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Multi-award winning company

Life’s An Adventure is well known for its exceptional high levels of customer service, going above and beyond and exceeding customer expectations, which is reflected in our high levels of repeat business.

Our aim is to promote a love and appreciation of the great outdoors by showcasing the hidden treasures of NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. We are an eco-friendly company that follows best practice principles and are committed to environmental sustainability.

Over recent years, we have been awarded with a multitude of Tourism Awards of Excellence both at a Regional, State and National level.


Our recent awards include

  • Winner 2014 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Adventure Tourism
  • Bronze 2013 Australian Tourism Awards of Excellence – Tour Operator
  • Winner 2011 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2014 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Tour Operator
  • Winner 2012 Blue Mountains Tourism Business of the Year
  • Winner 2011 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards Tour Operator
  • Winner 2014 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Ecotourism
  • Winner 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards – Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2011 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2014 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards – Tour Operator
  • Winner 2011 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards Tour Operator
  • Winner 2014 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Tour Operator
  • Winner 2012 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2011 Blue Mountains Tourism Business of the Year
  • Winner 2013 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2012 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Tour Operator
  • Bronze Award 2011 NSW Tourism Awards 2011 Tour Operator
  • Winner 2013 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Tour Operator
  • Silver Award 2012 Eco Tourism – NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence
  • Finalist NSW Tourism Awards 2012 Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2013 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Ecotourism
  • Silver Award 2012 Adventure Tourism – NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence
  • Finalist NSW Tourism Awards 2012 Tour Operator
  • Winner 2013 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Adventure Tourism
  • Silver Award 2012 Tour Operator – NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence
  • Finalist NSW Tourism Awards 2011 Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2013 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Tour Operator
  • Silver Award 2013 Blue Mountains Tourism Awards – Eco Tourism

What Life’s An Adventure is renowned for?

Walking Tour Specialists

Amazing walks with all the creature comforts

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Award Winning

Winner of 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

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No overnight bags to carry

on all our walking tours

ECO Friendly

Eco Tourism Approved

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We are fully accredited and insured including

  • EcoTourism Australia – ECO Certification III Accreditation
  • NSW Maritime Hire & Drive Licence No. HD0564
  • Certificate of Accreditation: Open tour or Charter Limited Passenger service. Accreditation No: 419294525
  • Fully insured with up to $10 million public liability cover
  • Licensed to conduct Adventure activities in NSW National Parks – Parks EcoPass Licence No: LIC11/80
  • Blue Mountain City council, Recreation Nature based License BMVBR016
  • Blue Mountains Sustainable Business
  • Licensed to conduct Adventure activities on the Six Foot Track – Licence No SFT -08/W1.
  • Commercial Visitors Service business licence with Parks and Wildlife Services Tasmania
  • Certificate of Accreditation: Open tour or Charter Limited Passenger service. Accreditation No: 419294525
  • An accredited Four-Wheel Drive Tourist Service Operator – licence number 36341
  • NSW Marine Parks Permit PSGLMP 2010/056 for entry into Port Stephens- Great Lakes Marine Park
  • Blue Mountain City council, Recreation Nature based License BMVBR016
  • NSW Marine Parks Permit PSGLMP 2010/056 for entry into Port Stephens- Great Lakes Marine Park
  • Life’s an Adventure is registered working with Children Check license number: 23409
  • Commercial Visitors Service business licence with Parks and Wildlife Services Tasmania
  • Life’s an Adventure is registered working with Children Check license number: 23409


Meet The Team

Mark Norek

Mark Norek

Founder, Company director

Born and bred in Tasmania, from an early age Mark was exploring the great outdoors. He is fully qualified Level 1 Flatwater Kayak and Canoe Instructor and holds a Outdoor Recreation Certificate IV, a Leaders Wilderness First Aid (LWFA) (7 days – 60 hours) , Remote Area First Aid ( 3 days – 24 hours) and a current Senior First Aid. He has an Award in Administration Training – The Duke of Edinburgh’s award and studied a 4 year Bachelor of Physical Education, has an Advanced Diploma in Sports Management and a Masters in Marketing (Business) from University of Technology, Sydney. These days Mark spends most of his time office based running the business, but occasionally you might be lucky enough to see him out on tour, training staff.

Victoria Norek

Victoria Norek

Marketing, Operations & Administration

Vicki has had 10 years experience working for SCENIC one of Australia’s leading touring and cruising companies as National Marketing Manager. She is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for exploring the world such as walking the Inca Trail in South America, The Milford Track in New Zealand, the Tatra Mountains in Poland plus much more. She’s kayaked with the seals in New Zealand, paddled through the waters of Croatia and explored the many beautiful must-do walks within Australia. Vicki is based in our Frenchs Forest office looking after Marketing, Operations and Administration.

Brittany Goodchild

Brittany Goodchild

Reservations & Operations

You’ll find beautiful Brittany in our Reservations & Operations Team. Brittany has a passion for organising ‘above and beyond’ quality tours to ensure our clients have the best experience whether it is there first time in Australia or locals exploring their own backyard. She has completed a Certificate in Administration and is currently studying a Certificate 4 in Accounting. She is always committed to assisting and advising what tour is best for you and answering any questions you may have about your upcoming Life’s an Adventure experience.

Gynes Isherwood

Gynes Isherwood

Chief Experience Officer - Sydney & Blue Mtns

With nearly three decades experience working around the world in luxury hotels & resorts, but more recently a solo kayaking odyssey of over two thousand kilometres around New Zealand’s North Island, various cycling expeditions including one across the Himalayas, trekking in Patagonia, and a documentary filmed inside the Arctic Circle of Russia’s northern-most reaches, Gynes’ motto could well be ‘Life’s An Adventure’! He says the thing he loves most about the job however, is the personal interaction and an opportunity to educate with liberal doses of fun and laughter.

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis

Chief Experience Officer - Blue Mountains

Dan grew up in the Blue Mountains and loves leading Life’s An Adventure clients on the classic Six Foot Track three-day walk between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. When he’s not taking people bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, he can sometimes be found guiding on the Larapinta Trail or the Royal Coast Track for Life’s An Adventure. Prior to becoming a qualified outdoor guide in 2013, Dan was a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. The research and story-telling skills he learned in the media he uses in his guiding work to make every trip as special as possible. Dan also still works as a writer and takes people canyoning, abseiling, mountain biking and rock climbing in the Blue Mountains.

Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

Chief Experience Offer - Kayaking

Paddling has been a passion for Ian all his adult life. Starting with White water and Kayak Surfing in The South Island of New Zealand and changing to Canoe polo and Kayak Surfing shortly after moving to Australia. He began competitive white water slalom paddling in 1976 and has been a regular member of the NSW Masters and Veterans team from 1997 to 2009, the Australian Veterans Team from 2005 to 2009 and the Australian Masters team in 2015. He also won a Bronze Medal for Canoe polo in the World Masters Games in 2009. With his passion for kayaking and his amazing knack for relating to all guests no matter what age, Ian has become one of our most popular kayaking guides.

Joel Freeman

Joel Freeman

Chief Experience Offer - Tasmania

Joel has worked as a tour guide for a number of years in some of Australia’s most beautiful places From Tasmania’s isolated west coast to the magnificent Blue Mountains just out side Sydney with a season in Alice Springs for a bit of a change. Out of all the places he has been, his tells us his home Tasmania is unbeatable and he is looking forward to sharing some of my favourite places and stories with you.

Danny Robertson

Danny Robertson

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Danny hails from Tasmania, the progeny of a Mainlander who travelled to the windswept southern state for a series of bushwalks and is yet indeed unlikely ever to leave, ensnared for decades by its beauty.  He likes to think that stability derives from movement, hence he finds the peripatetic nature of his job pretty darn great. Danny is part of our Tasmanian team and is loved by our guests for his exceptional ability to make everyone feel welcome and his amazing ‘Can Do Attitude’.

Barrie Cole

Barrie Cole

Chief Experience Offer - Tasmania

Barrie has had over 5 years experience in Adventure Based Learning and tourism, with a previous 5 years in youth work. A proud father and husband, he is passionate about his home state and enjoys sharing it with others. Some of his favourites are Encampment Cove on Maria Island, Crater Lake at Cradle Mountain and “Mermaids Cove” Bay of Fires. With a good sense of humour, he keeps spirits high with the odd tune or quote as he guides his guests along the trail.

Jef Donald

Jef Donald

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Jef’s home is in the mountains of South West Tasmania. When not guiding his days of are spent hiking the rainforests, mountain ranges and muddy button grass plains of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Jef’s extensive bushwalking and guiding experience is coupled with a passion for all things Tasmanian. Guiding for Life’s An Adventure gives him the opportunity to share stories of the Island’s colourful history and fun facts about the unique flora, fauna and landscapes. Jef considers wherever he is putting his boots on to be “the best place in the state.”

Contact Us
  • Address: 12/6 Tilley Lane,
    Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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