About

DSC_1149We are two very passionate young men with a great love for the outdoors. We have both grown up on the Gold Coast, and over the years have always been searching for those special spots in nature in which we could explore by foot or paddling our kayaks. we have spent many years discovering some very special spots along the east coast of Australia in our pursuit of the ultimate kayaking, hiking and fishing adventures.

 

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Fabio Valeri-Formoso

My Name is Fabio. I have been fishing and exploring ever since I could walk. I was forced on these little expeditions by my grandfather and father growing up. I immediately began looking for new and unique places to explore and catch fish. As I grew older, I found myself heavily into free diving and scuba diving, thanks to my father. I found the underwater world extremely foreign and intriguing. I’ve spent many years now learning about the marine environment, how to harvest it sustainably with rod and spear, and how to protect it, as our oceans are a truly valuable and important asset. Over time, I also found a strong passion for rock climbing. I have spent more than 6 years now travelling around different locations, both locally on the Gold Coast and as far afield as France to find amazing climbing. After dedicating my life to exploring nature in many different ways, I wanted my career to be about sharing these amazing places and experiences with others. I want to share knowledge so that we may have a richer understanding of our natural environment. After completing a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation specialising in kayaking, outdoor rock climbing, and abseiling, I have worked in the industry as kayaking and climbing guide for a while. It didn’t take me long before I decided it was time to create my own dream of taking people to my special places to teach them about its importance. In 2016 I was lucky enough to meet a guy named Jordan, who shared the same passion for nature and had the same goals, with some incredible knowledge and skills as a guide to back it up. Thus, the concept of Bush to Coast Expeditions was born. Exploring and learning about our planet’s natural wonders has opened my eyes to many things, and has changed my life. My life is now dedicated to always learning about the natural world, and how to protect it for future generations. It would be an honor to take you on a journey and share what I have learned so far.

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Jordan Harris

Hello, my name is Jordan Harris, co-founder of Bush To Coast Expeditions. I’ll give you a little bit about my background and how B.T.C. came to life! I was lucky enough to grow up on the water, so I was instantly drawn to it. I was always hunting for bait to go fishing with my family and friends, paddling on the kayak, down at the beach, or just walking around the mangroves. So the older I got, the further I wanted to explore and chase that next adventure!

While growing up, unfortunately my mother fell very ill and I was finding things very difficult, so I was enrolled in a program called Young Carers. Young Carers is a camp for kids that have caring responsibilities for someone in their family. It’s a place for them to meet other kids that are going through the same things and it allows them to just kick back and be a kid for a day. It’s here that I was lucky enough to be introduced to a couple of awesome people that mentored me in the outdoors and taught me about indigenous culture. This experience gave me a deeper passion, a different outlook and an amazing respect for Aboriginal culture. I learnt to respect the country we live in and the places we get to experience.

Throughout the Young Carers camps, I was lucky enough to have many great experiences such as; sailing from Brisbane to Bundaberg on the Young Endevour, a ten day bush walk through the Carnarvin Gorge, camping trips out west to Brewarrina, and many more adventures. When the funding stopped for the camps, I volunteered as a leader to give back, as I got so much out of it.

After the Young Carers camps ended, I was still in contact with my mentors, who were like family to me. I started volunteering as a tour guide on their Indigenous culture camps at South Stradbroke Island. After a few years of volunteering, I was hired as an Indigenous tour guide and mentor on South Stradbroke Island for a further four years. I also have a huge passion for youth work, and I then worked for a youth camp for three years, which was all outdoor-based. After this I was hired as a kayak tour guide at an adventure centre on the Gold Coast. During my employment as a guide and youth worker, I obtained my Certificate III in Indigenous Tourism, Certificate III in Outdoor  Recreation (kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, abseiling), and my Flat-water Canoe Guide Certificate. Over this time, I have had a dream to share with people what is out there to experience. I want to not only show people what’s out there in our natural environment, but also teach people about it, and give a better understanding and deeper appreciation and respect for what the outdoors has to offer us. While working, I was lucky enough to meet Fabio Valeri–Formoso, who shares the same dream as I have. So, from there we continued to talk about it, and thought it would be crazy if we don’t make this dream become a reality! We are both so passionate about this adventure and we can’t wait to see you on tour!

Local rubbish clean-ups 

At Bush to Coast Expeditions we firmly believe that if we want to enjoy the environment and share it with others, we have a responsibility to look after it. Plastic is a huge issue when it comes to the health of our environment. On our tours we like to teach some basic recycling methods and how you can cut down on plastic use. Bush to Coast Expeditions also runs local waterways and beach clean-ups on a regular bases. We post these clean-up days on our social media, and in the news tab of this website. You are free to come along and help out at any of our beach clean-ups. It’s important to us that we try to keep our waterways clean and show some responsibility for using the beautiful areas we explore.

 

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