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  • The Guides Holger Strie and Richard Mayne

    HOLGER STRIE

    Director and founding partner of Australian Wilderness Adventures, 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 10 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 will specialise 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.

    RICHARD MAYNE

    Director and founding partner of Australian Wilderness Adventures, Richard Mayne started his career in tourism age 9 with a family tour of the UK and the United States of America. The bug had bitten and his travels, treks and work have since taken him to Fiji, South East Asia, the Middle East, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Nepal and Tibet.

    Employment with some of the leading tourism and entertainment companies of the world, interspersed with stints exploring his own backyard, convinced Richard that the Australian Wilderness was where his heart was and where he wanted to be. For the past 12 years Richard has led tours in some of the most spectacular country Australia has to offer, some highlights include the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, South West Western Australia, Larapinta Trail and the Jatbula Trail.

    Camp fire cooking, sleeping under the stars and walking in the wilderness continues to be an abiding passion and soul enriching life choice for him. Sourcing local food and preparing delicious meals in challenging climatic conditions are all part of the joy of working in the wilderness and Richard is never happier than when kneading a damper dough and stoking the camp fire. Food is a passion of his and something that Australian Wilderness Adventures prides itself on. With a friendly relaxed manner and an informed and insightful guiding style, Richard goes above and beyond to make his trips unique memorable experiences.

    The Guides Brad Dean

    BRAD DEAN - SENIOR GUIDE

    Brad brings a passion and understanding of the Australian wilderness to his tours that’s been developed from many years leading some of the toughest treks in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. His qualifications in eco-tourism and remote wilderness first aid ensure a safe and professionally managed trek; his enthusiasm and love of the bush guarantees the trip of a lifetime. When he isn’t leading treks for us you will find Brad exploring the deepest most remote wilderness regions he can find. A truly inspirational guide and an awesome bloke.

    ANDREW (THE BUSHMAN) LARNER

    Andrew has vast experience and knowledge of remote Australia, which combined with his incredible bush skills make him the ideal outback guide. One of the most experienced and respected wilderness guides; this true Aussie bushman will be taking groups on the Larapinta Trail and some of our tours in his home state of Tasmania.
    We feel privileged to have Andrew on our guiding team.

    The Guides Brad Dean

    KATE BROWN (KT)

    Kate is a country girl with a corporate city life, well that was until she discovered her love of trekking in the Andes. Since completing her Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Kate has led treks in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Nepal and New Zealand. A Larapinta specialist with a beautiful nature, exceptional knowledge and leadership skills, Kate is an awesome addition to our guiding team.

    AARON HEIER

    Tassie born and bred, Aaron is a passionate explorer of its remote wilderness areas, with a special love for our Flinders Island trek which he helped develop. This picture of Aaron was taken on the Jatbula Trail, a place that he has developed a deep connection and understanding of, following many seasons leading treks there. Since completing his formal qualifications in outdoor recreation and remote wilderness first aid, Aaron has continued to develop his knowledge and skills and is an outstanding wilderness leader. We are delighted that a guide of Aaron's calibre has decided to join our team on the Larapinta and Jatbula.

    The Guides Brad Dean

    KATRINA CULLEN (KAT)

    Kat is our resident botanist who decided after 10 years of plants it was time to follow her passion for an outdoor life, qualifying with a Certificate IV in Outdoor Education and remote wilderness first aid qualifications. Kat has gone on to lead treks in some of the most remote wilderness areas of Australia. When she's not sharing her love of the outdoors with her guests, you will find her trail running, horse riding, back country skiing or just spending time on wind swept mountain tops. This year Kat will be joining us on the Larapinta Trail, as well as sharing her exceptional outdoor skills on our Heysen Trail and Kangaroo Island treks.

    NICOLE JENNINGS

    Nicole's love for discovering wild places, combined with her sense of adventure has seen her explore many remote parts of the country in recent years. Joining us on the Larapinta Trail, Nicole's positive attitude, local knowledge and passion for cooking bush cuisine ensures an amazing Larapinta experience.

    The Guides Brad Dean

    CLARE DRABSCH

    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 with remote wilderness first aid qualifications, she has spent the last few years taking students on outdoor adventures, hiking, paddling and rock climbing in Australia and overseas. Having lived in Alice Springs in the past, Clare has explored and enjoyed the Larapinta Trail and is now looking forward to sharing her considerable experience and leadership skills with our guests.

    JACOB ROBINSON

    Jacob, the newest member of our team is a Tassie born and bred wilderness explorer, blessed with an easy going and caring nature. He has just returned from a year tramping, skiing and cycling in the wilds of New Zealand. Having completed an expedition leadership course in college, Jacob trained with us on some of the toughest treks in Tasmania and he joins us as an assistant walking guide on the Larapinta and Jatbula Trails.

    The Guides Brad Dean

    ANN GRAY

    Ann has been a trekking guide for 8 years specialising in the Larapinta Trail. Her favourite walking places are Tasmania, Northern Territory and Nepal. When not walking the Larapinta, Ann enjoys bird watching, botany, mountain biking, rafting and discovering remote geological formations. In between treks in Nepal, Ann has enjoyed spending time volunteering on community projects. With a Certificate III in Eco-Tourism, Certificate  IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Ann is one of our most experienced guides bringing a great sense of humour along with a deep knowledge and passion to her Larapinta treks.

    DAN KEYS (DK)

    Dan is a Kiwi born adventure seeker with a passion for taking the path less travelled - "a camp fire under the stars with a guitar and good company is my idea of a great night out. The past 8 years have been spent traveling the globe leading world class trekking expeditions throughout Australia, New Zealand and Nepal. Good planets are hard to come by, so lets enjoy what ours has to offer!"

    The Guides Steve Jacobs and Steve Trudgeon

    STEPHEN JACOBS (STEVE)

    Steve is a wanderer and adventurer with a passion and philosophy for the pursuit of challenge, journey and self-reflection in a safe supportive environment. Steve's love of the outdoors will provide our guests with an opportunity to recharge away from busy lives. Steve is a current outdoor educator, with a teaching background in three states of Australia, a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, remote wilderness first aid qualifications, and is currently involved in rafting, caving and bushwalking around Australia. He is also a passionate wildlife supporter and volunteer. Having just returned from Nepal over the recent summer, we welcome Steve back to the Jatbula and Larapinta Trail's for his second season and look forward to him sharing his spirit of adventure.

    STEVE TRUDGEON

    Steve is a very experienced and enthusiastic bushwalker and paddler with over 12 years experience in wilderness guiding across Australia. Steve has explored Kakadu, Arnhem Land, the Kimberleys and Tasmania extensively and led many guided treks in these locations. With a passion for the Top End of Australia, Steve has been instrumental in introducing many people to the magnificent Jatbula Trail and Kakadu regions. His extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of Australian flora and fauna, combined with his profound understanding of indigenous culture; make him a much respected and valued member of our team. Steve holds a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and has remote area first aid wilderness qualifications.

    The Guides Steve Jacobs and Steve Trudgeon

    BEN AULBY

    A native of Tasmania, Ben grew up in the foothills of Mt Wellington, where he spent his formative years exploring the wilderness and developing a passion for the outdoors. The past few years have seen him guiding treks in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Victoria. A professional trekking guide with remote wildernes first aid qualifications and a love of nature, Ben is a great asset to our Larapinta Trail team..

    JOEL KOVACS

    Joel is blessed with an infectious friendly nature and a passion for the outdoors. His explorations have seen him trekking in Patagonia, New Zealand, Nepal, India, Tasmania and more recently specialising on the Larapinta Trail. With a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and remote wilderness first aid qualifications; Joel is a professional wilderness trekking guide who brings bundles of enthusiasm and knowledge to all the treks he leads.

    The Guides Kym Stockman and Julian Wissman

    JULIAN WISSMAN

    Julian’s passion and enthusiasm for Australia’s wilderness and its wildlife, his impressive bushwalking experience and his Qualifications in Adventure Recreation, has seen him fast becoming one of our top Guides.

    It will be Julian’s third season with Australian Wilderness Adventures, after spending the summer guiding trips in Tasmania, and hiking in Nepal.

    For those lucky enough to have Julian as one of their assistant guides, his energy and knowledge will make for a memorable walking experience.

    KYM STOCKMAN

    Kym has a passion for wilderness hiking that has seen her explore most of the great hikes of Tasmania, the Bungle Bungles and Kimberley region, Kangaroo Island, the Heysen Trail, South Island of New Zealand and a considerable period tramping in the South of France. This season Kym will be assisting with camp logistics, office administration as well as assisting our senior guides on the Larapinta Trail, Kangaroo Island and the Heysen Trail.