We are Primal Adventures
Primal Adventures have been running small group guided wilderness adventures since 2006 to locations such as Nepal, Borneo, Central Australia, Tasmania, Mt Kilimanjaro and New Zealand. We cater for all fitness and ability levels, and differentiate our trips so you know you’ve signed up to the right thing. We also run trips designed specifically for families, men’s & women’s specific, or a parent and child. We also custom design adventures for community and special interest groups.
We value precise organisation, great service, incredible locations, delicious food & professional partnerships so you can relax and recharge. We offer you time to re-energise, to find the peace and stillness that comes from being in the wilderness. To conquer your fears, to do things you never thought possible. To see things you never thought you would or could see. We do all the organizing for you so you can have outstanding adventures in beautiful wilderness areas, that will both energise you and give you an incredible experience.
For those who have joined us previously, you know what Primal Adventures are all about. It’s sometimes windy, sometimes wet, sometimes a little different to what was planned. It’s authentic and it’s often wild, but it all unfolds as it should for that moment, with your group. After a few days off the grid, eating great food and enjoying incredible scenery, you’ll be feeling reconnected, reinvigorated, and on top of the world!
Our team are passionate about adventure, the wilderness and providing you with a first class experience
Starting 20 years ago as an Outward Bound instructor, Helen has honed her leadership skills in a variety of organisations in Australia and internationally. She has led groups of adults, teens, families and staff on a vast range of wilderness programs up to 30 days in length.
Helen’s wilderness guiding experience is backed by her pursuit of knowledge. She has a degree in Environmental Management, Graduate Diploma in Education, and qualifications in Outdoor Recreation, Fitness Coaching and Wilderness First Aid. Helen has designed and implemented a range of experiential education programs including adventure therapy and living skills programs for at-risk youth, to give participants the skills, strength and resilience required to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Helen is committed to providing the highest standard of personalised service to ensure your adventure is unique and memorable. To enable more people to experience the magic and peace of the outdoors. To become more connected to family, friends and our environment.
Peter has spent much of his life in outdoor pursuits, last year celebrating 40 years of backcountry skiing on Australia’s main range. Peter has always sought balance between parenting, seeking inspiring work and going on wonderful adventures. He has been a professional guide since 2000, teaches and assesses outdoor recreation guides for TAFE NSW, and works as a graphic designer for clients such as Breville and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Peter is a qualified Wilderness guide, and has an Honours degree in Industrial Design, and a Masters of Applied Ethics.
Amanda has been a guide with Primal Adventures for over 5 years. She has guided expeditions for Primal Adventures in Nepal, Vanuatu, Borneo, Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia, and is a qualified Bushwalking and Kayak Guide with Remote Area First Aid training. Amanda also has over 12 years’ experience in the fitness industry working as a personal trainer. Amanda is passionate about helping people to enjoy the wilderness.
Jake has worked in Outdoor Education for the past thirteen years in various countries around the world. He is a father, husband, surfer, teacher, guide, DJ, climber, MC, brewer of beer, rider, trail builder and outdoor junkie. Jake currently resides in the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and two children teaching Outdoor Education at a local high school.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation majoring in Outdoor Education, Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, Wilderness First Aid and has undertaken vertical rescue training. He has worked as an outdoor instructor, guide, motivational facilitator, MTB trail builder, canyon guide, teacher of outdoor education and has volunteered as a bush firefighter with the NSW RFS.
Jake does not own a house but has to his name; two skateboards, two snowboards, four surfboards, three bags of climbing gear, one mountain bike, one kayak, two slack lines and one very tolerant wife. Jake has undertaken many personal long distance expeditions including sea kayaking across Bass Strait, however he only reserves mention of this for the last line of bios.