Robert Pennicott and his family have been operating Pennicott Wilderness Journeys since October 1999. Over its eighteen-year history, it has won many state, national and international awards including 12 Australian Tourism Awards and 25 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.
Today, there are six experiences 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 gourmet day tour of Bruny Island departing from Hobart. The sixth experience is the Three Capes Track, in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.
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 places 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.
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.
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 the company has contributed $160,000 towards coastal conservation projects undertaken by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. In 2010 $100,000 was donated towards the eradication of feral cats from Tasman Island. Since the successful eradication, 50,000 breeding seabirds are being saved each year. In 2016 the Pennicott Foundation gave $60,000 to kick-start the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service project to eradicate rats from Big Green Island.
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