Bushfire Recovery Giveback Trips

In collaboration with the #EmptyEsky Movement
Show Our Communities Your Support

 

AAT Kings has been working with Australian tourism operators for over 100 years. We live and breathe these communities – and they need us now more than ever. To help start providing immediate support to the communities that need it most, we’d like to invite you to join us on a Bushfire Recovery Giveback trip, in collaboration with the #EmptyEsky movement.

On these trips, we’re working with local communities to bring much-needed tourism directly back to the restaurants, cafes, farmers markets and local stores that are the lifeblood of these towns. Visitors will have plenty of time to wander through the town, and fill up their own Eskies with fresh farm produce or locally made gifts – with 100% of the funds going directly back to the maker or producer. We’ve partnered with the team at #EmptyEsky to help find and target the producers who need our help the most. We’ve also worked with local landholders to share stories of recovery, so that you will see and hear firsthand about how you can help these communities.

Most of our Bushfire Recovery Giveback trips have been designed specifically for this cause, in collaboration with the local community, working in a respectful way, to develop self-empowerment through an injection of funds in the community. These purpose-built trips are 100% non-for-profit for AAT Kings.

In other cases, we have redesigned selected trips, to introduce #EmptyEsky elements into already established itineraries – so you can still feel great about giving back while on your holiday.

Some of our trips have set departure dates, that you’ll find as you search our online calendar. However, if you have a group of friends or workmates that you’d like to experience this with, just let us know and we can set up a trip that departs on any day of your choosing. Simply use the enquiry form on the specific tour page.

Whether on a one-day trip to the NSW Shoalhaven, or an extended South Australian gourmet experience, join us us as we give back the best way that we can – to bring tourism back to these precious regions.

Do good, feel good, go and say gday... And #MakeTravelMatter

 

 

Learn More about our current Recovery Trips

Bushfire Recovery Day Tour
#EmptyEsky to Shoalhaven

Join AAT Kings, in collaboration with #EmptyEsky, to show your support to the Shoalhaven community.

Highlights:

  • Visit the historic Kangaroo Valley, take the opportunity to buy locally-made preserves, leather goods, antiques or artwork.
  • Fill up your Esky with local farmers' produce at Nowra Farmers Market.
  • Private buffet lunch at Bangalay Dining made from locally sourced and native ingredients.

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Bushfire Recovery Short Break
#EmptyEsky 3 Day East Gippsland

Join #EmptyEsky on this 3 day East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Trip. In conjunction with #EmptyEsky, travel through the East Gippsland over 3 days, giving live support to some of the regions most beloved towns, that have been affected by bushfires.

Details:

  • Departs from Melbourne.
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Lake Entrance.
  • Fill up your Esky with local farmers' produce along the way.
  • Support local businesses and the communities with your visit.
  • See wildlife, waterfront views and enjoy lunch at Bullant Brewery.
  • Indulge with some regional style at the stunning Lightfoot & Sons winery.

Tour currently suspended. Please check back later.

Bushfire Recovery Short Break (Group Booking)
#EmptyEsky 4 Day NSW South Coast

Join #EmptyEsky on this 4 day South Coast Bushfire Recovery Trip. In conjunction with #EmptyEsky, travel through the NSW South Coast over 4 days, giving live support to some of the regions most beloved towns, that have been affected by bushfires.

Details:

  • Departs from Sydney.
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at Bermagui and Batemans Bay.
  • Fill up your Esky with local farmers' produce along the way.
  • Meet local farmers and community members.
  • Volunteering day building a farm fence and hear stories from the locals.

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Bushfire Recovery Short Break (Group Booking)
#EmptyEsky 3 Day Kangaroo Island

Join AAT Kings and #EmptyEsky on a 3 day trip to Kangaroo Island, visiting key regional producers and supporting this breathtaking Island in their Bushfire Recovery efforts.

Details:

  • Departs from Adelaide.
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Kangaroo Island.
  • Fill up your Esky with local farmers' produce along the way.
  • Visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park which has been taking care of injured wildlife on the island.
  • Volunteering with Blaze Aid helping vineyard owners cut down trellises and irrigation piping.

Tour currently suspended. Please check back later.

 

 

What is Empty Esky?

JOIN THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES SURVIVE THE DEVASTATING BUSHFIRES

Empty Esky is a phenomenally successful grassroots campaign that inspires people to go on an adventure road trip to the many unique Australian towns affected by the recent bushfires … and spend their money on local goods and services.

Thousands of families have lost their homes, and sometimes loved ones. But the fires have also destroyed the habitats, agriculture, produce and tourism that many of these communities depend on.

Without jobs and incomes, no one can survive.

Empty Esky is a simple, effective, long-term way for all of us to help these towns bounce back.

 

Follow the movement @Empty Esky Facebook Page