World Expeditions Travel Group

The World Expeditions Travel Group

Australian Walking Holidays is proud to be part of the The World Expeditions Travel Group.


The World Expeditions Travel Group is an independently owned, Australian adventure travel company that began in 1975, when Australian Himalayan Expeditions commenced its operations with trekking holidays in Nepal. 


In 2005, the company created UTracks to provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe. The European operations were strengthened in 2012 when World Expeditions acquired UK company, Sherpa Expeditions and its extensive UK walking programme. The combined UTracks - Sherpa program now offers more than 400 guided and self-guided itineraries across Europe.
The World Expeditions Travel Group now consists of a number of brands that offer diverse and complementary travel products catering to the specific interests and segments within the international adventure travel market:
Worldwide: World Expeditions
Europe:  UTracks and Sherpa Expeditions
New Zealand:  Adventure South
Australia: Australian Walking Holidays and Tasmanian Expeditions
School Groups: World Youth Adventures
Charity Groups/Fundraisers: Huma Charity Challenge
Young 'Nomads' (20s-30s): Yomads



  World Expeditions is one of the world’s leading adventure travel companies offering ground breaking small group adventure holidays which began with its first trekking holiday to Nepal in 1975. Today, with offices around the globe, they offer more than 500 stand alone itineraries; small group active adventures and expeditions, cycling and walking tours and cultural journeys to every continent on earth. The company's all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their adventure travel experiences. 

  UTracks offers affordable, self-guided and small group guided active holidays across Europe. Choose from a wide variety of quintessential European outdoor experiences from trekking the French Alps, cycling through Tuscany, exploring the islands of GreeceCroatia or Turkey by bike and ship, making a pilgrimage along the Compostela Trail or discovering the lesser known trails in BulgariaRomania & Slovenia. UTracks offers many family friendly itineraries and can also tailor make tours for private groups.

There’s simply no other collection of active New Zealand holidays that can match the geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of our Adventure South's New Zealand adventure holidays. From the volcanoes to glaciers, snow capped mountains to ancient forests, Adventure South offers an extensive collection of walking, cycling, multi-activity holidays and mountaineering adventures on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Many of our New Zealand active holidays are uniquely operated by Adventure South.

Australian Walking Holidays is a specialist brand created to highlight World Expeditions' impressive portfolio of Australian adventure holidays. World Expeditions pioneered and operates a number of iconic Australian adventure holidays, including the Larapinta Trek in the Northern Territory, Franklin River Rafting in Tasmania and the Heysen Trail in South Australia. These exclusive itineraries are based on 30+ years experience in creating trekking holidays in Australia and around the world.

World Youth Adventures (WYA) is a specialist division of World Expeditions dedicated to organising overseas school group adventures. WYA is passionate about immersing young people in environments that offer unique experiences and takes the experience a step further by involving students in a ‘hands on’ project that will help an underprivileged community, leaving a positive and permanent benefit for the peoples of that community and lifelong friendships for students. Students will experience the joy of giving without the expectation of reward when they give their time and physical effort to those less fortunate.

  Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania.  Operating in 1968 as Craclair, we were the first operator of bushwalks along the now legendary Overland Track. Since then, as Tasmanian Expeditions, we’ve pioneered commercial trekking on the rugged South Coast Track, in the spectacular Walls of Jerusalem as well as to the remote areas of Frenchman's Cap and the Western Arthurs. Our walking, cycling, rafting and rock climbing itineraries, all led by passionate and experienced guides are as diverse as Tasmania herself.

  Yomads (derived from a hybrid of Young Nomads) offers unique travel experiences specifically for the 20s and 30s, taking travellers off the beaten track and into the hidden corners of six continents. Designed as a way to bring young adventurers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore. Yomads' small, global groups ensures that young travellers embarking on a Yomads trip are in the company of like-minded travellers who enjoy the wide variety of trip activities on offer which include trekking, cycling, rafting, canyoning, and sailing.

  Huma Charity Challenge is a specialist provider of charity challenges, drawing on World Expeditions' decades of experience in offering high quality adventure travel experiences. One of the original pioneers of the charity challenge concept, we began operating challenges for charities in the UK and Australia when the concept of fundraising through travel was first conceived in the late 1990’s. Since then we have successfully organised over 500 adventures for charities around the globe ranging from International Agencies to National Charities and many smaller local charitable causes, enabling the collection of over 1 million in funds raised. The word 'Huma' also refers to a Persian mythological "Bird of Paradise", which is considered to be a compassionate bird. It is believed that the touch of the Huma brings great fortune. 

  Founded in 1973, Sherpa Expeditions specialise in self-guided and guided holidays to Europe and across the globe. The company offers a range of self guided inn to inn walking & cycling tours, escorted walks and expeditions, Himalayan Tours as well as Walker's Britain, a pioneering collection of over 20 British walking tours which include the Coast to Coast Trail and Hadrian’s Wall. Sherpa has refined self guided holidays to an art.  Over many years their leaders, local representatives and clients have all contributed to the detailed trail notes provided to walkers, making them the definitive guide to the areas they visit, which includes 16 iconic European walking destinations such as France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and much more.