Robert Pennicott Named National Geographic Traveller of the Year

Robert Pennicott from Advanced Ecotourism Certified Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has been named traveller of the year.

Tasmania’s rugged beauty with deep sea caves, towering cliffs, migrating whales, sets the perfect stage for ecotourism and creates the ideal platform for philanthropy, as one fearless fund-raiser sees it.

Robert Pennicott a tour operator is proud of his custom-built yellow boats, which ply the pristine waters of Bruny and Tasman Islands. The 47-year-old former fisherman in 2007 co-founded a coastal conservation fund; in its first year, it saved some 50,000 seabirds from the depredations of feral cats. That initial success turned the founder of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys into a daringly innovative philanthropist.

In 2011, he launched the Pennicott Foundation and led the first-ever circumnavigation of Australia by rubber dinghy to raise money for conservation and polio eradication. The journey took 101 days, raised nearly $300,000 for polio vaccinations, and proved that clever risks can produce great rewards.

“When I die, I want to have made a difference in the world,” says Pennicott, who dedicates at least a quarter (and up to 85 percent, some years) of his annual profits to conservation and humanitarian issues.

To read the full interview with Robert Pennicott and story by National Geographic please follow the link.

For more information of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys please visit their website.

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