As outdoor enthusiasts, we also make a commitment to promote and contribute to the organisations below who are 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.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions delivers on ground operations across the following Divisions:
- Parks and Visitor Services
- Forest and Ecosystem management
- Rivers and Estuaries
- Regional and Fire Management Systems
Down Under Discoveries is a commercially licenced operator and closely adheres to all Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions licencing rules. Through park entry fees and licence charges, commercial operators contribute to the management and protection of the land so everyone can revisit them in an unspoiled condition and ensure that the conservation values of these areas are maintained in perpetuity.
Click here for more information on Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Healing Hands Great Southern WA
Healing Hands Great Southern WA is a not for profit organisation of volunteers dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes for wildlife, by rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing back into their natural habitat.
Their vision is to create a sustainable wildlife care group of experienced carers for future generations by:
- Connecting members to wildlife and conservation
- Through education, building awareness and leading by example, building a community in which all wildlife is treated with respect and kindness
Down Under Discoveries is excited to have joined Healing Hands Great Southern WA as Wildlife Carers and looks forward to assisting in rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife back into their natural habitat.
Click here for more information on Healing Hands Great Southern WA.
Friends of Porongurup Range
The Friends of the Porongurup Range is a volunteer organisation of active and dynamic members who share a common interest in protecting the Porongurup National Park and surrounding area by assisting in its upkeep and conservation.
The Friends work with state and local governments to protect the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Porongurup Range and surrounding areas. They help with conservation and restoration of threatened areas and work to preserve the Park’s heritage and recreational features. They have developed effective partnerships with agencies such as Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, South Coast Natural Resource Management, Gondwana Link and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Their aim is to ensure the integrity of the Range will be conserved and enjoyed by future generations.
Down Under Discoveries has come on board as a member of Friends of the Porongurup Range and looks forward to contributing to the protection of the Porongurup National Park and surrounding area.
Click here for more information on Friends of the Porongurup Range.
Hike It Out
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.
Let’s reset the standards of what we do with litter. YOUR actions when finding rubbish will directly impact the next persons experience. You could also be saving an animals life, protecting our environment and contributing to the item being recycled properly.
Down Under Discoveries shares the vision and mission of the campaign to influence all people outdoors to be responsible for their rubbish, leaving all natural sights litter free and to be adventure inspiring and environmentally focused targeting waste and pollution to make a difference and benefit the community.
We pledge to be environmentally focused when outdoors to minimise our impact. We pledge to Hike it Out with our litter and any extra we can take, aiming to leave all natural sights better than we found them.”
Click here for more information on Hike It Out.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris Campaign
Down Under Discoveries shares the vision and mission of the campaign to protect and conserve our marine environment, preventing and removing the unprecedented amount of marine debris entering our oceans and waterways.
We pledge to be environmentally focused when outdoors to minimise our impact. We pledge to hike out our litter and any extra we can take, aiming to leave all natural sights better than we found them.” We also pledge to document any marine debris findings into the Tangaroa Blue database by filling out their form. This helps their research and goes into a worldwide database. https://www.tangaroablue.org/
Click here for more information on Sea Shepherd.
Bibbulmun Track Foundation
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation established to provide support for the management, maintenance and marketing of the Bibbulmun Track.
The Bibbulmun Track Volunteer Program relies on the bushwalking community and Bibbulmun Track walkers in particular to commit their time to assist in the maintenance and delivery of the Foundation’s programs and services.
Down Under Discoveries has adopted a section of the Track as part of the 'Eyes on the Ground' Maintenance Program and ensures that their particular section remains well-kept and well-loved.
Down Under Discoveries is also a member of the Walker Friendly Business Program, a program created to connect walkers with businesses along the Track which provide facilities for walkers to make their stay enjoyable and aid them on their journey.
Click here for more information on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation.
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. 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.
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.
Click here for more information on Create Range Parks.
Down Under Discoveries has a great bond and deep respect for the traditional owners of this land, the people of the Noongar nation, and one way we like to honour their culture is by introducing our clients to the foods of the bush in hope that you will begin your journey of self discovery into the world of Bushtucker and learn from those whose bond with the earth is second to none.
Our spices and herbs are only sourced through Aboriginal business's around Australia and we encourage you to get on board and support these amazing suppliers.
Warndu, is a native produce company that's been 60000 years in the making. Their products made from Australian native ingredients not only taste great and are good for you; they’re good for Australia’s natural environment and Indigenous community.
Warndu’s locally sourced native plants, nuts, seeds and proteins are used to create a range of sustainable products that are ‘good’ in so many ways – ‘good’ for cooking, ‘good’ for health, ‘good’ for the environment and, most importantly, ‘good’ for providing Indigenous Australians with jobs and training within the horticulture and food industries. Further to this, a portion of the profits from their food range go to restoring Indigenous health in Arnhem Land With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a culturally important dream into a reality.
Click here for more information on Warndu.
Outback Chef emerged as an Australian native herb and spice company back in 2005, it’s now one of Australia’s leading suppliers of native herbs, spices, fruits and berries to the hospitality industry and home cooks.
They work directly with wild-harvesters, Indigenous communities, farmers and growers in regional and remote areas.
Click here for more information on Outback Chef.
Outback Spirit is proudly made by Robins Foods Pty Ltd. who is a 100% Australian owned company and a real family business. Whilst they are not Aboriginal owned, they ensure that benefits from the sale of Outback Spirit products go back to the Aboriginal people who are developing their own enterprises based on native foods
Click here for more information on Outback Spirit.