Farewell from Gippsland High Country Tours
After 32 years of running Gippsland High Country Tours, I have decided that 2023 is time to close the business and say farewell to you, my valued clients.
Little did I know back in 1991, that the tours I started then would still be going over 30 years later! Not only would the tours have Advanced Ecotourism Accredita-tion, but Gippsland High Country Tours would be in-ducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame.
But all good things must come to an end and it is time for a new chapter for me. The tours require me to be away from home regularly and during the two year break from tours due to COVID, I found I rather enjoyed having more time at home. Returning to tours last year after the break, also reminded me how much work is involved and that I’m not getting any younger! So after considering it for some months, it feels like the right time to close the business. Even though I am still working part time for Parks Victoria, I can begin to ease into retirement now.
It has been extremely rewarding sharing my love of East Gippsland and beyond with so many of you. You have observed and experienced the wonders of the natural world for yourselves, listened and learnt from me and from other guides, and we too have learnt lots from many of you. Real knowledge sharing!
We have had enormous fun on the tours in the last three decades and many of you have come back time and time again on different trips, we pick up where we left off last time and conversation flows easily. Some of you have become friends and we’ve enjoyed keeping in touch and sharing other interests.
I also know that some of you have not quite managed to get on one of the tours yet, despite being on my database for many years and keeping in touch. I’m sorry I did not get to meet you.
“Oh no, what will we do now”, I hear you say? I have been working hard to find the best options to pre-sent to you to help fill the gap with Gippsland High Country Tours now closed and I am confident that many of you will find some really good alternatives in the recommendations I offer in the final newsletter.
I am not selling my database with your details - that was never the deal when you signed up to my emails and newsletters. So I will keep in touch with perhaps one or two more emails in the next 12 months as new nature tour options present themselves that I think are worthy of sharing with you, then all details currently on my database will be deleted.
In the final newsletter there are stories from recent tour participants, I have lots of thank-you messages, I will share a bit of history and some snippets of my highlights. Maybe one day I will write “memoirs of a tour guide” - there are so many good stories from over three decades of tours – far too many to share here. I am sure many of you have favourite memories too and it would be lovely to hear them.
The Gippsland High Country Tours website and Facebook page will remain active for a while and serve to share information about other nature experiences and tours plus the blog page on the website will continue to have nature stories added from time to time. This blog may morph into something a little different over time. I will continue to be contactable by email and I’m very happy to help you find other nature tours or to discover East Gippsland for yourself, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Take Care, Jenny (Jenny Lawrence)
Wayne McCallum's photo of Jenny watching the sunset in the alps is a fitting farewell photo
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