About Our Preparatory Trips

Ahead of Nature Trail making any tour available to the public, as a key part of our Tour Quality Assurance Policy, Nature Trail first undertakes a series of Preparatory Trips for each tour.

The series of Preparatory Trips process through distinct trip versions undertaken in order to fine-tune the ulimate tour design. This starts with first scoping the Tour Concept, followed by the initial field Scouting – evaluating route options, attractions, and undertaking commentary Research.

Once our Tour Director is satisfied that a proposed tour is worthy of having public appeal and being financially viable, a few Recces with a group are undertaken with trip journal notes taken and group feedback discussed. The final tour evaluation trip version before being offered to the paying public, is a Practice Trip , which seeks to emulate the desired standard of a Public tour deliver to commercial standard including adherence to the tour plan – transport route, hiking route, timing schedule, catering, site guide engagement if required, etc. Commentary and all Safety Briefings are also delivered by the Tour Leader.

This is an important part of our tour design process to enable us to maximise each tour’s benefits and overall experience or participants. Preparatory trips enables Nature Trail to refine the tour delivery, identify any potential hazards and appropriately mitigate risks, before offering a tour commercially to paying guests.

We offer these Preparatory Trips exclusively to registered Friends of Nature Trail on an ‘at cost’ basis. Participants need only contribute to the nominal direct costs of a tour – such as fuel share, site fees, site guides, meals, and the like.

We undertake exploratory scouting trips, recces and practice trips extending throughout the Blue Mountains region and into Central West New South Wales beyond.  For safety, all Nature Trail hiking tours are strictly on-track.

The scope of our Preparatory Trips is varied with the range of tour types that we offer, namely:

  1. Short Hiking Tours (2-3 hours)
  2. Half-Day Hiking Tours
  3. Full-Day Hiking Tours
  4. Wilderness Experiences
  5. Nature Workshops
  6. Hiking Gear and Skills Training
  7. Gardens and Nursery Tours
  8. Blue Mountains Village Walking Tours
  9. Backroads and Heritage Tours
  10. Art and Craft Trails
  11. Country Fairs
  12. Countryside Overnight Road Tours

The Private Tours that we offer vary on a seasonal basis and are listed on our website on the page entitled Preparatory Trips – Seasonal Programmes. We update these in the weeks ahead of each forthcoming season – Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn.

Participation on a Nature Trail Private Tour is available only to registered Friends of Nature Trail. To learn about registration please contact Nature Trail’s Tour Director, Steve, for a chat on Nature Trail’s hotline: Tel:  1300 355 133.