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The Life’s an Adventure Pack-Free Story

Life’s An Adventure Company Director Mark Norek was born and bred in Tasmania, and has a passion hiking ever since he was president of his high school bushwalking club. Mark started walking with his wife Vicki and to get her to walk more often he would add the finer things in life to the walk so that she would come along and do it more often .. such as footbaths, bottles of wine and her favourite liqueur Bailey’s for her!

This translated some 12 years ago into starting a business called Life’s an Adventure where the goal is to make every walk a more enjoyable experience for all and taking heavy packs out of the equation – and hence we added the tag-line to our logo ‘ The Pack-free Walking Experience’

They also wanted to offer the best accommodation and fine dining in the area as we currently do on our Three Capes walking tour.  They then added to that wow factors to reach more remote areas by helicopter or boat.

Mark and Vicki have carefully designed all our tours to give good value and quality in Pack Free walk, so you carry as little as your camera, water and raincoat (if required). Our guides are all passionate and are incredibly sociable and proud of their state, and this comes through with their guidance through the area.

Enjoy the walk, and feel free to share your photos with us of your memorable experience.


21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

We haven’t entered the Tourism Awards for quite some years now. We hung up our ‘Award Entry Boots’ after winning our 21st Tourism Award of Excellence. These days our priority is to concentrate our time on running the business and delivering excellent customer satisfaction. However, we are still very proud of the following awards we have won at a Regional, State and National level…

  • Winner 2014 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence – Adventure Tourism
  • Winner 2013 Australian 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

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.

Vicki

Vicki

General Manager

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 Sydney office.

Sam

Sam

National Head of Guiding Operations

Sam grew up camping, hiking, and surfing in Tasmania’s wild places. These childhood experiences have blossomed into a 20-year career working in natural environments and sharing its wonder with others. After school, he worked for several years as a tour guide and educational ranger, before transitioning into teaching in TasTAFE’s Tourism Guiding Program and sustainability education. After completing a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies, he spent a decade with Parks Tas managing a range of educational and engagement events, programs and teams, developing policy and Co-Chairing Tasmania’s largest environmental volunteering organisation Wildcare Tasmania. Sam recently enjoyed a stint with Tourism Tasmania guiding journalists around the Tasmania which reinvigorated his love for this work and thus, joined the Life’s An Adventure family in 2022.

Michael

Michael

Chief Experience Officer - TAS, WA, NT & NSW

Michael is Canadian born with a passion for travel and exploration.  Keen on adventures full of laughs and new discoveries, you will often find Michael on the trail.  He loves to share his experiences with his guests all over this great brown land of Australia.  He can be found travelling throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territories to his beloved Tasmania, but will often be spotted in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

Angie

Angie

Chief Experience Officer - Victoria, Kakadu and Kimberley

An outdoors upbringing in country Victoria laid the foundations for Angie’s love of physical activity and the great outdoors. This theme flowed into her original career choice as a PE & Outdoor Ed Teacher, but being eager to share her passion for being active in a less formal environment, Angie has chosen to join the Life’s an Adventure team. She has explored the great outdoors extensively, on foot & by bike, & is always willing to share her interest in both our natural & indigenous cultural environments. We are excited to have her with our team at Life’s an Adventure not only working across Victoria but over winter in Kakadu and the Bungles.

Richard

Richard

Chief Experience Officer - Victoria & UK Host

Richard has been a keen bush walker since his early teens leading friends and workmates throughout Victoria. In the 1990s he qualified with a Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Leadership Certificate and was urged by those that assisted in his course practice to form a walking club. Little did he know the interest was much wider and the group undertook abseiling, skydiving, paddling, wind-surfing and other activities unassociated with Richards’ love of the bush.

There has also been a love of travel to factor in and he has been on African safari, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, explored Angkor Wat, snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef, dropped into the Grand Canyon to name a few adventures. Richard keeps fit and healthy to keep up the fast pace of his wife and children in pursuing similar escapades.

Turn the clock forward and Richard has abandoned the office after nearly forty years of public service and is very happy to have become that other type of CEO…the Chief Experience Officer specialising in the full range of walks with WOW factor for lifesanadventure across Victoria. He relishes the time showing off our great national parks, the tracks through them and all that the environment has to offer.

Joel

Joel

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Joel has been guiding for nearly a decade. Having recently returned to the team after a two-year break in which he started a family. Guests love Joel for his encouraging and easy-going nature.

Joel tries to learn something new every tour and is interested in Australian history especially stories about explorers and adventures over sea and land. While hiking he enjoys sampling the native bush tucker along the way and identifying unusual plants.

Joel has spent most of his life in Tasmania but spent his primary school years in a small country town in NSW where he discovered his love for the bush and being outdoors. He is a man of many hobbies some of which are fossicking and competitions where he controls very small radio-controlled 4WD vehicles over technical courses.

Danny

Danny

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’.

Craig

Craig

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Craig was born 100 years too late. He is an explorer. When he’s not at work with Life’s An Adventure you’ll find him, or not find him, out exploring and photographing remote mountains, rivers, valleys and wilderness. He only comes inside to sleep because he doesn’t have enough fur. His photographs and adventures have been published in several Australian outdoor magazines as well as used by government agencies such NPWS. Originally from NSW, Craig recently moved to Tasmania to join Life’s An Adventure’s Tasmanian team. Craig is an adventure guide with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas, having guided whitewater rafting, kayaking, abseiling, canyoning, hiking, and mountain biking for a variety of companies.

Chris

Chris

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Chris is a writer, adventurer, poet, and dreamer. And now, a guide with Life’s An Adventure in Tasmania. Raised on a farm in the hinterland of the NSW mid-north coast, Chris grew up surrounded by nature: green tree frogs in the toilet, snakes in the chook pen, the occasional mouse in her bed in the middle of the night and she would spend her weekends sitting quietly in the rainforest behind the dam looking for regent bowerbirds and noisy pittas. It was a 2.5km walk each morning to the bus stop and maybe that set her up to love bushwalking so much.  Chris is also a writer in the genres of fiction and poetry with her work published in many of Australia’s literary mags. She writes adventure stories for several outdoor magazines and blogs.

Glenn

Glenn

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Glenn started working for Lifes An Adventure in 2010. He used his experience as a Chef and his love for Hiking, Kayaking and Mountain Biking to get his foot in the door. After completing his certificate 3 in outdoor recreation he led many trips in NSW before relocating to Tasmania to explore the epic trail network and feast on the premium produce the state has to offer. Tasmania’s rich history and unique Flora and Fauna keep Glenn interested and he enjoys sharing this knowledge with guests, his favourite part of a Life’s an adventure trip is watching everyone enjoy each other’s company after a great day appreciating a Tasmanian wine and plate full of local food.

 

Janaya

Janaya

Chief Experience Officer - Tasmania

Growing up in a small coastal town in NSW, Janaya has a true passion for all things outdoors. Her family packed up & relocated each year to a farm in the snowy mountains where her love for snowboarding exploded, taking her all over the world.  After completing her cert lll in travel and tourism, Janaya moved into travel sales & soon onto becoming a flight attendant. After spending 3 years working for Virgin Australia she decided a Canadian Adventure was a must! Spending 4 years abroad & meeting her partner Glenn (another Lifes An Adventure guide) they decided to finally make the move back to Australia. Bringing them to Tasmania where, when not working you’ll find them riding mountain bikes, searching for waves, hiking up mountains & cruising around in their Camper Van.

Barrie

Barrie

Chief Experience Officer - 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.

Emma

Emma

Reservations Manager

Emma has a passion for the Travel and Tourism industry. Graduating in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business, specialising in International Tourism from the International College of Management, Sydney. During her studies, she had the incredible opportunity to travel to Florida, USA, and work at Walt Disney World as a Character Performer stemming from her background in performance. Emma has also completed her Certificate III in Travel, where she has used her skills to develop wonderful connections in the industry. She has been lucky to travel to Tasmania, Italy, France, London, USA, and is still ticking off her list of bucket list destinations such as Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, and many more! Emma is based in our Sydney office where she manages our team of reservations executives!

Derek

Derek

Reservations Executive

Derek has had a career in travel, Managing a number of Flight Centre Retail Travel Agencies during his time. He has travelled all around Australia, and extensively throughout the world, having ventured to more than fifty countries, with a passion for learning about places and people. He enjoys the great outdoors and being active, with some highlights including climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, meandering through Fiords in Norway, and spotting the Big Five in Tanzania. Derek’s next adventure is hiking our popular Three Capes Walk in Tasmania with his youngest daughter.

We are fully accredited and insured including

  • EcoTourism Australia – ECO Certification III Accreditation
  • Certificate of Accreditation: Open tour or Charter Limited Passenger service. Accreditation No: 419294525
  • Fully insured with up to $20 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
  • Licensed Tour Operator – Parks Victoria
  • 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
  • Life’s an Adventure is registered working with Children Check license number: 2340
  • Western Australia. Department of Parks and Wildlife and Visitors Service. Commercial Operations Licence and Endorsement
  • Parks Victoria Licensed Tour Operator 2022-2023
  • Licensed to conduct tours in the Gawler Ranges National Park, Lake Gairdner National Park and the Nullarbor Regional Reserve, SA. Licence No: A00003499
  • Member of Council of Australian Tour Operators

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Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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