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Our team

Our guides and the team behind the scenes create our experiences …

We are proud of our guides and their off-field support team. With great pre-trip planning our guides can focus on you, your group and the environment. They are professionals committed to nature and the environment. They are multi-skilled – drivers, guides, interpreters, hosts, cooks, storytellers and adventurers. They are supported by our office team to ensure your walk’s success.

A selection of team members:
Mat – Kalamaluka – Tamar Valley, Launceston 

Mat first came to Tassy in 2021 and instantly fell in love with its wild beauty and the scope for adventures it presented. He has since been living and guiding full-time in Tasmania. As a keen explorer and history buff, he is passionate about sharing Tasmania’s special places and stories with his guests and friends.

Kate – Yugambeh country / Queensland 

Kate grew up in country WA, gaining her love for the natural environment at an early age on stations and coastlines in the Pilbara. She’s travelled and worked extensively, in Australia and offshore! She recently started a degree in Environmental science, to align with her passion for protecting and preserving the environment for future generations. 

Stephen – Nipaluna / Hobart

Loving the outdoors, Stephen originally trained as a surveyor. However, his passion for travel and adventure saw him pursue marine wilderness adventures in Canada and Antarctica. He first trekked Tasmania as a student, and now calls Hobart home. Whilst he loves the mountains, its the diversity of Tasmania that made him call it home.

Peter – Ngarrindjeri Country / Strathalbyn, South Australia

Peter’s first extended bushwalk was as a 15-year old at Wamon / Wilson’s Promontory. That trip inspired him to pursue a diverse career with the outdoors as a common theme. He has been a youth worker, and worked across viticulture, tourism and economic development industries. Among other things he ran a bicycle touring business and managed Mawson Station in Antartica for a year. When not guiding he loves to record oral histories, serves as an SES volunteer and is actively involved in amateur theatre.

Jason – Sydney / Gadigal Land

Originally from Adelaide, Jason discovered his passion for the outdoors when he moved to Sydney. From small hikes, he went on to tackle ever larger challenges including the 500km Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle to Taree, and then traversed Tasmania top to bottom, via the Overland Track. Whilst working full-time he juggles travel, Park Trek and community walks and raising money for charity.

Jess – Djab Wurrung Country

Jess’ love of the outdoors began growing up in Newcastle. Later she moved to the Gold Coast where became hooked on hiking its World Heritage listed National Parks. With a background in Youth Development and Outdoor Education, she loves connecting people with nature to create memorable experiences. Jess travels throughout the year to experience the best that Australia has to offer. Her love of the ocean, surfing, rock climbing, and hiking makes the Three Capes Tour a favourite of hers!

Jamie – Wurundjeri Country / Melbourne

Jamie loves hiking, but his ultimate passion is for wildlife. Whether it’s birding or photographing animals, he grabs every opportunity to get outdoors. Since graduating from his Psychology honours in 2019, Jamie has worked in disability and as a hiking guide. He believes he is meant to work with nature and plans to study Ecology and Environmental Science alongside guiding. He loves guiding Ikara / Flinders Rangers and the Top End!

Beth – Lutruwita / Tasmania

Beth is part of our amazing Tasmania Park Trek Crew. Beth has a passion for the outdoors and all things associated with nature. Her current goal is walking all the Abels (158 of Tasmania’s Mountains over 1,100m tall). In her spare time, you’ll see her out walking, rockclimbing or adventuring somewhere new.

Heidi – Lutruwita / Tasmania

Heidi originally studied as a marine biologist and spent 12 seasons in Antarctica.  Recently, she spent six months living on remote Maatsuyker Island off the southwest coast of Tasmania, where she was the volunteer lighthouse caretaker. When bushwalking, Heidi enjoys identifying birds and is a member of the Birdlife Tasmania Committee.  When asked what is her favourite walk in Tasmania, “It’s too hard to decide!”

Emma – Lutruwita / Tasmania

Emma is an avid rock climber, bushwalker, and all-round outdoor enthusiast. She believes movement is medicine, and quality time in the Tasmanian wilderness with good people is an experience beyond comparison. When not exploring Tasmania’s rugged mountain ranges and dramatic coastlines, Emma is a physiotherapist, pilates instructor and yoga teacher. You might even be able to coax an impromptu class out of her!

Gillian

Gillian believes, whether young or old, experienced or just wishing to get out and about to explore Mother Nature, there’s a Park Trek walk just perfect for you.  Gillian has always loved incorporating hiking into her travels. Over many years she was an offshore guide, now she enjoys hiking in her own backyard and sharing her love of the outdoors and nature with her guests. 

Bianca

Bianca has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and insatiable curiosity about all things in nature. She has a background in education and coaching, she loves to share her knowledge and information about of many Australia’s wild places with all of her guests. When not out exploring on a Park Trek tour, she can usually be found on a downhill mountain bike track, baking sourdough bread or relaxing at remote campsite. 

Juanita – Rostering & Logistics Co-ordinator, Lutruwita / Tasmania

With more than 10 years industry experience, Juanita has a passion for the outdoors and sharing it with others and has studied ecology. Her adventures and experiences are rich and varied, including creating food gardens in Brazil, working in South Africa, cycling across America, growing up with First Nations communities in the Top-End, and guiding snow-camping groups in the Snowies … and now the best adventure of all – becoming a mum. She contributes to the incredible Park Trek experience from behind the scenes supporting our wonderful guides and guests on tour.

Bailey – Sales & Tour Office Manager, Wurundjeri Country

Bailey leads the Sales & Tour Office. Having grown up in Nebraska, she later studied and successfully completed her undergrad before moving to Colorado to pursue adventures involving hiking, climbing, and skiing. Now, living in Melbourne with her partner, she is, among so many other skills and pursuits, an avid-adventurer and outdoors woman. She now loves exploring the wide-open spaces that make Australia so special. 

Alex – National Product & Operations Manager, Lutruwita / Tasmania

Alex is our product and operations manager. Living in beautiful St Helens, Tasmania she gets to regularly enjoy the stunning landscapes and nature of the Larapuna/ Bay of Fires region. Having completed her undergraduate studies, Alex has also guided many seasons in Tasmania and on the Mainland. Her adventures and treks are too intrepid and numerous to even try to summarise!

Lorinda
Lorinda – Guide, Bunurong Country

Lorinda has always loved travel and nature. She developed her passion for hiking training for the Inca trail, which lead to more hiking adventures here and offshore. With a background in teaching and psychology, Lorinda enjoys interacting with people and sharing her knowledge and passion for the great outdoors. Her favourite  trips to guide are Three Capes, Gariwerd (Grampians) and the Top-End.

Cleo – Happiness & Therapy Dog, Wurundjeri Country

Cleo is an enthusiast for life, nature and companionship. She lives with our owner Charles, his partner Phoebe, and their kids Harrison and Ondine, and their pets, Stream the Macleay-River Turtle and Kobi the rescued Off-the-track horse. She’s always up for a cuddle and a chat. She’s a gentle giant and very loveable. She makes regular visits to check in on the team and to lend a paw wherever she can.

Charles – Co-owner & Managing Director, Wurundjeri Country

Growing up in Melbourne, Charles also spent a lot of his childhood on the stunning Sapphire Coast and the Monaro / Kosciuszko region of New South Wales. Working as a lawyer and management consultant, he later pursued a successful executive career in transport and logistics. He and his family are passionate about time in nature, for kids and adults alike. This passion underpinned his purchase of Park Trek in December 2021.

Guide testimonials, why our guides love working at Park Trek … 

“There are many walking companies in Tasmania. What makes Park Trek standout is the way they treat their guides and the authenticity of their trips … a focus on creating a great experience all round for guests and guides”.

“Working in the adventure and experience industry, we know that sometimes despite the best planning, things sometimes don’t always go to plan. So it’s great knowing the office crew have your back to get things back on track”.

“I love working for Park Trek because of the diversity of tours … Three Capes one week, the magical Tarkine the next! The support and information that comes from our Ops Team is incredible!”

“Working as a Park Trek guide has been a challenge with great rewards. Fellow guides are knowledgeable, respectful and passionate about nature and the environment … their professional dedication is contagious”. 

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing our guests unwind as soon as they hit the path … it’s awesome!”.

Cradle Mountain Tour Group, Tasmanian Walking Co
Kakadu trek, Arnhem Land & Litchfield walking tour
All our guides are seasoned professionals, qualified and accredited for the benefit of our guests.  Required qualifications include:
  1. Wilderness First Aid, Remote Area First Aid or equivalent or higher certifications,
  2. Specific first aid certifications including CPR (HLTAI009), Emergency Life Support (HLTAID010),
  3. Car (Class C) or MR / HR drivers licence endorsed for PPV/CPV in the relevant State in which they guide,
  4. Certificate or Bachelor in Guiding, Outdoor Recreation or Outdoor Education, or equivalent to two full years of guiding experience,
  5. Food Handlers Certificate
  6. Local knowledge and familiarity of trails, habitat and geography.
Interested in joining the Park Trek team?

If you think you’ve the required skills and passion to work for Park Trek, send us an email with your current CV and up to date credentials. If your skills match a current job opportunity, we’ll be sure to get back to you.

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