About Nature Freedom

Striving for Inclusion


Nature Freedom was founded by Mathew Townsend in 2017.

Our aim is to create inclusive and accessible nature-based activities to facilitate community engagement. We further aim to provide employment opportunities within our organisation for people with disabilities. 

All our activities, programs and tours are co-designed by people with disabilities and relevant community groups. We prioritise collaboration with industry, government, private and public organisations and communities to form strong partnerships and develop better ideas and methods for inclusion.

Bushwalking tours with nature freedom from 2023
A group of nine people in hats and life jackets sitting in five different canoes and kayaks on the water under a clear blue sky.

Through our partnerships and collaborations, we aim to:

  • Promote inclusion in activities, communities and workplaces for people with disabilities.
  • Develop co-designed integrated models for inclusion.
  • Challenge approaches to gaining meaningful experiences for people with disabilities.
  • Focus on lived experiences.

We believe everybody deserves equal opportunities. A core element of our programs is establishing and maintaining the individual goals of our participants.” – Mathew Townsend, Founder & CEO

The benefits of our programs include:

  • Inclusion is a key factor – no one is left behind.
  • A safe space for individuals from all walks of life.
  • Our organisation and all its programs and projects are based upon lived experience.
  • An opportunity to make friends, build relationships and/or find career opportunities.
  • Build confidence and self-esteem.
  • You will have heaps of fun.
Teens and staff walking on a bushwalking tours with Nature Freedom
A group of six smiling people, including a woman in a wheelchair, standing on a sandy shoreline near a couple of gumtrees.
A smiling young woman together with a smiling man with a white cane, in front of trees and bushes with the ocean visible in the distance.

Our Activities

Local Activities

School Holiday & Vocational Programs

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Vocational school programs
  • Community group bookings
Three young women with Nature Freedom's Founder Mathew, planting marigolds in a garden bed.
A young woman showing six girls of different ages how to plant seeds into small pots.

Visitor Experiences

  • Paddling
  • Bushwalking
  • Nature-based activities

Corporate and Business Capacity Building Programs

  • Paddling
  • Bushwalking
  • Nature Crafts
A smiling man and older woman sitting on a ferry.
A young woman and two girls sitting and smiling in a yellow kayak on the water, with a person in a blue and white canoe behind them.