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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 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 environmental principles deeply ingrained in our DNA.

Our History

In 2004, Craig “Hassie” Haslam and his wife Jo purchased a tour company called Nullarbor Traveller. At the time, it offered a 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, 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 our once unknown regions drew international attention, and then came COVID-19. Like most other tour operators, we were faced with an extremely challenging time. But always the optimist, Hassie and his team used that 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, wellness, wildlife and epicurean tours under one banner so in October 2021, our new brand Untamed Escapes was born.

Although we have been seen as a leader in Eco-Tourism in Australia since 2008, our new brand has also allowed us to bring this to the forefront as we make the shift from Sustainable 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!  

Untamed Escapes owner Hassie

Name

Hassie

Position

Owner | Chief 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

Years in Tourism

26

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

Rachel

Position

Digital Marketing | Customer Service 

Years in Tourism

8

Favourite Untamed Destination

As an avid traveller, I have visited 40 countries but still think there’s nowhere that quite measures up to the natural beauty of Australia. My favourite place has to be Esperance. There’s nothing better than that crystal-clear water, white sand and kangaroos on the beach!

Name

Casey

Position

National Operations Manager

Years in Tourism

14

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.

Groups and Charters Manager Adam

Name

Adam

Position

Groups 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 is full of beautiful places I’d never heard of and inspired me to get off the beaten path more often.

Name

Gianna

Position

Storyteller | Kangaroo Island Guide  

Years in Tourism

9

Favourite Untamed Destination

I’ve got a degree in Animal Science, and love animals, the ocean, and island life. So Kangaroo Island is a pretty good fit for me! I love the stunning rugged coastline, the national parks and greenery everywhere, and of course, the wildlife that comes out when you watch the sunset.

Storyteller Guide Geoff in Port Lincoln

Name

Geoff

Position

Port Lincoln Storyteller | Regen Tourism

Years in Tourism

17

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. 

Name

Damien

Position

Storyteller Guide

Years in Tourism

A long time!

Favourite Untamed Destination

I guided my first tour across the Nullarbor for Hassie’s back in the summer of 2005. I’ve now taken the magnificent journey more than 100 times, so this has to be one of my favourite untamed destinations. 

Name

Ruby

Position

Customer Support | Sales  

Years in Tourism

2

Favourite Untamed Destination

I may be biased, but I consider the Fleurieu Peninsula my favourite untamed destination. It offers so much diversity, from beaches with stunning cliff formations to abundant wildlife encounters and the most laid-back wineries and breweries. A few of my favourite things to do include a morning dip at Moana Beach and walking in Kuitpo Forest.

Name

Brendan

Position

Finance Specialist | Storyteller Guide

Years in Tourism

10

Favourite Untamed Destination

Brendan… 

Name

Steve

Position

Storyteller Guide

Years in Tourism

A long time

Favourite Untamed Destination

Steve … 

Name

Beebs

Position

Port Lincoln Storyteller  

Years in Tourism

A lot

Favourite Untamed Destination

A Port Lincoln local for 50 years, Beebs is known for his incredible local knowledge and great sense of humour. He told us his favourite untamed spot is Golden Island Beach in the Coffin Bay National Park. Meet Beebs on one of our Port Lincoln or Coffin Bay Day Tours. 

Name

Position

Years in Tourism

Favourite Untamed Destination

 

What our customers say

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135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

4.8 50 reviews

  • Avatar Dheeraj Dheeraj ★★★★★ a month ago
    The 10 days of Adelaide to Perth will remain an unforgettable experience to me.
    This had everything  - swag camping , star studded night skies, beautiful beaches, scenic drives, spectacular hikes, picnic lunches & a lot of wildlife
    … More ( yes, Kangaroos wake you up in the morning - I am not kidding !! ).
    The selected camping parks and the facilities available were impressive, can't complain. Enough time to explore and enjoy places.
    Have to mention - Brendon and Jackson - they were the best guides , really appreciate their hard work, effort and patience to give all of us a wonderful tour experience. The food was delicious, in-plenty and always on-time, never felt disappointed 🙂 .
    The group was a bunch of wonderful humans who were very friendly and full of energy, there was never a boring moment !!
    Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a tour across Nullarbor !!
    Thanks for the experience, and looking forward to the next adventure with Untamed Escapes!!
  • Avatar Katie van der Walt ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    My husband and I just returned back to Qld after experiencing the 6 Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour. We had a fabulous time with Steve the tour guide and the great people we met who travelled with us. You get to … More see and experience so much in a small amount of time. We had no idea South Australia is so beautiful and has many beautiful walks, views, food and wine. It really has it all. It's definitely a trip we will remember forever.
  • Avatar Sunny J ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    When my friend told me about this trip, I thought she’s crazy or gonna be crazy during to trip. It was the wildest adventure of my life. I’ve been to many beautiful places but what I saw on this trip was exceptionally beautiful. Brendan … More and Michel always gave us positive energy. Their passion for Australian bushes and geology was a bonus. I can't understand how they maintain so much energy from early morning until nighttime. Happy days! When my friend told me about this trip, I thought she’s crazy or gonna be crazy during to trip. It was the wildest adventure of my life. I’ve been many beautiful place but what i saw in this trip was exceptionally beautiful. Brendan and Michel always gave us positive energy. Their passion for Australian bushes and geology was a bonus. I can't understand how they maintain so much energy from early morning until nighttime. Happy days
  • Avatar Stephan Ryffel ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We very much enjoyed our trip from Perth to Adelaide! It was a unforgettable experience whit lots of highlights. The tourguide Jakson was very professional and did a great job! - Thank you very much for the great Time!!
  • Avatar Tess V ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I had an amazing 10 day tour from Perth to Adelaide! Saw the most wonderful places. Everything was well organised. Swag sleeping was a nice experience. We had an amazing group of people ! Lots of respect for Jackson! He’ s such an amazing … More tour guide and person. He knows so much and shared his knowledge with us. And I liked his ideas for lunch and dinner very much.
  • Avatar Jacqui Ollevou ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    The incredible Adelaide to Perth 10 Day camping trip.
    A review simply cannot sum up how amazing this trip was! If you are contemplating booking it, just do it! Home grown Aussie like myself, an expat or tourist, it's really an amazing
    … More experience for everyone.
    The places you visit showcase some of the incredible beauty Australia has to offer and camping in a swag really lets you get in touch with nature. We really are a very lucky country!
    Our guides Brendan and Jackson went above and beyond to make this trip over NYE extra special and memorable and we will all be forever grateful. Our eclectic group of people made for such real, heartwarming, genuine fun and laughs that will forever bring a smile to my face 😁😊
    I cannot recommend this trip enough and look forward to planning my next adventure with UnTammed Escapes!
  • Avatar Liz Dempster ★★★★★ a year ago
    TripADeal sub-contracted our 10 day Adelaide to Alice Springs adventure to Untamed Escapes and how lucky we were! Matt (our mini-bus driver and guide), was fantastic, a real legend! We felt very safe with his driving and he went above and … More beyond to make our road trip so memorable. Matt was friendly, professional and knowledgeable with a cheeky Aussie sense of humour. We would recommend that you give Untamed Adventures a go.
  • Avatar Riley Williams ★★★★★ a year ago
    What an amazing way to see the Eyre Peninsula! Hassie has got to be the most informed person of the EP, and wow does he have some stories.
    I will definitely be getting on an Adelaide Hills tour asap and maybe even one of their WA tours!
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  • Avatar Maddie ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a lovely day. It was so scenic and relaxing. we were not expecting to learn this much but so glad that we did.
  • Avatar hamideh taleby ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We did a whole day tour of Port Lincoln and it was truly the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Ian, was just so friendly and knowledgably about the area. It was definitely worth it and we are so glad we did it to discover the best … More of Port Lincoln!
  • Avatar Michael M. ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I had the 1-day Port Lincoln tour with Geoff. I must say I totally enjoyed the tour. I have been brought to places in PL that I thought I would never have gone to on my own. Geoff is very knowledgeable and an experienced ranger. The … More knowledge he provided about PL’s history and flora/fauna were something I have not learnt in school. He has so much experience and he cares for the environment. I was in awe at how he explained the ecosystems in the places we’ve been to. I felt like watching a documentary only I am part if it and experiencing things first hand. My fave spot would be Whaler’s Way with the Tortoise rock. It was nature at its best. I highly recommend this tour as I know you will have the best time of your life enjoying nature’s beauty in South Australia that is Port Lincoln.
  • Avatar Daniela Cetrangolo ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    In March 2021 four of us did the Best of Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay and we still talk about our experience when we catch up. From the minute we were greeted at the airport by our tour guide Ian the fun began. Ian was a fountain of information … More and he certainly made our experience memorable. He showed us many amazing sights, our hotel accommodation was A1 and our food was 10/10. Getting into our waders and sitting down at a semi-submerged water pavilion, shucking oysters washed down with some wine was an experience we will never forget. We will be back!!!
  • Avatar michelle ball ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    4 days of exploring and experiencing the Margaret River region. Wow wow wow, loved the visual delights, nutritional sensations, the slowness of yoga sessions, the workshops of sourdough making at One Table Farm; the education received from … More the Spice Mistress and her delightful food. The experience of tasting gin for the first time and walking an 8km section of the Cape to Cape. Thank you so much Jodie, Gem and Riley for making me feel so welcomed, you looked after us girls in every way. Glamping at Fair Harvest was a treat I’ll never forget 🤩🤩🤩
  • Avatar Trish Ferguson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I absolutely loved my 10 day trip across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth, there was not one thing I would change. The Nullarbor was on my bucket list of things to do and you can’t do it any better than living out of a swag. If you … More get the chance to swim with the seals and dolphins do it, it’s worth every cent. I just loved seeing the kangaroos on the beach over in WA and the huge trees and the bush walks we did. Don’t think about it just go ahead and do it.
  • Avatar Vaniece Kelly-Howe ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a wonderful West Coast adventure - whale watching and more. We loved every minute and are looking forward to Untamed day trip Escapes around Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln coming up soon!
  • Avatar Paula McManus ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We recently were treated to a fully guided whale watching tour and have been raving about it ever since. We saw things we were in awe of, went to places that we can't wait to return, learned things about the area that were amazing … More and stayed in beds that were oh so comfortable. We would recommend Untamed Escapes to anyone who wants to get the best of the Eyre Peninsula and Nullarbor Plain during whale watching season!