Rob Pennicott, Pennicott Wilderness Adventures

I first met Rob, a Bruny Island fisherman, fifteen years ago when he took me, like so many of his friends before me, out on his wooden sailing boat from Bruny Island, on to the edge of the Great Southern Ocean. On a blinding Tasmanian summer morning, as we motored along 300 metre cliffs with massive dolerite spires shooting into the cloudless sky, we were privileged to be joined by a mega pod of dolphin, hundreds if not a thousand, along with swooping albatross - and pull up a shark and a conger eel in the cray pot that Rob had dropped for our lunch! Fifteen years later Rob’s family business has thrived and he now operates daily trips in his purpose built distinct yellow boats from both Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. He has poured a huge percentage of his profits in to nature conservation and humanitarian projects, single-handedly circumnavigating Australia to raise $250,000 for polio eradication, and won every tourism award going. Rob still goes out on the boats most days.