Ben Rea

Ben Rea

Ben is a local Tasmanian adventure guide & world traveler, back-country skier, sea kayak expedition leader and instructor, free-­diver & snorkel instructor, mountain biker, naturalist, historian & amateur anthropologist.

He has a Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Nature Tourism from La Trobe University in Bendigo, specialising in Experiential Education with a Diploma of Education from Charles Sturt University.

Ben has worked as a Wilderness Adventure Guide (Tasmania & British Columbia, Canada); Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service Education Ranger; Campaigner for the Wilderness Society Tasmania; Marine Adventure Learning Program Coordinator (Woodbridge School); Film Producer; Convener of the “Tasmanian sustainable tourism forum” – a community discussion with panel of experts hosted by Education for Sustainability Tasmania at the University of Tasmania in September 2017 for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

 


My Story

I am Tasmanian and I love my island home.

My family story in Australia began as convict First Fleet arrivals to Sydney in 1788, then later with British settlement of Van Dieman’s Land when ancestor Robert Carter Alomes (British Marine on the vessel Ocean), was sent ashore in 1804 by lieutenant governor David Collins with the flag raising Party to establish Hobart.

My family have multi-­generational links to the Tasmanian East Coast through business and farming across eight generations. Today I work closely with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to understand the past and educate wider Tasmania and visiting guests on the value of maintaining connection to country and culture. I grew up on East coast in a home built on Maria Island by the pioneering Italian and Maria Island entrepreneur Diago Bernachi. Exploring, adventuring and later working on the Island as an education ranger with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

I currently specialise in the field of experiential nature-based adventure learning with a focus on story-­ telling and meaningful nature connection. I launched Tasmanian eBike Adventures in 2017 and commenced operating on Bangor in collaboration with the Dunbabin family, owners of Bangor Farm and developers of the Bangor Winery Shed.

In August 2018 I received a licence from the Tasmanian government to operate electric mountain bike adventures on Maria island National Park which will commence this upcoming season in December.

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