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Ecotours and Walking in the High Country and East Gippsland Regions of Victoria


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Who are the Guides?
How many will be in the group?
What if I am travelling on my own?
Do I really get close to nature?
What does the tick mean?
What is included in the tour price?
How do I book?
How much walking will there be?
Where do the tours start and can I use public transport?
What sort of vehicle do we travel in?
Do I have any assurance of quality?
 

How many will be in the Group, what do you mean by small group tours?

Group size never exceeds 11 participants led by one or two guides and on many tours and walks the group size is limited to 4 participants only.

You enjoy the fun and companionship of other like-minded nature lovers without the crowd and our small personalised groups reduce impacts on the environment while maximising your experience. Friendships are often formed and many solo travellers comment how much they enjoy the friendly and inclusive groups.

At Gippsland High Country Tours we are proud of our return client base and our recommendation rate.  On any tour you are likely to find other participants who are repeat clients. Some have travelled with us more than a dozen times.


Small groups enhance your experience


What if I am travelling on my own? 

So do many others, so you are unlikely to be the only solo traveller in the group. This is a great way to meet other like-minded travellers. As fares are twin-share you will be sharing a room with another participant of the same sex.

If you would prefer a room (or tent if it is a camping tour) to yourself, this can usually be arranged if you book early, however an additional Single Supplement will be charged on top of the advertised fare.

Contact us for details.


Enjoy the companionship of like-minded travellers


Do I really get close to nature?

Absolutely! We will help you re-connect with nature and re-vitalise your senses. Relax, breathe in the clear air and take time to smell the fragrant bush scents, listen to the waves lapping on a deserted beach or touch the smooth trunks of the snowgums.

You choose the level of activity you want but regardless of which tour you select, you can be assured that the pace is relaxed with lots of interaction with nature. In addition your guide will share an appreciation and understanding of the environments you visit so you return home feeling richer for the experience.

There will be stories of local history and interesting facts about plants and wildlife, but we also encourage you to take the time for birdwatching, taking photographs, wondering about geology and landscapes or to get on your knees to look up close at wildflowers.

Peace and quiet are precious moments in this modern world with its relentless digital demands so we understand how important it is to give you time for solitude so you can take in your surroundings at you own pace and enjoy the atmosphere.


Stand still and just listen to the quiet sounds of the forest





What does the Tick mean?

Australia’s Ecotourism Certification Program is an innovative “world first” program. It is a national scheme with hundreds of products across every state and territory of Australia. 
Choosing a product that displays an Eco Certification logo means you will enjoy an experience with a quality operator, leaving minimal impact on the environment.

Advanced Ecotourism Certification recognises Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

Gippsland High Country Tours is proud that all ecotour and walk products in the regular program have received Advanced Eco Certification.


Gippsland High Country Tours is also certified as a Green Travel Leader which recognises businesses who have been eco certified for over 10 years demonstrating their commitment to quality and environmental responsibility. In our case it we had held Ecotourism Accreditation for 19 years now!



What is included in the tour price or fare and how do I get a detailed itinerary?

All tours and walks on the program are all-inclusive packages.  Life is busy and making holiday arrangements take time so all our ecotours and walks are fully packaged and the price is all inclusive.  We make all the arrangements, and do all the planning right down to your accommodation and meals. 

All fares are twin-share and are inclusive of travel from departure point (usually Bairnsdale), accommodation, all meals as per itinerary and expertise of local guides. All fares are GST inclusive. (On camping tours the fare includes the use of general camping equipment)

Full day by day itineraries are available on request for every trip, use the enquiry form or email us on info@gippslandhighcountrytours.com.au

As well as detailing activities and destinations for each day, itineraries also include departure and return times, with full details of accommodation and meals that are included in the tour price.

All you need to do is make your booking, pack your bag and arrive at the departure point.  Then just relax and enjoy what nature provides with guided walks, birdwatching, relaxation time or a more educational experience – the choice is yours.


Meals are included, either provided by your guides or enjoyed at local eateries

 

 




How do I book?

Use the enquiry form or email us on info@gippslandhighcountrytours.com.au to request a full itinerary for the tour/s you have selected, check availability or to reserve a place.

You will be sent a booking form which needs to be completed and returned with deposit of $200 per person.

Balance is due 30 days prior to departure.


Wildlife encounters are always a joy.


How much walking?

That is entirely up to you! All trips are graded according to the length and difficulty of walks.

If you want short, easy nature walks at a leisurely paces, select a trip graded EASY. There will be time for birdwatching, wildflowers rambles, history and or just enjoying nature and the landscapes.

For more energetic day walks (half and up to full days) choose a trip graded MODERATE or even CHALLENGING.  Walking is a great way to escape the stresses of your everyday life and immerse yourself in nature.

Overnight Backpacking hikes for serious adventurers are found under WILDERNESS BUSHWALKS and require a good level of fitness and a keen sense of adventure. These hikes are only scheduled when there is sufficient demand, so let us know if you are interested.


Where do the tours start and can I use public transport?

Nearly all the tours commence in Bairnsdale which is in the East Gippsland region of Victoria and yes you can get there on public transport.  You need to make your own arrangements to travel to Bairnsdale, but we are very happy to help with travel advice or suggest accommodation in the area if you would like to extend your stay.

Train to Bairnsdale: Using the train is a great option and it is more eco-friendly than an extra car on the road. You can sit back and relax, catch up on some sleep, read or enjoy the passing scenery.  V/Line offer multiple train and train/coach services daily from Melbourne to Bairnsdale and on most tours, the itinerary fits around train arrival and departure times so your guide will be there to meet you at Bairnsdale Station when you arrive.

You book your own ticket with V/Line, choosing either Economy or First Class and can access any discounts V/Line offer (ie: Pensioner discount, Senior discount, or use a Pensioner Free Rail Pass).  The train starts at Southern Cross Station, Melbourne but also stops briefly at Flinders St., Caulfield and Dandenong to pick-up and set down passengers.  Reserved seating is available on most services as is First Class.   Help reduce your carbon footprint by using public transport!

Driving to Bairnsdale:  Bairnsdale is approximately 3½- 4 hours drive east of Melbourne on Highway 1.  Off the street car parking can usually be arranged nearby for the duration of the tour. 

Gippsland High Country Tours map of Victoria


Gippsland High Country Tours map of Gippsland





What sort of vehicle do we travel in? 

We select the best vehicle for each tour depending on the terrain travelled and the size of the group.

A modern Toyota Landcruiser 4WD station wagon (right, top) seats 4 passengers for smaller groups. This has a high step so speak to us if you feel this might be a problem.  Luggage is stowed in the rear of the vehicle.

When 4WD is not required and there is a larger group, an 11 seater minibus (right, centre) is a comfortable way to travel. The minibus has a low step and luggage is stowed in the rear or on a trailer for larger groups.

Please ask at the time of booking if you would like to know more details about the vehicle to be used on your particular trip.

Our very capable 4WD Arkana safari bus (right, bottom) is a classic outback tour vehicle featuring comfortable forward facing bus-style seating for a maximum of 9 passengers.  We are very fond of this vehicle, but it is currently not in service, pending some restoration and modifications to suit current passenger vehicle regulations.


Do I have any assurance of quality?

Yes you do. All ecotours and walks have Advanced Ecotourism Certification under the EcoCertification Program run by Ecotourism Australia. 

Gippsland High Country Tours is licensed by Parks Victoria, are certified Green Travel Leaders and certified under the Respecting Our Culture Program. We are also members of Wildlife Tourism Australia.

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