Great Walks takes five with Life's An Adventure general manager Mark Norek on how the walking tour company has coped during COVID lockdown - and what their plans are for the rest of 2020 and beyond.
GRW: What has your company been doing during lockdown?
Even though the lockdown has been devastating for the tourism industry and Life’s An Adventure we have been so grateful for jobkeeper given by the Australian Government. It has allowed us to get all our guides working on what they love best - developing better tours and in particular track notes for our new self-guided tours. In fact we will be shortly launching self-guided walks in every state. It's crazy but we have also added a few more guided walks such as the Snowy Mountains in NSW and every tour has changed. It's either upgrading accommodation or adding cheaper options.
GRW: Now that people are free to travel again what destinations are you focussing on and do you have anything new?
At the moment we are focusing on travel in NSW and Victoria. However once all states are open to travel to, we will also focus on Tasmania as this is our most popular destination. Also our new Self-guided walks will be in every state, such as:
- New South Wales - Blue Mountains 5 and 7 day, Yuragir Coastal Walk 4 day walk, Royal Coast Walk 2 day walk and Six Foot track 3 day walk. (5 self-guided walks in total).
- Tasmania – Three Capes 4 days, Maria Island 3 days, Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair 6 days, Walls of Jerusalem 3 days, Bay of fires 3 days and Bruny Island 4 days. (6 self-guided walks in total).
- Victoria - Grampian’s 6 day, Great Ocean Walk 5 day and complete 8 days, Mornington Peninsular 7 days, Great South West walk 7 days, and Goldfields 4 days (6 in total).
- We will be adding the following guided walks such as the Noosa 3 day walk and the 6 day Carnarvon Gorge walk in Qld, Snowy Mountains 4 day walk, a 3 day Fleurieu Peninsula in SA, Hunter Valley walk and Sydney Harbour walk in NSW and lastly the Karjini walk in WA. Seven new walks in Australia. Now totalling 41 guided walks across Australia!
GRW: How will you be dealing with issues like social distancing, hygiene etc to guarantee clients safety.
Our operations may need to change slightly in regards to your transport on tour and possibly during meal time. No one knows what restrictions will be required come September. Rest assured we will be strictly following advice from government authorities and health officials on stringent protocols which are required. Moving forward, we will have vigilant hand and vehicle sanitising and conduct pre-walk questionnaire screening for clients. The government may decide that clients may need to wear their own face masks on flights to reach their destination and possibly during bus travel.
GRW: What would you say to a Great Walks reader who is considering going on a walking tour like yours?
Your country needs you! Not only does Life’s an Adventure need you but so do all the local and regional communities across Australia needs you. Often these communities have been fire affect, then flood affect and now the global effect of the pandemic! Please join our competiors as well! Do a walk this year with Auswalk, Parktrek and Life’s an Adventure, we all need your support!
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