Australia stands proudly as a land of diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and a rich history that dates back tens of thousands of years. At the heart of this history lies the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who possess the world’s oldest continuing culture. Embracing and celebrating this heritage is important. As Dr. Tom Calma AO, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, aptly puts it, “Here in Australia, we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate.”
As we pass the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, the spotlight shines on initiatives that champion reconciliation and respect for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Park Trek Walking Holidays, a multi-day national walking tour operator nestled in wonderful Woi Wurrung Country, has taken an important step forward in this regard. With enthusiasm, we are proud to announce the official endorsement of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan by Reconciliation Australia.
Based in Fitzroy on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People of the East Kulin Nation, Park Trek is committed to the reconciliation process. We’ve integrated actions that advance reconciliation into our day-to-day business operations, driven by our commitment to honouring and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures heritage and land we operate on. Our tours traverse a diverse range of landscapes and countries, allowing traveler’s to connect with the profound beauty and cultural significance of Australia.
The Woi Wurrung Country holds a special place in our hearts. It’s where we live, work, and play. The Wurundjeri People, custodians of this land for over 70,000 years, have nurtured and cared for it, allowing it to thrive as a natural haven. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll with a furry friend, a bike ride through the scenic trails, or solitary moments of contemplation in Yarra Bend Park, this land offers a unique sense of connection and tranquility. It’s a connection that Park Trek deeply appreciates and acknowledges, extending their gratitude to the Wurundjeri People for their enduring stewardship.
While Yarra Bend Park is just one of the stunning locations we walk, it exemplifies the essence of our offerings. Our tours are more than just outdoor adventures; they’re opportunities to reconnect with nature, landscapes, personal well-being, and loved ones. As visitors are guided through these natural wonders, they are also guided through a journey of understanding and respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures intertwined with the land.
In the context of Australia’s history, Park Trek Walking Holidays has taken the significant stride of commencing our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. This initiative is not just words; it’s a tangible embodiment of respect for Traditional Owners of Country across Australia. It’s a pledge to acknowledge the enduring connection Traditional Owners communities have with the land, water, skies, and culture. As we acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures, we also pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.
In this journey towards reconciliation, Park Trek Walking Holidays support “The Uluru Statement from the Heart” – Uluru Dialogue (Official).
Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan is more than a symbolic gesture; it’s a promise to tread the path of understanding, respect, and partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In embracing the rich tapestry of First Nations cultures, we embrace the essence of what we believe it means to be Australian.
A final copy of our RAP can be found on Reconciliation Australia’s website at: https://lnkd.in/gRkKM85b .