Experience the World Heritage Blue Mountains, Guided Bushwalks, Astronomy, 4WD tours, Night Tours

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Experience World Heritage Wilderness

The Blue Mountains have been recognized as a world class nature destination for over 100 years, inscribed on the World Heritage List in November 2000 for defining examples of an unparalleled nature and as a unique laboratory of biological and evolutionary track – this recognises the beautiful difference that nature and visitors can share and with the help of an ecological guide to accentuate your wilderness experience.

Tread Lightly eco tours operates Advanced Ecotourism Accredited interpretive guided tours in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area 90 mins west of Sydney. Tread Lightly eco Tours has provide fully guided bush walks and 4WD eco tours to international visitors and domestic travelers for the past 28 years. They are specialists in the environmental and cultural aspects of the Blue Mountains World Heritage listed area with access to remote wilderness vistors can explore the ecology, fauna and flora of the region.

Tread Lightly has a unique style of touring which provide guests with a sensory experience while experiencing the best of the region’s natural environment through nature based touring.  Guests can visit some of the oldest rainforests, tallest waterfalls and deepest canyons in the World Heritage area, offering great photographic opportunities of the Blue Mountains while learning about the local history and indigenous culture.

Tours consist of small private groups of up to 6 people per guide with their Rocks to Rainforest 4WD Eco Tour offering the best options for boutique touring. Supported by luxury 4WD tour vehicles, it allows clients to maximise their visit and increase their experience of the Blue Mountains. 

Our walking tours run subject to availability offering an experience of ecology and culture in country with a qualified eco guide for those looking to explore.

Tread Lightly eco tours has achieved Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation with Ecotourism Australia. This accreditation guarantees guests receive the highest quality nature-based touring, using our system of best practice and minimal impact. All guides are highly qualified ecological guides with extensive knowledge of the local ecosystem and region.

Accessible statement:  Tread Lightly eco tours assesses the suitability of trails to meet the needs of guests with disabilities. All tours are fully tailor made and exclusive with professional ecology guides and can support guests on accessible trails and trails that offer adventure with support. Minimal impact vehicle tours access remote wilderness with views, wildlife and rainforest for guests with disabilities that are not able to hike on stairs or steep terrain.

Tread Lightly eco tours acknowledge the traditional elders, past and present and traditional peoples of the Blue Mountains region who still live here. We acknowledge the multiple languages and country on which we work and enjoy has been looked after by the Gundungarra, Dharug, Dharawal, Wiradjuri and Darkinjung peoples as home.

We support local Aboriginal guides and the cultural enhancment of the arts community. 

Tread Lightly eco tours have been independently audited by authorities and visitors to maintain a high level of conservation and respect for the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural area that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”

Whenever possible seek out an ecotourism accredited business and experience for yourself the difference of “best practice” and know you are doing something for the environment that you are visiting.

Award winning head guide and owner-operator Tim Tranter has lived in the Blue Mountains for over 60 years and provides strong links to the local community and region.Tim assists with World Heritage and environmental presentations as well as knowledge on the local region and  is a wildlife rescuer, fire and rescue team member and has been a Blue Mountains Tourism Ltd Board member, co-founder of the Community Alliance for Sustainable Tourism and assists Visiting Journalists.