Arrivals & Departures Guided walks with a conscience

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Next time you are in Sydney or the Blue Mountains, feel light on your feet knowing you are supporting children in need with a guided walk from not-for-profit operator Emu Trekkers.

Launched by Australian couple Tristan Harley and Rutty Talati, Emu Trekkers is run by volunteer guides with all funds from the walks going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Inspiration for the venture came from the couple’s honeymoon trekking volcanoes in Nicaragua with a group that raised money for local children.

Creating a similar program in Australia with the mission of "Hike Australia. Help Kids", Emu Trekkers offers a variety of walks including single day and multi-day treks in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Walks cost from $49.

"I think there is a growing community of travellers who are looking at how they can be more than just a tourist," Mr Harley said.

"They are looking for experiences where they can connect with locals and make a meaningful, positive impact in the community they are visiting. 

"We are hoping that in a small, but memorable way, we can play a role in that."

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