"Matt made guiding our rowdy group look easy. He has a great sense of humor—a five-star guide."
22-time traveler from Naperville, Illinois
- Mornington, Australia
- St. Kilda, Australia
- English, some Bahasa Indonesia
- Hobbies & Interests
- Working on updating my family cottage from the 1800s, collecting art, still (foolishly) playing Australian rules football
- With us since
I loved my Australian childhood, growing up in a small country town of 500 people. My memories are filled with playing sports, fishing, and walking a mile to school every weekday. My mother’s hot-water bottles got me through those cold winter nights.
I've been to more than 40 countries. My work as a tour guide allowed me to spend a year in Bali and five years in the United States, mostly in Arizona. Living in the U.S. has been invaluable for comparing aspects of Australian and New Zealand life with my O.A.T. travelers, and my experiences there help me to relate to and connect with my groups. The dynamic of meeting 16 strangers with different backgrounds and interests is always exciting. I’m lucky to be in a position to show, teach, and even amuse people about a region I love.
I know that coming to Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip for many O.A.T. travelers. I particularly like to celebrate with a big Australian barbecue in the Outback. Our “barbees”—said in that fine Australian accent—are not just a tradition among friends, but they also have quite a few unique items that you only find in our part of the world, like herb-and-garlic kangaroo and snag (special barbecue sausage eaten with onions in a thin bread roll with a liberal dose of tomato sauce). And there’s nothing quite like trying Aussie desserts, such as Lamingtons (white cake with chocolate frosting and coconut), under the Southern Cross constellation in the night sky.