BLUE MOUNTAINS BUSHFIRE RECOVERY TOUR
Australia’s raging bushfires have had a staggering impact on the nation’s landscape and its inhabitants. In fact, about half a billion animals have been affected by the fires across the state of New South Wales, with millions likely perished. The images of koalas being rescued has tugged at the world’s heartstrings, and displaced residents seeking shelter has prompted an outpouring of sympathy and support.
AutoVenture is offering a chance to witness bushfire recovery efforts in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains, located west of Sydney. Knowledgeable, local guides will escort you into an area known for its lush eucalypt forests, waterfalls and deep gorges. Traveling in cooled, roomy vehicles, you not only will get to see the blackened areas, you will see the new greenery already sprouting.
A heartwarming highlight later in the day is a visit to the koala sanctuary in Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind personal experience with these amazing marsupials.
The tour begins at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl to enjoy freshly baked apple pies and espresso coffee. You can visit with locals, sample and purchase local goods and drink, and listen to their amazing stories.
Next is a stop at Bilpin Cider Company for a libation or two, and the wondrous Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens. Your visit isn’t all charred earth: your AutoVenture guide will take you along the Great Western Highway, an area largely untouched by the bushfires, where you can take in clear views of the Jamison Valley before making a stop at Eagle Hawk Lookout to view the Three Sisters rock formation. Finally, you’ll enjoy a memorable visit with koalas and their handlers.
It’s a way to see the impact of a life-changing event firsthand, and to support efforts to help the affected inhabitants. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated towards the regeneration of a eucalypt forest planted exclusively for koalas.