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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 struggling tour company called Nullarbor Traveller. At the time, it offered adventures seekers 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, 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!  

Name

Craig

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 | 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. 

What our customers say

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135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

5.0 7 reviews

  • Avatar Paula McManus ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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!
  • Avatar Daniela Cetrangolo ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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 Vaniece Kelly-Howe ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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 Trish Ferguson ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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 michelle ball ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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 🤩🤩🤩