Eco tour operator Kotahi Tourism has opened its South Coast tours for bookings again.
After the devastating bushfires that engulfed the Conjola area last summer that saw the loss of 83 homes the popular holiday destination was rocked again again with the outbreak of COVID-19.
It has taken a while to recover from such a devastating start to 2020 but as the region starts to rebuild and regenerate, the community is now at the point in its recovery mode to start welcoming visitors again.
As one of the many small businesses affected by the bushfires, Kotahi Tourism is encouraging NSW and ACT residents to show their support, enjoy a great visit and help the local economy and community at Conjola..
The Kotahi team hosts eco-walking tours, that celebrate and explore the natural environment and wildlife of the Conjola region.
And share stories about the challenges of the last year, the impact of the bush fires and talk about their hope as the district continues to recover.
Managing director Melinda Loe said the Kotahi Tourism team was thrilled to be re-opening the tours.
The do so knowing each tour and visit will have a positive impact on the community, particularly the Conjola district where 83 houses were lost from in December and January.
"It's more important than ever that we support our local communities," she said.
"Bringing visitors back to the area is a vital part of the region's recovery, as well as helping our community get back on its feet after such a difficult time with the bushfires, floods and COVID-19.
"Since we can't travel overseas, we can instead use this opportunity to explore our own backyards and experience what New South Wales has to offer.
The scenery, wildlife and beaches in the South Coast are unparalleled and there's so much to discover here, especially now as we see nature regenerating after the bushfires."
To ensure the health, safety and peace of mind of all visitors, Kotahi Tourism is running only private tours with a limit of one group per tour.
Each group can have a maximum of eight people to allow for social distancing.
Kohai Tourism has also removed cancellation fees from bookings.
Ms Loe said the range of walking tours celebrate the natural environment, share unsung stories about the land and offer countless opportunities for stunning photographs.
She said popular day-trip tours include:
- The Conjola tour which is a 1.5-hour eco-tour at Lake Conjola entrance taking in a 2.5km guided walk across lakeside, bush and beach where they'll hear stories about the region's natural environment and history. The route is home to diverse local wildlife, including some endangered and vulnerable beach-nesters. During the migration season visitors often get to spot whales.
- Fishermans Paradise Eco Walk is a 1.5-hour tour through Fishermans Paradise, a small village at the head of Lake Conjola, taking visitors through the riverside, bush and village tracks where they learn about the local eco-systems and see local birdlife, kangaroos and eastern water dragons.
Kotahi Tourism is now running tours daily and bookings can be made through its website.
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