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Positive impact tours

Tours that give back through conservation and wildlife education provide a richer experience. Helen Hayes finds five tours making a difference.

Maria Island Walk, Maria Island

A four-day guided walk is the best way to explore Maria Island: a national park with a myriad of wildlife including wombats, Tasmanian devils and 125 bird species. The walk combines wildlife encounters with breathtaking scenery, a World Heritage-listed convict settlement, eco-friendly accommodation and fine Tasmanian fare. Maria Island Walk

Wild platupus, Burnie

Burnie is the gateway to wilderness, beaches and … platypuses. Wild Platypus provides ethical, low-impact wildlife ecotours in Fern Glade Reserve, a haven for these quirky monotremes and other threatened species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater lobster, quolls and bandicoots. Wild Platypus

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wukalina walk, Bay of Fires

During the four-day wukalina walk, proud palawa guides share their perspective, stories and connection to Country. The small group experience offers a journey across traditional homelands, immersive cultural activities and accommodation in an architecturally designed camp within wukalina (Mt William National Park) and a lightkeeper’s cottage at larapuna (Bay of Fires). wukalina walk

Wild Ocean Tasmania, Tasman Peninsula

This two-hour small group tour affords breathtaking views of the coastline between Eaglehawk Neck and Cape Hauy and possible wildlife sightings of seals, dolphins, rare sea birds and albatross. Wild Ocean raises awareness about the importance of protecting coastal zones, and part of its profits are used for conservation work. Wild Ocean Tasmania

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Women's Adventure Walk, Flinders Island

Explore the peaks of Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki and be rewarded with superb coastal vistas on World Expeditions’ women-only Flinders Island adventure. The six-day itinerary includes private safari-style eco-comfort camp accommodation and pre-trek training, while directly supporting positive impact projects. World Expeditions