Environmental Concern & Partnerships
Deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change are just a few of the serious environmental concerns facing the world today.
Despite the lack of major progress on these global issues, public awareness is growing, corporations are beginning to support environmentally responsible business practices, and many countries have made significant progress in some areas, such as in reducing air pollution. Change is possible, but we must all contribute in our own way.
As a tour operator we make a commitment to promote and contribute to organisations dedicated to addressing environmental issues. By helping to conserve biological diversity, protect threatened areas, and working to improve the quality of life of the people whose communities we visit, we help ensure the permanence of the people and places that are the focus of our experiences.
So how do we make a difference? What role do we play in helping the environment? We support the ethos which builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our natural and cultural heritage. We are dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor travel and recreation through education, research and partnerships. We are dedicated to promoting attitudinal change and the empowerment of individuals, companies and communities to accept responsibility for the conservation of their natural environment.
We follow the 7 Principles of "Leave no Trace":
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimise Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors
Down Under Discoveries is committed to promoting & contributing to organisations close to our heart.
The organisations we chose were chosen based on their dedication to educate & raise awareness of environmental issues as well as their dedication towards working to improve the quality of life of the people whose communities we visit and those who visit our country.
Check them out below.
First Hike Project
The First Hike Project aims to help refugees feel at home in Australia and to deepen their connection to their new country.
They take groups of young (and not so young) refugees on an unforgettable overnight hiking experience to savour the sounds, smells and wonders of the great West Australian bush. This happen five times a year when the weather is mild so the enjoyment-factor is super high!
They aim to provide the best possible experience as they love the bush and want to share this passion and in the process provide people with the skills and know how to access this great resource on their doorstep.
Down Under Discoveries has come on board as an official sponsor of the First Hike Project, volunteering on our first in 2017 and continuing through to 2018 by providing a bus for transport as well as an experienced qualified guide to assist with the hike. We have also committed to funding 1 hike throughout the year to take the pressure of costings incurred by the team for each hike.
This really is a wonderful project. #welcomeisthissimple
Click here for more information on First Hike Project.
Bushwalking WA (‘BWA’) is the informal name for the Federation of Western Australian Bushwalkers Inc. founded in 1992 as the peak body for bushwalking in Western Australia. BWA is a volunteer run, not-for-profit incorporated association. Prior to 2015 the Federation primarily represented the interests of just its bushwalking member clubs and was governed by a Council of Delegates from the clubs.
In 2014 an organisational and strategic review was carried out for the Federation by an independent consultant funded by DSR. As a result of the review, changes proceeded under a 2015-2017 strategic plan as part of which the Federation implemented a modern governance model and established a new Board of management replacing the former Council of Delegates. These changes now enable BWA to represent the wider bushwalking community in WA, beyond our traditional Club base and so pursue a broader, more comprehensive and more inclusive vision for bushwalking in the State.
Down Under Discoveries shares BWA vision of “Better bushwalking for Western Australia” and as such has come on board as an official sponsor, excited to help with their mission to foster and promote bushwalking / hiking in WA.
Click here for more information on Bushwalking WA.
Create Ranger Parks
Create Ranger Parks is a community proposal to create a network of Outback National Parks, managed by Indigenous Rangers, that all Western Australians can enjoy.
Twenty years ago, the Western Australian Government purchased specially selected Outback stations for conservation. In doing so, they had a positive and visionary goal - to help diversify and strengthen regional economies and protect the state's most remarkable Outback landscapes for future generations.
Since then, these 60 remarkable properties have been forgotten and neglected. Instead of contributing to local prosperity, these unique natural places have suffered from the impact of feral animals and wildfires, which in turn have caused hardship for neighbouring Outback stations.
The Create Ranger Parks proposal presents an incredible opportunity that will mean a win for everyone. We want the government to finish what it started 20 years ago and create an extensive network of protected parks, managed by Indigenous rangers, o create real jobs and real change.
Down Under Discoveries is proud to be an organisation supporter of Create Ranger Parks. We want the Government to finish what they started and create an extensive network of national parks, managed by Indigenous Rangers, for all Western Australians to experience and enjoy.
It’s time to finish the job. It’s time to protect these natural places, creating tourism opportunities and new jobs in regional areas. It’s time to create Ranger Parks.
Click here for more information on Create Range Parks.
Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls
Aims of the group
- rehabilitate the flora of the degraded areas of the area east of Lesmurdie Falls and falling within the Mundy Regional Park and the Lesmurdie Falls National Park.
- undertake structural rehabilitation of the Lesmurdie Brook from Lesmurdie Falls to the eastern boundary of the Lesmurdie Falls National Park.
- improve the amenity of the area for visitors to the parks.
- acknowledge and display the history, both indigenous and European, of the area.
Down Under Discoveries have adopted a plot within Mundy Regional Park as part of the Friends 'Adopt a Plot' scheme. The scheme has been proposed as part of the rehabilitation effort along Lesmurdie Brook. Those who adopt a plot would be expected to
- keeps weeds at bay
- plant species grown from our selected seed
We are really excited to have this little area, a main area around the weir, a popular hang out for families especially in Summer when people are wanting to cool off.
Click here for more information on the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls.
Hike it Out
“I pledge to be environmentally focused when outdoors to minimise my impact. I pledge to Hike it Out with my litter and any extra I can take, aiming to leave all natural sights better than I found them.”
Hike it Out is an environmental awareness campaign aimed specifically at building a hiking culture that holds everyone responsible for their own rubbish, and any they find along the way; it’s that simple. Live by this, encourage your friends to travel and explore with a Hike it Out mentality and suddenly our world will start to look a little cleaner. The environment is our responsibility, and so is our rubbish. Together we WILL make a difference.
Down Under Discoveries has come on board as an official supporter of the Hike it Out campaign, taking the pledge to be more eco-friendly when outdoors, minimise waste and making time to get outdoors and remove a little litter as we hike our favourite trails.
This too is a great project to be a part of. #hikeitout
Click here for more information on Hike it Out.