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Launch of the Bruny Island Destination Action Plan

Today the Honourable Will Hodgman MP, Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Melinda Anderson, Kingborough Mayor Steve Wass and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Managing Director Robert Pennicott launched the Bruny Island Destination Action Plan. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has contributed $50,000 towards the goal of improving the visitor infrastructure on the Island. This contribution has been matched by the Kingborough Council and State Government.

Wilsons Promontory Cruises - Public Consultation

During March 2017, Parks Victoria is undertaking engagement to better understand community and visitor views on Pennicott Wilderness Journeys proposal to operate Wilsons Promontory Cruises. We would encourage you to read our full proposal and then share your views with Parks Victoria by taking their survey. A report on the engagement outcomes will be submitted to the Minister for consideration before a final decision is made on the proposal.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Wins International Sustainable Tourism Award

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has been recognised as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism operators, winning a Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in Monaco overnight. The award recognises businesses that demonstrate global leadership in sustainability, deliver outstanding visitor experiences and provide tangible benefits to the environment and the communities in which they operate.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Announces Plans to Expand to Victoria with new Wilsons Promontory Cruises

Eco Tourism Pioneer Robert Pennicott is excited to announce the launch of Wilsons Promontory Cruises from Tidal River in Victoria. These world class wilderness cruises will allow visitors to explore the spectacular waterways, history, culture, flora and fauna of the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Pennicott Pledges $60,000 towards Big Green Island Restoration

Rob Pennicott founder of the Pennicott Foundation has donated $60,000 to the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service towards the eradication of rats on Big Green Island. The project is an exciting collaboration of community conservation efforts, involving Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment, Wildcare Inc volunteers, Aboriginal community members and the island’s farmer. Big Green Island is a 125 ha island six kilometres south-west of Whitemark off the coast of Flinders Island. The island also supports breeding colonies of Cape Barren geese, short tailed shearwaters, little penguins, Pacific and silver gulls, pied and sooty oyster catchers, black-faced cormorants and Caspian terns.In the 19th Century black rats arrived on the island surviving severe drought and numerous baiting cycles. Over the past two years the rat population has exploded and caused severe destruction to the island’s population of breeding short- tailed shearwaters. Little penguins are also vulnerable to attacks from rodents and the island’s colony is showing detrimental decline. It is critical to protect the birds against attracts from rodents.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Launches 'The Blade' for the Three Capes Track

Today Pennicott Wilderness Journeys launched the tenth vessel in its fleet of yellow boats at Oyster Cove Marina. This will be the first catamaran to join the existing fleet of nine NAIAD Rigid Inflatables. It is a 12 metre vessel powered by four 250 horse power Yamaha outboards. The eight hundred thousand dollar boat was designed locally by Fred Barrett and build in Hobart by Alufab Marine & Fabrication. The vessel will accommodate 30 walkers and has been specifically designed to unload the guests onto the sand at Denman’s Cove. This reduces the impact on the environment and negates the need for a jetty. This is another sustainable tourism product by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Who were inducted into the hall of fame for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism at this year’s Australian Tourism Awards. The Three Capes Track is a game changer for the 'must-do' walking experiences in Tasmania. The experience allows walkers access by land and sea to some of the most remarkable costal scenery in the world.

Thousands of Excited Students Participate in the 2015 Schools Triathlon Challenge

The Schools Triathlon Challenge hit a record high this year with over 3,400 children attending the event. Across the state 130 schools took part in the eighth annual challenge. The southern Tasmanian schools lined up at the start line on Bellerive Beach on the 19th and 20th November.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Shines at the Australian Tourism Awards

Tasmanian eco cruising pioneer Robert Pennicott and his team were in the spotlight last Friday night winning an unprecedented five Australian Tourism Awards. Competing with the best of the best in the tourism industry from all states and territories, Rob's iconic wilderness experience, Bruny Island Cruises took out the award for Australia's Best Tourist Attraction and Australia's Best Ecotourism operator for 2014. The company's continued devotion to sustainable business operations and environmental conservation was once again honoured with the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism. Tasmanian Seafood Seduction was judged Australia's Best New Tourism Development and to top off the evening, Robert Pennicott was named the 2014 Australian Tourism Legend.

Tasmanian Companies Working Together for Tasman Island Conservation

Tasmanian companies Helicopter Resources and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys joined the Parks and Wildlife Service for a conservation working bee on Tasman Island on 25 March. The day was part of the ongoing monitoring being undertaken by the Parks and Wildlife Service following the successful eradication of feral cats from Tasman Island in 2010. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys staff were involved in counting the occupancy of short tailed shearwater burrows as part of ongoing monitoring of the species on the island. Short tailed shearwater chicks were weighed as part of a health assessment of the birds. Staff also joined Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment biologist Sue Robinson with cat detection dog, Shark, as they recovered the remote monitoring cameras that are in place across Tasman Island.

Adventure for young Tasmanians dealing with cancer

A group of 40 young Tasmanians got a much needed break from the daily stresses of cancer at the CanTeen Spring Program in October. The 5 day program began with a 2.5 hour adventure cruise from the Hobart waterfront to the campsite jetty; donated by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. The 12-24 year-olds had the opportunity to meet and support other young people in similar situations, share their cancer experiences, take part in psychosocial focused discussions and workshops and, importantly, have fun together.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Showcases Tasmania in Restaurant Australia Campaign

Robert Pennicott has put Tasmania front and centre at the launch of Tourism Australia’s new Restaurant Australia campaign today. Robert served up a seafood storm of abalone, crayfish, mussels and oysters for nearly 200 guests at Quay Restaurant on Sydney harbour. Robert has been selected as one of three ambassadors for the State and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ new Tasmanian Seafood Seduction cruise is one of three experiences highlighting Tasmania’s gourmet offering. Robert Pennicott said the Restaurant Australian campaign is a great way to tell the world about our unique food experiences, and Tasmania with its pristine waters and fresh seafood is poised to blow people away. "Tasmania has become a haven for some really passionate foodies who pour their blood, sweat, tears and passion into creating fresh, simple, honest food that really showcases the best of what we enjoy here in Tassie."

Pennicott Scoops National Awards Again

Robert Pennicott and his team at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has picked up two Gold and one Silver award at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, held tonight at Luna Park in Sydney. The company’s flagship experience Bruny Island Cruises was recognised as Australia’s Best Ecotourism Operator for the second year running and won silver for Best Tourist Attraction. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys also received the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for the second year in a row.

Robert Pennicott Launches Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys today launched a new cruise, Tasmanian Seafood Seduction – a world’s first seafood gathering experience. More than one hundred and fifty tourism industry and government representatives attended the event at Franklin Wharf to witness Premier Lara Giddings christen the three new yellow boats. Tasmanian Seafood Seduction is a full day cruise from Hobart gathering the freshest Tasmanian seafood. The cruise visits Tassal salmon farm and guests enjoy oysters straight from the water at Get Shucked. Experienced local guides dive for abalone and sea urchin and pull a cray pot. Then it’s time to enjoy the fruits of the morning’s gathering. Guests can assist their guide to prepare a bountiful seafood feast, paired with a delicious gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses, and matched with Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Wins 3 Trophies at the Australian Tourism Awards

It's shaping up to be an exciting year for Robert Pennicott and his team at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Last night the company won three prestigious trophies at the Australian Tourism Awards, held in Hobart. In competition with the best tourism experiences from all states and territories, Rob's Bruny Island Cruises won the Tourist Attraction and Ecotourism categories and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys won the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism. This year, 40 of Rob's staff members were there to celebrate the company's success and Rob acknowledged the hard work and dedication of his entire team. "An Australian Tourism Award is a real credit to everyone in the business – skippers, deckhands, bus drivers, kitchen staff, office staff, cleaners, promotions staff and my management team – not to mention all our partners and business colleagues in the Tasmanian tourism industry.”

Robert Pennicott named a Traveler of the Year by National Geographic

Today, National Geographic has named Robert Pennicott, founder of the award-winning cruise business Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, as a Traveler of the Year for 2012. Robert has been recognised for his unique connection with travel – as an entrepreneur, ecotourism operator, adventurer, environmentalist and philanthropist. "We sifted through hundreds of nominations to pick world-shaking people on innovative missions,” said George Stone, contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler. The December 2012 / January 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine will feature Robert and his fellow Travelers of the Year when it is released on December 4. A profile and interview with Robert is available on the National Geographic website, which is visited by 20 million people every month.

Robert Pennicott named Tasmanian of the Year 2012

Robert Pennicott, entrepreneur, environmentalist, adventurer, philanthropist and multi-award-winning pioneer of Tasmania’s eco-tourism industry has been named as Tasmania’s 2012 Australian of the Year. Responding to the announcement by Premier Hon Lara Giddings MHR in a ceremony at Meadowbank Estate on 21 November, Robert Pennicott made a brief and heart-felt speech, thanking his wife Michaye and children Georgina, Mia and Noah, who were all so excited that he has won this prestigious award. He now travels to Canberra to represent Tasmania in the national Australian of the Year awards, which are announced on 25 January, on the eve of Australia Day. The award acknowledges Rob’s achievements in a range of areas over a number of years, in particular his contribution to conservation and philanthropy.

Tasmanian adventurer completes world-first circumnavigation of Australia in 101 days

Tasmanian adventurer Robert Pennicott, fellow skipper Mick Souter and cameraman Zorro Gamarnik completed their epic circumnavigation of Australia today, arriving at Sydney's Darling Harbour Marina at 2.15pm. After more than three months at sea, the trio are the first to circumnavigate Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. The final week of the trip has been a family affair, with Robert's daughter Mia (12) and son Noah (10) joining him from Hobart to Sydney. "It's been fantastic to have Mia and Noah with me for the last week. I've really missed them these last couple of months," Robert said.
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