Robert Pennicott and his family have been operating Pennicott Wilderness Journeys since October 1999. Over its fourteen year history, it has won multiple awards including the prestigious Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism in 2012 & 2013.
Today, there are five tours 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 day tour of Bruny Island departing from Hobart.
Robert and his family are genuinely dedicated to operating sustainably, in harmony with the environment and local community. The business employs and trains local staff, and purchases goods and services from local suppliers wherever possible.
Our Mission is to operate a business that reveals the splendour and wonders of this very special place we call home. We strive to educate and excite all who visit and to create a legacy of conservation to preserve the island we love for future generations. Our ultimate aim is to reinvest into the local community and the environment that we live and work in.
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, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has donated $100,000 towards coastal conservation projects undertaken by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service. The first of these was completed in June 2010 when a feral species was eradicated from Tasman Island, saving 50,000 seabirds each year.
In 2011, Robert circumnavigated Australia in a 5.4 metre inflatable dinghy, raising $300,000 for conservation and to assist Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio from the world.