Bike It N Hike It achieve Ecotourism certification

Congratulations to Bike It N Hike It for achieving Ecotourism certification for their two-day and multi-day cycling and hiking tours of Victoria’s iconic countryside:

  • Mountain to the Sea (10 days)
  • The Great Southern Land (5 days)
  • The Other Great Southern Land (5 days)
  • The Great Ocean Road &12 Apostles (2 Days)

Based in Melbourne, Bike It N Hike It was borne out of owner, Robert Van Meurs’, love for Victoria’s many hiking and cycling trails, and a hobby of planning cycle trips for friends and social groups. Mr Van Meurs has tailored trips to suit various age groups and levels of fitness, while being sure to incorporate that sense of adventure experienced when immersed in nature.

Itineraries are designed for riders to see the best of what Victoria has to offer. The bike trails are all off-road, utilising disused railway lines throughout Victoria. Gradients are low and the tracks well maintained, and bikes are available in adult and children’s sizes. All multi-day tours are fully catered, serving up breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner.

Bike It N Hike It are a low impact operation, committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change, and contributing to the conservation objectives of Victoria’s National Parks. Their goal is to educate guests on the Victorian countryside and on how to reduce their impact by developing their appreciation and understanding of our natural environment and cultural heritage, all while creating a positive and memorable experience.

Find out more about Bike It N Hike It here.

See their Green Travel Guide listing here.

New ParkFinder WA smartphone App enables greater Park experience

The Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has just launched a fantastic new smartphone app that enables users to plan their outdoor adventures with the tap of a finger.

The user-friendly ParkFinder App allows users to search hundred of sites within more than 150 different Parks in Western Australia by map, park name, and parks near you. It also allows users to filter search results by available activities and facilities, and displays alerts for closures, hazards and upcoming camping vacancies.

All data is downloaded to the users phone, also enabling offline and out-of-range access to park information. You can save favourites parks and sites, share with friends on social media, and write reviews, all while the app stays perpetually up-to-date through linking to the Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks website.

The Parkfinder app is part of the $21.05 million, four-year Parks for People initiative that is expanding camping and visitor experiences in parks and reserves throughout WA. Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, says the app is part of a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out as part of the initiative. “More mobile resources will be rolled out soon including a camping checklist app for Western Australia, a Trailfinder app and mobile flora and fauna guides,” he said.

The introduction of the innovative tool sets a new benchmark for tourism in our parks, enabling a greater park experience and encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

Find out more about the Parkfinder-WA app here.

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