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Media Release Oct 1st 2020  Kotahi Tourism reopens it’s tours to the public


Unique award-winning, eco-tour operator, Kotahi Tourism, will re-open its South Coast tours from 3 October and is accepting bookings from New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory residents who are seeking meaningful travel experiences. Kotahi Tourism paused its tours earlier this year following the devastating bushfires and outbreak of the global pandemic and is one of many tourism businesses across the country to be significantly impacted.

Managing Director of Kotahi Tourism, Melinda Loe, is thrilled to be re-opening the tours, believing each tour and visit to the South Coast region will have a positive impact on the community, particularly the Conjola district where 83 houses were lost from the December and January bushfires.“It’s more important than ever that we support our local communities. 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,” says Ms Loe.

To ensure the health, safety and peace of mind of all visitors, Kotahi Tourism is running only private tours (limited to one group per tour) with a maximum of eight people to allow for social distancing. The tour operator has also removed cancellation fees from bookings.

Kotahi Tourism’s range of walking tours celebrate the natural environment, share unsung stories about the land and offer countless opportunities for stunning photographs. Popular NSW South Coast day-trip tours include:

Conjola TourLake Conjola View from one of the look-outs visited on the tour. Photo includes the backs of the tour guide and 2 visitors.

  • The 1.5-hour eco-tour at Lake Conjola Entrance takes visitors on 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.
  • Visitors during migration season may be lucky to spot majestic whales on the unspoilt South Coast.
Fishermans Paradise Eco WalkFP WALK starting point view

  • A picture-perfect walk, the 1.5-hour tour through Fishermans Paradise, a small village at the head of Lake Conjola, takes travellers through the riverside, bush and village tracks where they’ll discover more about the local eco-systems.


  • Walkers will witness nature generating following the early 2020 bushfires.
  • Binoculars are a must with the chance to sight local birdlife, kangaroos and eastern water dragons along the way.

Kotahi Tourism is now running tours daily.

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Founded by Melinda Loe and Hohepa Ruhe in 2013, award-winning Kotahi Tourism offers sustainable environmental and cultural heritage tours, and educational experiences to connect people with each other and the natural environment in Sydney and the South Coast NSW. From walking day tours, to Māori and Indigenous cultural workshops, as well as overnight immersive experiences, Kotahi Tourism creates meaningful experiences to celebrate Australia’s land, history and heritage. For more information, visit


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