Meet our team
Below are some of the guides and office staff that that you may come across on our small group tours.
Mark Bennic Australian Operations Manager
Mark manages the operations of our Australian treks and adventures, moving with the seasons. In the winter months he is based in the Northern Territory and keeps our Larapinta and Top Ends tours running smoothly. Over the summer Tasmania and Launceston are home base while he coordinates the busy team for Tasmanian Expeditions.
Heidi Smith Australian Domestic Product Manager
Heidi is our manager of all things Domestic in our Sydney office, where she leaves no stone unturned in her quest to discover new destinations and create the best active adventures to be found anywhere in Australia. Heidi is a passionate ambassador of Australia’s pristine wilderness environments and enjoys escaping from the office to uncover hidden gems and places of exceptional beauty.
Linda Murden Adventure Reservations Consultant
Linda will look after your reservation from confirming your booking on the trip, chasing your paperwork and sending your final tour documents to you. Originally from South East Queensland, she has now made her home in Sydney after living overseas for 9 years.
Kirke Ranson Operations Coordinator
Kirke is our Operations Coordinator, where he oversees all aspects of our team and smoothness of operations. He grew up in NZ and studied Outdoor recreation, working in various outdoor educations outfits around Australia and tourism operations overseas. Adventure, travel and outdoors are what get him out of bed in the morning! His spare time spent is on the trail with his bike, or snowboarding whenever possible.
Holly-Mae Van de Beek Guide
Holly-Mae grew up in Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsular and has been with World Expeditions for 3 years. She loves being out in the bush, being totally self sufficient and able to live out of what’s in her pack that she carries on my back every day. Although she has been doing this for a few years, she is constantly surprised and in awe of the beauty and power of nature.
Oscar Bedfordy Guide
Oscar grew up in the north west of Tasmania in a remote area on a 60 acre bush block, and his childhood years were spent exploring the bush, hunting, fishing, building, hiking, and camping. Oscar has travelled to a few places around the word – Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, New Zealand, Sri Lanka…. but nothing beats being back on the Franklin River for Oscar. It is so remote and unique in so many ways and rafting this river is the only way people can really see and experience the south west of Tasmania “I feel very privileged to be able to work on the river.”
Nicole Mulcahy Guide
Nicole is a kiwi who has fallen in love with guiding bush walks in Australia. After graduating in outdoor education she has guided sea kayaking, bushwalking and cycling trips in both NZ and Australia. Her favourite Australian bush walk would have to be bungles bungles, and her favourite part about guiding is that it gives her the opportunity to share with people what these amazing places have to offer and enhance their understanding and experiences!
William Barker Guide
Born in Tasmania, Will calls the south of the state his home. His first bushwalk was on the South Coast, but he loves the Tasmanian High Country most of all. “Every time I walk the overland, I'm guaranteed to see something I've never seen before, be it some weird orchid, the way the clouds play during a sunrise or the waterfalls running so hard they make the ground shake under my feet!” With a background in marine Ecology, will is now studying Environmental Management and Conservation Ecology postgrad.
Nigel Boydell Guide
Nigel started guiding for World Expeditions as a way to experience mother nature with others. Since guiding in Alice Springs over the last two years, he has become passionate about learning of the balance, respect and harmony that the aboriginal people had with their land, life and spiritual dimensions, and this inspires him to see how modern man can re-establish their natural connections.
Jordie Rieniets Guide
Jordie has been guiding for four years now on both the Larapinta and the Franklin River, as well as the Cape to Cape, Bungle Bungles, Kakadu and the Jatbula trail. A high school teacher by trade specializing in outdoor education and geography, he’s also and an avid kayaker and climber as enjoys playing music. Jordie grew up in Moe in Victoria and his favourite trip and place is the Franklin river in Tasmania, and got into guiding as it was a great opportunity to share his love of the environment and nature with other like minded people, and claims it provides you with the best office you can find in any job.
Harriet Negus Guide
Harriet grew up in central Victoria where her love for the outdoors was ignited through time spent hiking in the Victorian Alps. Harriet is a photographer and has combined her passion of capturing the beauty of the outdoors through study in Fine Art and Outdoor Education. She currently guides on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia and spends her summers working in Outdoor Education in the Grampians, Western Victoria. In her spare time Harriet can be found climbing and photographing new and amazing parts of Australia and the world.
Joshua Brown Guide
Josh grew up in the Blue Mountains where a youth spent exploring canyons and cliffs sparked a love for wilderness. This led him to studying Environmental Science and travelling internationally to guide whitewater rafting trips, a passion that has taken him from BC Canada all the way to the Franklin River in Tasmania. Currently he balances life with guiding on the Larapinta Trail, working for national parks in Victoria and climbing any rock he can find.