Past Outdoors was founded in 2020 in Stanwell Park at the foot of Illawarra Escarpment on the NSW South Coast. Combining a passion for the outdoors, conservation and creativity, along with the team's experience of conducting and supporting Special Operations; PAST Outdoors creates minimalist, ultralight shelters using modern materials and design concepts.
What we do
Every product is designed through user experience and Design Thinking practices, refined by our industrial designers and engineers and then field tested by a variety of end users in a broad range of environments.
With our large network of outdoor recreation industry experts and in-house design, PAST Outdoors can design, rapid prototype and test our products continuously.
Our experience in the outdoors and in conducting Special Operations, where the performance of personnel and equipment is essential to mission success, has driven our product design and testing protocols.
Being a small company, we aspire to maintain quality control through ownership and control of our entire supply chain. We only use validated manufacturers and tested materials.
Who We Are
Parker And Sons Trading (PAST) Pty Ltd was founded by Dave Parker (pictured) in 2020, with the goal of getting more people into the outdoors and appreciating what nature has to offer in any season, weather or terrain.
Drawing inspiration from his family (rich in innovation and self-starters), Dave chose the trading name PAST to honour the previous generations of his family. By keeping the family name alive and carrying on the work which was started when his grandfather, Arthur 'Digger' Parker, founded his first business making concrete water tanks, Dave hopes to lay the foundations for future generations of Parkers.
After almost 20 years conducting Special Operations in the Australian Army and then completing an MBA, Dave combines his experience and passion for the outdoors, conservation and creativity. In doing this, PAST Outdoors was born to help connect people with the outdoors and to bring comfort in a traditionally uncomfortable environment.
Connecting with the outdoors connects us to our PAST and to who we are as humans.
Our flagship store and R & D centre is in Helensburgh, NSW - the stepping off point for adventuring in the The Royal National Park and about 50 minutes south of the Sydney CBD.
With an ever growing range of brands and products, our experiential show room aims to immerse you in the space of our tipis. Doing this enables you to sample our products and have the opportunity to test and learn about them.
We also offer private demonstrations of any of our kit where over the course of 30-60 minutes we will take you through the setup and features of anything you wish to learn about. You can book a time by contacting us. Appointments are available at almost any time that will suit you as we live local and enjoy taking the time to show case our products and meet our customers. These appointments are ideal for hiking groups, clubs and Outdoor Education classes.
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