GOING WILD: A group taking on The 1770 Challenge.
GOING WILD: A group taking on The 1770 Challenge. Contributed

Seventeen Seventy tour guide keeps fit on job

A FIVE-day canoe and walking trip is a challenge, but for David Blount it's also his job.

The 1770 Challenge began two months ago after Mr Blount came up with the business idea two years ago.

Mr Blount takes up to eight people from Round Hill Creek past the Bustard Head's lighthouse to Clew's Point.

But the views of pristine isolated beaches do not come easy.

There is a certain level of fitness involved.

He said there was also a three-day challenge as an alternative.

"You do a lot of canoeing and walking, and along the beach you're towing the canoes on trolleys."

"It's the only way to get there (Pancake Creek) unless you go by four-wheel-drive, and you can't really rely on the roads," he said.

Mr Blount first thought of the business idea two years ago when he moved to Seventeen Seventy.

The idea came to fruition two months ago.

But the most enjoyable part for Mr Blount is not the places, it's the people.

"I've had a 70-year-old lady do it who loved it. She said it was so beautiful she didn't want to go home," he said.

"I always wanted a job where I was physically doing things. That's the main reason I started it up."

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