Yuraygir Walking Experiences (YWE) was established in 2015 to provide a unique, respected and best practice sustainable ecotourism business assisting walkers of all ages to enjoy, explore and experience the Yuraygir Coast Walk in northern New South Wales, Australia. Through the success of this business, we will support the purchase and management of high conservation value land to augment and compliment the formal conservation reserve system in the Yuraygir and Coast Range area of the Clarence Valley.
Adrian manages YWE and guides walks. He has lived locally since 2000. He studied Zoology, the History and Philosophy of Science, and has a Doctorate in sustainable tourism. Adrian has worked in local and state government on the NSW north coast in strategic and environmental planning roles. He has also researched and published in the fields of sustainable development, sustainable tourism and environmental decision making, with a little university teaching experience as well. He has travelled quite widely, volunteering with a number of sustainability initiatives along the way. He has produced some videos for/with Aboriginal communities relating to natural resource management and continues to develop his knowledge of Yuraygir flora/fauna. He and enjoys gardening, bushwalking, travelling, surfing and music, and lives with his partner Gina and their 13 year old son.
Gina is an invaluable guide and sounding board. She has lived in the Yuraygir region since 1998, working as a Ranger with National Parks and Wildlife Service. She has an Honours Degree in Coastal Management and intimate knowledge of Yuraygir’s history, management, Aboriginal connections and local ecology. She shares her knowledge of park management and has been involved in the conservation of the local Endangered Coastal Emu Population, coordinating an annual Emu ‘census’ with the help of many volunteers since 2001. She has travelled widely, working in numerous locations as a SCUBA instructor. She is now actively involved in community activities, including Landcare and community fundraising activities. Gina surfs, practices yoga, does marathon charity walks, gardens, cares for injured wildlife and loves her community. She lives with Adrian and their 13 year old son.
Benjamin has recently joined us as a guide. He has lived locally for the past 10 years and has a passion for our pristine coastal environments and connecting people with them. He works as a Discovery Ranger with National Parks and Wildlife Service, conducting environmental activities and tours for school age children, and as a adventure guide helping people with disabilities engage in outdoor activities. Since earning his degree in Natural Systems and Wildlife Management, Benjamin has worked in a wide variety of government and other roles, from environmental education and sustainable tourism, to environmental management, planning, consultancy and regulatory roles. He enjoys exploring wild places in Australia and overseas, and enjoys all things earthy, such as gardening and plant based medicines, as well as various outdoor pursuits and creative meanderings. He lives with his three salty boys.
Annette has lived locally since 2003 with her parter and family of exceedingly sporty boys. As well as being our superb yoga teacher, she and Karen have the most important job: preparing beautiful food for our walkers! Annette takes an eclectic approach to catering which one walker once appropriately dubbed “gourmet home cooked”. She uses range of delicious and nutritious foods from local organic and seasonal fresh food to the largest extent possible.
Phil is originally from Wollongong but left that world behind after catching a severe dose of “Minnie-itis”. He now drives our 14 seater mini-van, transferring walkers to and from their accommodation and walk start and finish points with good cheer and dry towels. If he is not surfing, he is probably watching his sons or grandsons playing soccer.
Karen has lived here since 2000 and works with Annette to make yummy lunches for on the track and deserts. Karen also looks after book keeping and runs the office when Adrian occasionally disappears. For this we are truly grateful!
Tony founded Yuraygir Walking Experiences after his long involvement in the conservation sector, including as a member of the Australian Conservation Foundation, as President and Vice President of the National Parks Association of Queensland, and as a long term member of the National Parks Association of NSW. He also heads a successful international workplace psychology and wellbeing consulting firm from which he directs a proportion of profits to support environmental conservation. The establishment of YWE as a sustainable business entity through which such conservation initiatives can be further supported is one step in that direction.