About Us

TREK TOURS AUSTRALIA

Trek Tours Australia was created in 2010 with a focus on providing high quality, small group trekking experiences in Australia’s most spectacular regions.  With many years of experience, Trek Tours Australia has developed a deep understanding of what is required to operate outstanding trekking holidays. The company continues to innovate and promote advanced eco-tourism principles, whilst exploring Australia’s magnificent wilderness. From small beginnings Trek Tours Australia has now grown to employ thirty of the best wilderness guides in Australia – whose experience, knowledge and passion help to create inspiring journeys for our guests.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Responsible travel is the very core of our business. Trek Tours Australia aims to be at the forefront of this movement and will always continue to improve and innovate in our commitment to the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism. Working together with our guests, suppliers, government and indigenous stakeholders – it is our goal to continuously monitor and improve our performance and to ultimately be regarded as one of the best tour operators in Australia.

 

All our operations and business practices embody ecotourism principles. Every decision and action of ours takes these principles into account.

Trek Tours Australia:

• is conscious of both the positive and the negative impacts of our operations and conduct;

• has a responsibility to build awareness around cultural and ecological values;

• delivers positive Australian visitor experiences;

• provides direct benefits for conservation;

• generates financial benefits for local communities and private local industry;

• operates a leave-no-trace and minimal impact business; and

• recognises, respects and consults with the traditional owners of Australia.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The preservation, conservation and presentation of the environment is of principal importance to Trek Tours Australia. We consider it a privilege to operate in the unique wilderness areas across the Australian continent.

 

Trek Tours Australia’s environmental objectives are:

Ensure compliance with all Australian environmental legislation and our tour operator permits.

Comply with all Australian National Park Area Management Plan requirements, standards and guidelines.

Maintain and exceed Australian Outdoor Activity Standards.

Identify and minimise all possible environmental risks associated with the operation of our treks.

Ensure there is no long term environmental impact from our operations.

Contribute to the conservation management objectives of our partners at respective Parks and Wildlife Service and associated partners.

Use interpretation as a means of increasing our guests’ environmental awareness.

Ensure there is no long term cultural impact from the operation of any of our tours.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.

WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO TREK WITH US

You'll see more on foot
You'll see more on foot
We believe that the best way to really experience Australia’s spectacular wilderness is to walk in it. Unlike travelling in a vehicle, a hiker can take the time to experience the true beauty and magnificence of nature. Our treks take you to the secluded, unspoiled places where few tourists venture – beautiful, remote, peaceful, and wild.

 

Our style of walking is to take plenty of time to enjoy the birds, plants, animals, scenery and the fact of just being in the bush. We don’t race from A to B. That way, you can enjoy both the challenge and the beauty of the trail and surrounds – take a few photographs, sit down occasionally for a cup of tea, ask questions about what you’ve seen, or just be.

You'll love our food
You'll love our food
Trek Tours Australia prides itself on preparing fresh and wholesome meals using organic produce as much as possible. Our guides are skilled and passionate cooks who love to surprise and delight you with a tasty array of nutritious dishes.

 

Anyone for coffee? The first meal of the day sets us up for a great walk. We love making a beautiful cup of coffee first thing in the morning, which we gently plunge for your pleasure. Tea drinkers find that our dozen or so tea varieties offer a cup to delight.

 

A great breakfast sets us up for a big day on the trail. You can look forward to a range of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, porridge and juice.

Our guides make all the difference
Our guides make all the difference
A great trek starts with having  great guides and we think ours are the best in the business. Along with their professional qualifications and our own in-depth training, Trek Tours Australia guides all have that something special, that thing you can’t learn from a book or in a classroom – passion.

 

Our guides are an eclectic bunch of beautiful people who love to share their wilderness experience and knowledge, creating inspiring trekking journeys for our treasured guests.

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Your guides’ magical pack provides an amazing lunch selection of fresh and tasty salads, cold meats, cheese and an array of condiments and dips – served with wraps or rolls in a shady buffet setting.

 

While you’ve been out hiking the trail, your camp host has been busy preparing another scrumptious three course meal (sorry, no one on our treks loses weight :). Think gourmet cheeses, exotic dips, roasts, pastas, risottos, stir frys, grills, camp oven specials and fresh tasty salads. A surprising sweet finish is always a lovely way to end the day.

 

Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are a speciality of ours.

 

We believe the combination of our delicious food served in amazing places, make our treks a truly tasty experience.

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“For me the guides were a highlight in themselves. What amazingly knowledgeable, capable and positive people they are. Their attitude and skills made the challenge achievable. They looked after everything from advice, guiding, educating, cooking, logistics, psychology – I envy their energy levels!!”

 

“Our 3 day expedition with Trek Larapinta was exceptional. An amazing experience and privilege to walk through this country and learn so much through our guide. Fantastic fresh food and a wonderful camp that has given me a new benchmark for camping ease, comfort and minimalism.  Trek Larapinta were very accommodating of our small group and we all felt very spoilt!”

 

“We chose the 9 day trek with Trek Larapinta and, as experienced trekkers, were delighted that we did, as they made it a memorable 9 days, the best organised trek we have been on. Brilliant, hardworking guides couldn’t have looked after us better, on the road, in camp and on the trail. The food would have put many noted restaurants to shame and both of them produced memorable meals. We were always well briefed about where we were going and what the conditions were, and on the trail they provided lots of information about the geology, plants etc. Where does TL find such multi skilled people?”

 

“From the moment our guides picked us up at our hotel to the time they dropped us off 6 days later their professionalism, experience, knowledge, personalities and exceptional cooking abilities made this trip 10/10.
Having guides like this certainly puts the whole group at ease and our group in particular were great.
The food offered up each day was nearly the highlight of the trek. What came out each night around the campfire straight out of the camp oven would have many a chef in awe.”

 

“Now back in civilsation after an awesome 6 day experience with Trek Larapinta. Being an older trekker, I was once again overwhelmed by the care and support of the guides and the willingness for me to do as much as I could/wanted to do.Having done the Jatbula last year, I was keen to try the Larapinta. Once again the equipment, food and nurturing support of the guides was first class. The permanent camp site on the Ormiston River bed was stunning visually and efficient practically. Well done, Trek Larapinta!

MEET OUR TEAM

Clare Drabsch

Australian Operations Manager

Inspired by trips through the Kimberley and Kakadu, Clare decided to turn her love of the outdoors into her lifestyle. Studying a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns, Clare spent several years working with school students on outdoor adventures and then 7 years ago began guiding with Trek Tours Australia. Her guiding career has taken her to the Larapinta Trail, Heysen Trail, Kangaroo Island, Jatbula Trail, Kakadu, Bungle Bungle & Tasmania.

 

Clare then spent two years as our Guest Services Manager and in 2019 moved into the busy and exciting role of Australian Operations Manager. She is looking forward to the new challenge and spending time in all the amazing locations around Australia where we offer treks.

Nick Scharm

General Manager

General Manager Nick Scharm grew up exploring the landscapes and cultures of Africa and Europe. Travelling, exploration and trekking was imprinted from a young age. Nick moved to the mother country, Australia, to take up studies in ecotourism and landed his first guiding jobs in south east and far north Queensland. After trekking through the Tasmanian mountains, Nick fell in love with the island state and eventually made the permanent move to Launceston, which he now calls home with his small family.

 

Nick has been in the tourism and trekking field for 20 years and holds a BA and MA in Ecotourism Development. Nick has filled senior guiding and management roles with a variety of national and international travel companies. Nick’s passion for delivering a genuine wilderness experience is underpinned with his personal ethos of “getting back to nature where things matter”.

Holger Strie

Managing Director

Managing Director of Trek Tours Australia, Holger was born in Germany and was lucky enough to move to Tasmania with his family at the age of 2. Growing up in the beautiful Tamar Valley, North of Launceston he was introduced to the Tassie wilderness at a very early age. The Tassie wilderness is a place he feels very strongly about and is where this modern day bushman really feels at home.

 

His passion and knowledge about the wild areas of Australia has seen him become one of the most trusted and respected wilderness guides in Australia. Having spent the past 15 years leading trips in wilderness areas in Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia he has built an impressive portfolio of treks and a legion of satisfied trekking clients (with an impressive television career featuring on Channel 9’s Getaway 3 times, Japanese wildlife documentaries and numerous local TV productions).

 

Holger specialises in our remote walking trips in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia. With unsurpassed local knowledge coupled with a Certificate IV in Eco Adventure Tourism and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Holger is an outstanding professional wilderness guide, with a passion and commitment to customer service that is truly world class.

Nic Edwards

Finance Manager

Nic graduated with a degree in commerce from University of Tasmania. Working for a local chartered accounting firm in Launceston for a number of years he then had a merger with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which saw him working for a big4 accounting firm. After ten years Nic branched out setting up his own business serving local niche businesses.

 

Growing up in an avid bushwalking family, Nic has seen much of his home state Tasmania and all it has to offer. Spare time these days involves spending time with family or running, mountain biking and being outdoors.

Kellie O’Brien

Guest Services

After exploring many parts of the wider world, Kellie, has begun to discover
the rich beauty and adventure possible within her own country, Australia.
After working with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, on a tour boat cruising
through the waterways of the remote Kimberley, working for many years in the
stunning Byron Shire and now based in Tasmania, she has developed an
appreciation for this country’s unique wilderness experiences. Kel wanted to
find ways to use her studies and experience in tourism to work with and
support this beautiful environment. Kellie was searching for a company that
supported her values in sustainable and responsible ecotourism that supports
the appreciation and conservation of Australia’s diverse and spectacular
landscapes.

 

Kellie now joins us in the role as Trek Tours Australia’s Guest Services
Manager, where she is looking forward to another new and exciting adventure.
Kel will be coordinating your next trekking adventure and will look after
your booking experience from start to finish.

Advanced Eco-Tourism Accreditation
Accredited Tourism Business Australia
Friends of the Larapinta Trail
Respecting Our Culture