Tiger Adventure Tours: Wining and dining in the wild
Lynden and Estelle Wright have taken their business from the realm of idea to offering tour-goers an unforgettable adventure on Tasmania’s East Coast
A surfing chef who can drive a four-wheel-drive with finesse. When Lynden Wright returned to Tasmania with his French wife Estelle, he wanted to get outside and play. Now he does every day, for a living.
Lynden spent his childhood in Tasmania in the mountains and lakes around Strathgordon, Tullah and Sheffield. His father was a hydro-superintendent and his mother was a nurse. Although he later spent 20 years in other parts of Australia refining his culinary skills, Tasmania lured him back. Today the seaside town of Bicheno is home to his family, which includes wife Estelle, daughter Sienna, and their Border Collie.
“I love the space in Tasmania,” says Lynden. “Although the cities with their food and culture are great, they can feel overwhelming. Here we can enjoy fresh air and seclusion. The bush is just 10 minutes from home and I love the surf breaks. Tasmania has a piece of everything.”
It was while on a four wheel drive trip to Broken Back Ridge that Lynden said to a mate, “imagine if I could do this full time.” Today, Tiger Adventure Tours is a reality.
Lynden’s four wheel drive tours include east coast wines, craft beers and chef-prepared meals. The itineraries are authentic and guests can expect anything from exploring dirt tracks to cruising along sandy beaches or climbing up high for panoramic views. As a local, Lynden takes guests off the beaten track to east coast destinations few will ever see. Then guests watch their driver morph into a chef, complete with chef’s jacket while he whips up some fine Tasmanian cuisine.
“I cook in a freestyle way, using what’s in season. I’ve served up tasting plates of salmon at Bluestone Bay, overlooking the turquoise water and deep bluestone of the granite. We’ve had fennel scallop linguini on Seymour Beach. I’ve cooked boar fish, carrot puree, pickled onion and Greek salad on the north eastern peninsula at Eddystone Point. Every experience is different.”
When Lynden isn’t sourcing Pyengana meat in St Helens or fresh fish in Bicheno, he loves to surf. You’ll also find him in the garden, tending to his own veggies, herbs and seasonal treats, ready for handpicking.
“It has been wonderful setting up a business in Tasmania. You can come here with fresh ideas and there’s an alternative feel to the place where everyone can find their niche.”
“I’m a passionate Tasmanian and there’s no better time to be involved in tourism. I want to show others what this island has to offer in a way that is sustainable for a future we can all enjoy. I’m already collaborating with other operators to create an authentic and enhanced experience.”
Estelle has tourism experience herself and the pair have worked hard to build an offering that has broad appeal. Behind the scenes, Estelle also delights in the strong French connection on Tasmania’s east coast, with many areas named after early French explorers.
“I hope our visitors will experience the same amazing sense of freedom I felt when Lynden took me on my first road trip on Tasmania’s east coast,” says Estelle.
And Lynden’s favourite haunts? “Either the Friendlies North Lookout or Bluestone Bay and Whitewater Wall. I love the contrast of the ocean meeting the traditional Tasmanian terrain. If you really want to feel free, Cape Tourville is where my heart belongs.”
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