Our Team

Our award-winning guides’ local knowledge, enthusiasm with guests and helpful insights along the way are what delivers the Auswalk difference. All have the training and qualifications to ensure you have the most fun on your walk and return safely with a greater understanding and appreciation for the area. Our guides love what they do and are passionate about creating memorable walks to share with everyone.

MARIE KILLEEN

You'll certainly be in safe hands with Marie. She has over 30 years of teaching and guiding experience and is Auswalk’s longest serving guide. There’s virtually no Auswalk trip Marie hasn't been on, but her favourite remains the Great Ocean Walk, which she’s walked over 60 times.

PAUL KILLEEN

Paul’s an expert on Victoria's Alpine and Western Australian walks. His passion for photography makes all the trips he guides even more memorable. Never short on walking stories – Paul’s adventures have taken him around the world.

KATIE CAMPBELL

Katie brings with her years of experience guiding for many different outfits. Her fun and bubbly personality means there’s never a dull moment for walkers. She has a passion for nature and won’t hesitate to share her vast knowledge of the Australian Outback, particularly its flora and fauna.

BILL COUTTS

Bill’s outdoor knowledge is second to none, having spent 30 years running outdoor education programs. There's nothing Bill can't tell you about walking in South Australia or Victoria, drawing from his own unique experiences – something you won't find in the guidebooks.

MEREL DALEBOUT

Affectionately known as “Dr Merel”, her understanding of nature is informed by a background in biology, evolution and ecology. Merel has guided trips all over the country and to locations as far flung as Antarctica, the Hebrides and the Caribbean. Yet her speciality remains Australia, exploring the few parts we don't yet go to, developing new trips for us.

HUGH MACTIER

Hugh's love for adventure helped him find his way from the UK to Outback Queensland. He forged a relationship with country Australia while working on his Tasmanian farm. His knowledge and expertise is that of a local, which comes in handy when delivering our walks on Flinders Island and the Tasmanian mainland.

DENISE ALLARDICE

Denise is one of our longest serving guides and is one of our Top End experts with qualifications both in the Red Centre and Kakadu. However, she’s no stranger to snow, living next to the slopes in the Snowy Mountains. The other regions Denise guides include the Flinders Ranges, far north Queensland and Kangaroo Island.

GAVIN SCOTT

Gavin has taken Auswalkers all over the country as one of our longest serving guides. A local of the Snowy Mountains, his knowledge and expertise extends to the Northern Territory, Kangaroo Island, North Queensland and the Flinders Ranges.

DAN GREEN

Dan turned his passion for the outdoors into his dream career, with qualifications in geography, arboriculture and habitat conservation. His years hiking in Alaska, Spain, NZ, and Australia would make even the most avid walker envious. An extensive knowledge of the environment and nature makes walking with Dan an immersive experience.

RICK WEBB

Rick's special interest is ecology, but his first love is guiding in the Blue Mountains. His knowledge of the region is second to none and he loves sharing it. He also has a real passion for connecting kids to the bush and has set up an organisation called Wild Ground to make this happen.


“The guides were knowledgeable, genuine, welcoming and very professional at managing a group of different personalities to ensure everyone has the best experience possible”.
Jenny Cook – Blue Mountains Traverse Walk


Meet the team

BRETT NEAGLE

Brett is a walker from way back. He’s been all over, including the Himalayas, the Andes and the Inca Trail, hikes in Africa – and everywhere Auswalk goes. He’s also lived and worked overseas in Africa, India and Europe. Before starting at Auswalk, Brett spent time working with kids and driving tourists around Australia. It’s no surprise he’s most passionate about walking alongside fantastic people in this beautiful country he calls home.

TASH INGERSON

Tash has travelled extensively for work and had previously been promoting South Australia overseas as part of the SA Tourism Commission. Once repatriated, she held an executive role at Ansett, the former domestic airline group. Her prior experience in travel and tourism adds a wealth of knowledge to her role as Office Manager.

MAJA GREY

Maja is no stranger to walking holidays, having first worked for Auswalk in 2009. After a number of years in the Halls Gap office she left for her right of passage European trip, returning back to Auswalk after 2 years abroad. Besides being the resident marketing guru, she’s the go-to for everything computer-related in the office. Maja also enjoys a good joke as much as a good walk. Anywhere in Tasmania is top of her list.

SANYANA PETHES

Sanyana is a traveller with a real soft spot for Italy, having studied in Milan. But her travels haven’t been limited to just Italy, as she’s visited most cities in Europe and explored much of Asia. Sanyana is our expert on self-guided walks and is the one to talk to for those keen on walking independently.

JACKIE SEARS

As our group-guided walk aficionado, Jackie has an attention to detail like no other. For this, her administration/executive assistant background comes in real handy. Like all good Australians, she’s spent time living abroad and continues to travel extensively whenever she has an opportunity.

SOPHIE PICK

Studying tourism led Sophie to work with Qantas, giving her a broad knowledge of the inner workings of a major tourism player. Building on that experience, she moved on to organising tourism events, including golf tours. Par for the course, she’s been converted into an avid walker herself.

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