Local tour operator blows competitors out of the water

HOBART-based tour operator, Roaring 40s Kayaking, has scooped up the Adventure Tourism gong at the recent Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

Its flight partner, Shannon Wells’ Par Avion Wilderness Tours, was crowned the winner of the Major Tour/Transport Operator category.

Roaring 40s owner, Jenny Grundy, who acquired the business 12-months-ago in partnership with her husband, Mark, said the dual win was great news for visitors to the state.

“Tourists are now guaranteed an award-winning holiday to the remote world heritage-listed south west Tasmanian wilderness, beginning and ending with a scenic flight and culminating in a Wilderness on Water kayaking expedition tour,” she said.

“Guests always mention how well Par Avion and Roaring 40s complement each other.

“And now with Tourism Tasmania recognising the high standards of what we offer, we’re both flying sky-high at the moment!”

Established in 1996, Roaring 40s offers multi-day kayaking expeditions in the Southwest World Heritage Area wilderness and Hobart day tours exploring the Tasman coastlines and Tinderbox Peninsula.

“We run a number of day tours around Hobart as well as longer sea-kayaking expeditions to the spectacular Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey,” Mrs Grundy said.

Mrs Grundy said the Hobart City Kayak tour was particularly popular among locals and tourists, providing an opportunity to explore the city’s iconic waterfront from a perspective that “few get to experience.”

Beginning in Sandy Bay and paddling past historic Battery Point, kayakers then glide beneath fishing wharfs to enter the Hobart docks where they “get up close and personal” with luxury yachts, tall ships, fishing vessels and possibly, Australia’s Antarctic research flagship, Aurora Australis.

“It’s a two-and-a-half-hour paddle and to finish, there’s a floating stop at a local punt to enjoy fish and chips right from your kayak,” Mrs Grundy said.

“The tour is perfect for beginners and children over the age of seven when accompanied by an adult.”

Presented annually by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT) on behalf of the tourism industry, the award recognise outstanding achievement across all sectors of the state’s tourism industry.

Category winners go on to represent Tasmania in the Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Adelaide early next year.

For the full list of Tasmanian Tourism Award winners visit http://www.tict.com.au/winners

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