NEW: Biking & hiking Australian adventures

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Australian company Grasshopper Adventures have curated a selection of small group biking, hiking and kayaking tours in Australia – creating the sort of off-the-beaten track tours they are well known for in Asia.

Hiking to Cape Raoul

Hiking to Cape Raoul

It was 15 years ago when Grasshopper Adventures started taking Australian travellers to Laos and Cambodia to explore Asia by bicycle. The disruption to international travel has meant a rethink and the Australian owned recently launched Australian tours. The company has created an enticing selection of outdoor and soft adventure tours in Tasmania and Queensland. Tours to other Australian destinations are soon to be released.

Grasshopper Adventures has been synonymous with biking and Asia for years, but the Australian tours come in a different flavor. These tours all feature a mix of activities that include peaceful biking, beautiful hikes and days spent kayaking on stunning, iconic waterways.

Hiking the trails of Bunya Mountains in southeast Queensland

Hiking the trails of Bunya Mountains in southeast Queensland

“To really experience the natural environment in a meaningful way, we had to go beyond biking,” explains Grasshopper owner & chief, Adam Platt-Hepworth who grew up in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. “We also regard it as crucial to avoid lots of vehicle time and packing andunpacking. The tours are designed so that you spend maximum time outdoors, in nature and with like-minded people.”

Kayaking on Tasmania’s east coast

Kayaking on Tasmania’s east coast

When asked to list a few highlights of the tours, Adam says that there are too many to list, but the first five that come to mind are:

  1. Riding through the rustic landscape of the Brisbane Valley and hanging out in a tiny country pub for an evening

  2. Hiking the trails of the Bunya Mountains and learning about the major aboriginal corroborees that took place there, centered around the sacred tree by the same name

  3. Kayaking the Noosa Everglades

  4. Biking the subtly beautiful northeast Tasmanian countryside then hiking the coast at Freycinet

  5. Kayaking the dramatic coast of the Tasman Peninsula in the sheltered waters of Fortescue Bay

Designed with a view to maximising community involvement, the tours feature visits to wineries, artisan’s studios and local farms with accommodations that include small-scale, family owned properties.

“We learned this from our work in Asia,” says Adam. “You need to ensure that the conduct of tours benefits and works in harmony with local communities in order to earn the legitimacy and authenticity that travelers expect”.

Good accommodation with time to savour the serenity of the Australian landscape is also part of Grasshopper Adventures.

More information: Grasshopper Adventures

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle

Unwind at the end of an active day at Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

Unwind at the end of an active day at Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

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