Echidna Walkabout’s incredible team
Echidna Walkabout in 2017 l to r: Roger Smith, Olivia Bilson, Carol Challis, Emma Swann, Allan (Bart) Bartholomew, Melinda King and her son Rylie, Michael Williams, Jiri Haureljuk, Kirby Leary, Sally Hennessy, Brett Howell, Martin Maderthaner, Caz Bartholomew, Jo Young. Not in photo: Janine Duffy, Harry Fry, Hannah Black, Sue Connelly, Cathy Warburton, Rebeca Normington.
Wildlife Guide & Operations Manager
Martin joined us in 2007. He is our most senior Wildlife Guide, and our top Bird Guide.
He was trained as a Field Guide in southern Africa, where he was born, and spent many years guiding at some of Africa’s top lodges. He still runs amazing wildlife tours in Africa every year for his own company Explore Nature.
Wildlife Guide & Development Co-ordinator
Kirby joined us in 2011. She is one of our most experienced Wildlife Guides.
She is a sensational wildlife spotter, with a particular interest in conservation.
Kirby runs Private, Sunset and Koalas & Kangaroos IN THE WILD tours. She also organises tree planting and Koala Conservation Days for Koala Clancy Foundation.
Brett joined us in 2016 and rapidly became one of our top Wildlife Guides.
He has great eyes for wildlife, a tremendous sense of humour and a seemingly inexhaustible positivity.
Michael joined us in 2016.
He has a real interest and great knowledge of every part of the natural world with a particular passion for frogs. Michael is also a very talented professional photographer – his work can be seen here: It’s A WildLife
Webmaster & Accounts
Caz has been part of Echidna Walkabout from the very beginning – it would not exist without her support and advice. She has filled many roles over the years, and is currently working with Accounts, and as webmaster and Secretary for Koala Clancy Foundation.
Janine Duffy & Roger Smith
Co-owners and founders
Janine & Roger founded Echidna Walkabout in 1992.
Roger runs Wild Top End tours, Mungo Outback Journey and any of our other tours. Janine runs Wildlife Journey tours, bird tours, Mungo and Wild Top End and Koala Conservation Days for Koala Clancy Foundation.
Emma joined us in 2016 on her return to Australia after travelling in South America for many years.
She speaks Spanish, and has enormous enthusiasm for everything she does.
Jiri joined us in 2017
Born in Czechoslavakia, Jiri spent many years guiding in Africa before migrating to Australia. Jiri and his partner Michelle run Roar Foundation, a charity in Africa.
Jo joined us in 2005 and was a Wildlife Guide for many years.