Bondi Pools, New South Wales

Contact us

Are you looking to put together the perfect itinerary for your tour to Australia? We would love to work with you in creating a custom built itinerary. 

Our Story

Backroads Australia is a tour operator and destination management company.  As your local expert, we create bespoke itineraries for tour companies and travel agents around the world who are looking to bring their customers to Australia and New Zealand. We know that international guests want to explore our thriving capital cities, but also want to immerse themselves into a unique outback experience. Our experienced team at Backroads Australia is here to help create the perfect tour for you.   

 

With over 20 years experience in travel, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of this wonderful land we call home and we want to share this with the world.

 

Whether you’re looking for a luxury group style, a basic camping trip or a totally unique food and wine experience of Australia, we have a comprehensive product range that will fulfil your client’s needs.

Our amazing team

We love Travel and we can talk about it all day!  

With our broad experience and extensive database of domestic and international partners, the Backroads Australia team is always on hand to provide you with the perfect Australian or New Zealand itinerary.

jake-chiem.jpg

Jake has over 16 years experience in the travel industry having worked in both retail and corporate travel as well as managing multiple successful travel agencies.  He has won numerous awards over the years including 2 consecutive years for Best Travel Advisor and 5 awards for Best Travel Manager of the year and Best National sales manager. Jake’s success has been written up in the Travel Weekly magazine as the 6th most successful travel agent of 2006, and most recently an award for best new starter business 2016.

 

Jake has extensively travelled the globe ticking off over 50 countries. He believes travel gives the best experience to life and wants everyone to see the world the way he does. Passionate about his home country, Jake has created Backroads Australia to showcase the amazing cities, towns, attractions and ‘back roads’ Australia has to offer.

Director & Founder -  Backroads Australia | Backroads New Zealand

JAKE CHIEM
damon-low card photo.jpg

Damon has worked in marketing for the past 20 years and created the look and feel of Backroads Australia and the Travelcaton group. As a kid, he spend many family holidays travelling up and down the east coast of Australia, which inspired him to instill the adventure of an Australian road trip into the foundations of Backroads Australia. Knowing first hand that taking the ‘back road’ can often lead you down a path, turning a holiday into something unforgettable, which is at the heart of Backroads Australia.

 

After travelling the world many times over, Damon has learnt that the old saying is in fact true, “there’s nothing quite like Australia” and “there’s no place like home”.

Sales & Marketing -  Backroads Australia | Backroads New Zealand

DAMON LOW
saskia.jpeg

Ever since she can remember, Saskia has been fascinated with travelling the world, gaining new experiences and learning different cultures and languages.  As a little girl her favourite past time was to sit on the couch with her Dad and study the world map, trying to memorise the countries and their capitals and imagining one day she would visit that place.  It was her goal to visit every country in the world.

 

After completing her bachelor degree in International Tourism Management, Saskia set out from the Netherlands to discover the world one country at a time. Now calling Australia home, she has found herself settled in a country with stunning landscapes, wildlife and Indigenous culture. A country she fell in love with - Australia!

 

As a travel expert and tour guide in Australia, Saskia gets to share her passion, knowledge and excitement with her tour groups, turning their holiday dreams into reality by exploring the ‘back roads’ of Australia.

Travel Expert & Tour Guide -  Backroads Australia | Backroads New Zealand

SASKIA VAN DEN HEUVEL
Jasmine Porteous

My passion for travel started at an early age, as my family travelled biennially to Singapore to visit relatives. I was drawn in by the incredible food, captured by the culture and traditions, and addicted to the different sights, sounds and experiences that these holidays gave us. I couldn’t wait to finish school, so I could explore more and see the world!

I’ve spent 9 months travelling across India and Nepal on a motorbike, a month white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon, spotted the “Big 5” on safari in Kenya, cooked with monks in Dharamsala, sipped schnapps in the Austrian Alps, soaked in hot pools in Budapest, travelled through 31 different countries and lived in New Zealand, Canada and Uganda, but my home country, Australia is still my favourite. I love our diverse landscapes, the vibrant colours and the sheer, wonderous scale of our country. Some of my personal favourites include hiking in Tasmania, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, befriending the quokkas on Rottnest Island and sipping lattes by the harbour in Sydney.

Through Backroads Australia, I’m able to share my knowledge, passion and love for travel and help others experience some of the incredible wonders that Australia has to offer. I promise to dedicate my time with a personalised service to ensure that your journey is memorable, stress-free and as seamless as possible. Get in touch at any time, to let me help you make your Aussie travel dreams come true!

Travel Expert  -  Backroads Australia | Backroads New Zealand

JASMINE PORTEOUS
monica chripczuk.jpg

I grew up in Paraguay and moved to Australia in my teens. Having to adapt to the new culture and language was a huge part of what awakened my curiosity to see more of the world. My background in photography is what allowed my obsession with travelling to grow. I started capturing unbelievable memories one click at a time. Exploring the world became true happiness to me, it's the thing I look forward to when everyday life becomes a little bland or difficult. I love seeing new places, encountering new cultures and meeting people who I may never see again, but will forever be a special part of my journey.  

 

I love so much about travelling; from getting lost in the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the thrilling adventure of jet boating under the largest waterfalls in Brazil. Whether it's tasting the delicious authentic food of south east South-East Asia, or witnessing the incredible snow-capped mountains of New Zealand's south island. I especially loved filling my lungs with the fresh Vermont air and smelling the Canadian maple trees, but these are just a few of my most treasured memories.  

 

In those moments when I am travelling, I often think of many who aren't fortunate enough to have had these experiences yet. I am excited to have a role where I can share my travel knowledge and experience in research, booking and planning to help you experience more of this exciting world. Let me help you create your next journey! 

Travel Expert -  Backroads Australia

MONICA CHRIPCZUK
bronte askew.jpg

New adventures and exploring off the beaten track destinations has always been a passion of mine. Whether that be trekking through remote rainforests, fishing in a pristine lake, laying on a secluded beach or shopping in a 5 star mall. 

 

Growing up on the Gold Coast I was lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful beaches, unique rainforests, and a large selection of theme parks. Living in the tourism capital of Australia I was exposed to large volumes of tourist activity and people from diverse cultures.  

 

My favorite part of working as a travel expert is that I get to share my experience and knowledge with people who love adventure and are looking to explore new destinations. 

 

Some of my favourite destinations are Italy,  Indonesia and many beautiful locations around Australia. If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous holiday, I am here to help you make this come true. 

Travel Expert -  Backroads Australia 

BRONTE ASKEW
julie revett.jpg

Booking your holiday can be quite involved, daunting & costly. I am here to find you the best deals, take the stress out of planning your well deserved break & make your holiday fun!


My love of travel began 20 years ago. I am lucky enough to have travelled widely to destinations such as domestic Australia, Indonesia, Singapore (yes, 22 times!) Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Hong Kong, Jamaica (having been married on Onassis’ yacht!) Mauritius, Fiji, New Zealand (both North and South Island) Paris, England and Scotland, USA and Canada. I have even sailed a few cruises!
My clients book with me because they know I listen to their needs. I have the experience and first hand knowledge to give recommendations which are tailored to your requirements and more importantly I can save you time and money. Satisfaction is the number one element for me as a professional travel planner. Most of my clients will come by me, from recommendations from one of their friends, colleagues or family letting them know about their fantastic holiday experiences.


So, next time you are looking for the perfect holiday please call me. I guarantee to provide you with the highest possible level of personal service coupled with enthusiasm, reliability and most importantly my own extensive travel history.


Travel is indeed my passion not just my job.

Travel Expert -  Backroads Australia

JULIE REVETT
Elena Vartazarian.jpg

Travel for me is more than getting on a plane, checking into a hotel and ticking off the sites from a checklist, it’s about truly experiencing what a destination has to offer with all my senses. It means taking time off from my everyday life to grow as a person by immersing myself in the culture, the language, the smells and tastes of local specialties and feeling the warmth of the locals…

I learnt the joy of travel with my family in my early years, then on a budget in my student years, luxury holidays with my husband and more recently sharing the love of travel with my two little boys. I am lucky to live in Australia and even luckier to have travelled to many parts of this remarkable land with its diverse landscapes. From wineries in Orange, Hunter & Barossa Valleys to snorkelling and diving in the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef, 4-wheel driving trips in Fraser Island to penguin viewing in Kangaroo Island & Tasmania. I have enjoyed short getaways along the NSW coast as well as the trendy café culture and nightlife of Melbourne & Brisbane. The sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru, breakfast with the birds in Queensland and introducing snow to my young boys for the first time are some of the highlights of my Australian adventures. Not so far away in New Zealand, I especially enjoyed the Heli-hike at the Franz Josef glaciers and the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound.

Australia or New Zealand, Asia or Europe, organised tours or self-drive holidays are all trips I can help arrange. After 15 years in the travel industry in leisure and corporate travel, and now specialising in family holidays with kids, I have come to understand that each stage of life demands a different travel style - So tell me your travel dreams and let me find the best imaginable trip for you!

Travel Expert -  Backroads Australia

ELENA VARTAZARIAN

1300 962 924

Get social with us