After more than 30 years working in Australia’s international tourism sector, including senior marketing positions in Melbourne’s backpackers and group tour industry, working with coach operators and attractions – George eventually became an entrepreneur and built a successful award-winning brand with Bunyip Tours. Similarly, Polly’s expertise and passion in the backpacker accommodation and touring has enhanced the business credibility. You might say that George and Polly know the touring business in Australia like the back of their hands.
George is most well known in the tourism industry, as the founder of the incredibly popular and successful Official Neighbours Tours and Neighbours Nights, an innovative concept in tourism for its time, combining the entertainment/TV and tourism industry. Subsequently, he purchased the small tour operators Penguin Island tours and Otway Discovery tours, followed by Bunyip Bushwalking Tours which quickly evolved into renowned small group eco-tours companies all under the banner of Bunyip Tours.
“Bunyip Tours” was awarded Hall of Fame status at the 2010 Victorian Tourism Awards, with its third consecutive award win as Victoria’s best Tour/Transport Operator. As well as awarded Gold in 2016 as Major Tour and Transport Winner with a Silver in 2017 in the same category. George and Polly work closely with most Victorian regional bodies; Parks Victoria, Visit Victoria, VTIC and are members of the Lynette Bergin Selection Panel.
They are credited in the Victoria tourism industry for their passion, innovation, and resilience in all sectors of the market. Their fresh approach to explore and successfully open regions to the international markets has been recognised throughout the industry.