South Coast Journeys’ slogan ‘Connecting people & nature’ captures our philosophy.
This idea grew from the belief that most of the world’s population now live busy lives in an urban environment. The natural rhythms of life are increasingly being crowded out by work, technology and entertainment. The natural environment is often appreciated on some level for its intrinsic beauty or utility value of fresh water, food and air – but it is still often separate from our every-day existence.
At South Coast Journeys, we aim to give you a small re-connection with the ocean, beach, bush, rainforest, and the plants and animals that make up these ecosystems. We allow enough time in our itinerary to take the time for you to see the wondrous small creatures in the water, to connect to the rhythm of the ocean as you look out for waves to ride, see dolphins frolic in the vast aqua waters of Jervis Bay, see the moon and stars by campfire light and wake to the dawn chorus of the birds as the sun rises on a new day. Our aim is for you to take a small slice of this peace with you on the rest of your life journey.
At South Coast Journeys, we believe in the power of travel and the environment to connect people from diverse backgrounds, from local Sydneysiders and South Coast dwellers to people from around the world. Christopher McCandless wrote “Happiness is only real when shared” (from the movie and book Into the Wild). Whether it be the thrill of standing up on a surfboard for the first time, or seeing a pod of dolphins, it can be difficult to share the emotion of the moment with friends and family back home.
We hold to the philosophy that the moments shared on South Coast Journeys tours will create lasting memories and bonds with the people on tour with you. We also believe in just ‘connecting people’. Not only to the people on your tour, but in future tours we want to offer the chance to learn about the rich culture of the South Coast local Aboriginal people of the Yuin Nation.
Our South Coast Journeys logo captures the essence of the South Coast and living our dreams through travel: the philosophy that when we travel we are open to changes in the environment and our inner selves. If you look closely, the logo changes colour from the deeper ocean blue of the open ocean at ‘the Farm’ to the lighter aqua of the waters of Jervis Bay as we head south on our journey.
Below the South Coast Journeys name is a dream catcher – designed from Casuarina seed pods, a common coastal tree that can grow in harsh salty conditions to represent new beginnings and growth out of adversity and the power and balance of the female spirit (it is commonly known as the She Oak), the eucalyptus or gum leaf to represent the Australian Bush and a tail feather of the iconic Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo, a majestic bird whose call can be often heard on the South Coast.
Many Aboriginal people believe their call indicates the approach of rain, and thus replenishment. Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos can sometimes be seen flying solo, other times in pairs – if you are lucky you will see a flock of three or more. A good metaphor for how we ourselves travel through life. Sometimes we are open to more adventures when travelling on our own, sometimes we need to be with our partners, friends and family.