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An Australian family owned and operated company

Untamed Escapes is an Advanced Eco-Accredited tour operator that has been awakening traveller’s senses since 2004 by connecting them with adventure, wildlife, wellness and epicurean experiences in nature.

Guided by the region’s most passionate storytellers, our range of immersive small group and exclusive private tours depart Adelaide, Perth and Port Lincoln. We travel over two-thirds of untamed Australia and are a family-owned business with sustainability deeply ingrained into our culture.

Our History

In 2004, Craig “Hassie” Haslam and his wife Jo purchased a struggling tour company called Nullarbor Traveller. At the time, it offered backpackers a raw nine-day swag camping adventure between Adelaide and Perth. Back then, not many people had even heard of places like the Eyre Peninsula or Esperance. Hassie immersed himself into the tourism industry and, as a loveable character with stories to share, he had no problem establishing connections. Over the next few years, he grew Nullarbor Traveller to be internationally-recognised as ‘Australia’s ultimate wildlife and camping adventure’.

Around ten years ago, Hassie noticed a shift beginning. More mature travellers were seeking the same great experiences in nature but wanted a comfy bed at the end of the day rather than sleeping under the stars. So, Hassie created a new brand called Xplore Eyre that offered a range of one to 10-day tours with less adventure, more food and wine and staying in 4.5-star accommodation. 

Nullarbor Traveller and Xplore Eyre grew as once unknown regions drew international attention, and then came COVID-19. Like most other tour operators, business stopped, and we were faced with an extremely challenging time. But instead of giving up, we used time as an opportunity to reflect, revitalise and diversify.

We knew we needed to get out of the box with some unique new products, and that’s when one of our guides, who is also a yogi, suggested a yoga tour of the Margaret River region. And that’s the part where we say, “the rest is history”, or at least brings us to today.

With a range of new wellness tours across South Australia and Western Australia, we knew the time had come to bring all our adventure, culinary, wellness and wildlife tours under one banner. And in October 2021, Untamed Escapes was born.

Sustainability is deeply ingrained in our DNA. Although we have been seen as a leader in Eco-Tourism since 2008, our new identity has also allowed us to bring this to the forefront as we make the shift from Sustainable Tourism to Regenerative Tourism. Because we believe just being neutral is no longer good enough.

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The Team

We are more than a team. We are family. We love what we do, and we are passionate about giving people the best experience possible when they come on any tour with us. We have the professionalism and experience to back up the passion with more than 100 years of collective experience in the travel industry!  

Name

Craig

Position

Owner | Storyteller 

Years in Tourism

More like decades!

Favourite Untamed Destination

There is something extraordinary about Head of Bight on the Great Australian Bight. It has a fantastic coastal lookout, with the Bunda Cliffs on one side and the creamiest white dunes you have ever seen on the other. In the winter months, see Southern Right Whales with their young, adding another ‘wow ‘level to it.

Name

Anna

Position

Business Development | Marketing | Communications  

Years in Tourism

24

Favourite Untamed Destination

I grew up in Perth, so the south-west of Western Australia holds a special place in my heart. From the colossal old-growth forests to the calm turquoise beaches of Geographe Bay. The incredible food and wine is just the icing on top.

Name

Jodie

Position

Wellness Manager | Storyteller 

Years in Tourism

8 years

Favourite Untamed Destination

I love Margaret River because it has everything from sun, sand and surf, to wineries and breweries. I love hiking, and this region has world-class walks in exquisite nature. It’s also my home.

Name

Casey

Position

Office Manager | Accounts | Customer Liaison

Years in Tourism

12 years

Favourite Untamed Destination

I love seafood, so it has to be Coffin Bay on the Eyre Peninsula. Sitting out on the calm bay with a fresh oyster in one hand and a glass of sparkling in the other, it doesn’t get much better.

Name

Adam

Position

Groups & Charters Manager | Experience Curator

Years in Tourism

12

Favourite Untamed Destination

Albany in Western Australia because the coast is so spectacular. Travelling there for the first time made me understand that Australia’s full of beautiful places I’d never heard of and inspired me to get off the beaten path more often.

Name

Chris

Position

Storyteller | Remote Tour Guide  

Years in Tourism

Lots and lots

Favourite Untamed Destination

Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance in Western Australia. It is so rich with flora and fauna, and the beaches are incredible.

Name

Geoff

Position

Port Lincoln Operations | Eco- Storyteller | Regen Tourism

Years in Tourism

15

Favourite Untamed Destination

You can’t beat Sleaford Bay on the wild, Southern Ocean side of Lincoln National Park. It features empty beaches, pounding surf, spectacular views, abundant wildlife, and the huge dunes are exhilarating to 4WD through.