Tanya turned her back on a long and successful career in hotel management, to pursue her dream of starting a tourism business so that she could show off Cataract Gorge to the world and make a lasting positive contribution to the community.
The gamble paid off, and after two years of juggling study (undertaking a Certificate III in Guiding) and casual jobs, and business planning, Walk Cataract Gorge launched in 2018.
An outgoing and knowledgeable host, Tanya brings to the role a passion for the environment, the community, and all things Launceston.
We all want to do something worthwhile.
Yes! By taking this tour you are doing good, not only for yourself but for others too. Walk Cataract Gorge has a strong social and environmental philosophy, and is ‘giving back’ in these ways:
Consultation with City of Launceston and local WILDCARE Inc group Friends of Trevallyn Reserve for advice and direction regarding environmental matters.
Undertake discrete rubbish collection and record by photo audit to be shared on social media, to assist in reminding visitors to respect the natural environment by ensuring that rubbish is taken out with them or placed in bins.
Volunteer with Friends of Trevallyn Reserve (FoTR), a member of WILDCARE Inc. FoTR are dedicated to the protection and improvement of native flora, by engaging in environmental maintenance and restoration.
Contribute wildlife sightings to the (Tasmanian) Natural Values Atlas.
Acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal people both past and present, and foster a culture of respect within tour participants for Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and people.
Provision of free tours for Seniors Week 2018, via Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania. A one-hour stroll around First Basin. Encouraging older Tasmanians to spend some time outdoors taking in nature and connecting with othes.
Spearhead Tour Guiding industry reference group with TasTAFE.