About Us

A smiling Kristie Kearney wearing a wide brimmed hat and cream shirt holding on to a pair of binoculars

Kristie Kearney
Owner and Head Guide

Growing up in the Central Tablelands of NSW with a love for camping, bushwalking and wildlife, it was inevitable that Kristie would find her calling in the great outdoors.

Formal qualifications in ecosystems management and cultural heritage, combined with over eighteen years’ experience in the Blue Mountains tourism industry, was the reason for Kristie starting up Wolgan Valley Eco Tours in 2016. Offering visitors to the region a truly unforgettable experience.

With an emphasis on small group sizes, Wolgan Valley Eco Tours can provide its guests with a more personal experience whilst ensuring minimal impact on our precious environment.

Kristie is passionate about the Greater Blue Mountains region, particularly the Wolgan Valley, a place she is fortunate to call home, and loves nothing more than being able to share this passion with guests.

Come and explore our backyard:

Wiradjuri Country

This land we proudly walk upon is sacred to the local Wiradjuri Nation, who have lived here for tens of thousands of years.They have a rich cultural heritage and a profound connection to the land, which is reflected in their language, stories, and traditions. We acknowledge and honour Wiradjuri people and the land we tread by practicing the beautiful Wiradjuri ethos of Yindyamarra - to respect, be gentle, and show kindness.

If you would like to experience Wiradjuri culture and help preserve Wiradjuri heritage we encourage you to visit Mingaan Wiradjuri's website.

Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

It takes in just over one million hectares of rugged wilderness, sheer cliffs, deep canyons and swamps teaming with life. The area includes an extensive range of Eucalypt communities and nearly 10% of Australia’s vascular plant species, constituting one of the largest and most intact tracts of protected bushland in Australia.

The Greater Blue Mountains also contains ancient, relict species of global significance. The most famous of these is the recently discovered Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis), a “living fossil” dating back to the age of the dinosaurs.

More than 400 different kinds of animals live within the rugged gorges and tablelands of the Greater Blue Mountains. These include threatened or rare species of conservation significance, such as Spotted-tailed Quoll, Koala, Yellow-bellied Glider, Giant Dragonfly, Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby and Blue Mountains Water Skink.

For more information on the Greater Blue Mounatins World Heritage Area visit the UNESCO World Heritage website.

Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is the second largest national park in NSW and the largest wilderness area in Eastern Australia.

Spanning over 500,000 hectares, the park is renowned for it's sandstone escarpments, deep canyons, basalt capped mountains, hanging swamps, and pockets of rainforest. The park is home to one of the oldest and rarest tree species in the world - the Wollemi Pine.

For more information on Wollemi National Park visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service website.

Gardens of Stone National Park

Established in 1994, Gardens of Stone National Park covers an area of 15,000 hectares abd features stunning rock pagodas, sandstone cliffs, canyons and breathtaking scenic views. The rugged terrain is a popular destination for bushwalking, rock climbing, and camping. The park is also culturally significant to the local Wiradjuri Nation, with rock art sites and cultural landscapes.

For more information on Gardens of Stone National Park visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service website.

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area spanning some 28,322 hectares. It boasts uniques pagoda rock formations, canyons, and panoramic views and hosts a diverse of rare flora and fauna. Rock art sites and cultural landmarks within the conservation area hold cultural significance for the local Wiradjuri Nation.

For more information on Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service website.

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If you plan on heading to Wolgan Valley Australia over the coming weeks, be sure to keep an eye out for the valley’s namesake: the Wolga Vine (Clematis aristata).


Our Commitment to the Environment

Our low-impact experiences and certification through Ecotourism Australia are integral to our business and ensure we are continually delivering high-quality, innovative experiences through ecologically sustainable practices and cultural responsibility.

We adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace and we strongly encourage our guests and visitors to do the same. Please make sure you leave the places that you visit as you found them, for others to enjoy. Stick to the tracks and do not remove any plants or artefacts, and refrain from feeding, touching or disturbing wildlife

Remember - take only pictures, leave only footprints!

EcoPassWolgan Valley Eco Tours holds a NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Parks EcoPass licence number LIC17/153.
This is your assurance that as a tour operator we are licensed to operate in NSW National Parks and that the activity will have minimum impact on the environment.

Advanced Ecotourism Certified

Wolgan Valley Eco Tours has attained Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia.
This accreditation is only given to operators who deliver Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, which operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment.
This accreditation also recognises our commitment in achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping our local community. 

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours meets specific criteria set by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP).
This ensures that we are committed to exceeding our guest’s expectations with great customer service and the highest standards of business practice.
Only leading Australian tourism operators display the accreditation tick.

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours is a proud member of the leading wildlife tourism industry body Wildlife Tourism Australia.
We are committed to the conservation of Australian native wildlife through having practices in place specifically designed to minimise any negative impacts of wildlife viewing and interaction with wildlife. 

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Our Business Operations are Carbon Offset and Wolgan Valley Eco Tours proudly supports the Greenfleet biodiverse program.
This support has not only seen the planting of native trees to offset our carbon emissions from our business operations, it is also helping to improve water quality, reduce soil degradation and provide essential habitat for our native wildlife.
Greenfleet is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to connecting people with real climate action. Greenfleet is Australia’s most respected source of biodiverse native carbon offsets.

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours is pleased to advise that it is compliant with the NSW State Government’s COVID-19 restrictions.

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