showcase the spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife of Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.
From Hobart, there is Iron Pot Cruises and Tasmanian Seafood Seduction. The Bruny Island Traveller is a land-based gourmet day tour of Bruny Island departing from Hobart. The sixth experience is the exciting new Three Capes Track, in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is 100% Carbon Offset and an Advanced Ecotourism Certified operator. It is assessed annually by EarthCheck and exceeds world’s best practice standards for efficient fuel, energy and water use.
The company also donates directly to a range of conservation, humanitarian and community projects. The Pennicott Foundation has been established as the flagship for these important philanthropic activities.
To date the company has contributed $160,000 towards coastal conservation projects undertaken by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. In 2010 $100,000 was donated towards the eradication of feral cats from Tasman Island. Since the successful eradication, 50,000 breeding seabirds are being saved each year.
In 2016 the Pennicott Foundation gave $60,000 to kick-start the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service project to eradicate rats from Big Green Island.