Travel with confidence
Cocky Guides is committed to helping you travel with complete peace of mind. That’s why every single member of our team is personally trained by founder and leader, James (Buck) McFarlane. Buck has spent more than 10 years perfecting the secret formula to great trips with companies like G Adventures, Adventure Travel Australia, Oz Experience, Grand Circle Travel, Overseas Adventure Travel, Autopia and Wildlife Tours. What’s more, every guide is accredited, or on the pathway to accreditation, with the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia and is proficient in first aid.
Information for NDIS participants
All plan managed or self managed clients of NDIS can choose Cocky Guides for innovative community participation and assistance with travel & transport. We are happy to invoice you, your plan manager or support coordinator with a breakdown of the support services provided that make up your adventure with Cocky Guides. If an itemised invoice is a requirement, please email or call us prior to booking your adventure.
For agency managed clients, we are in the process of obtaining NDIS provider accreditation for innovative community participation and assistance with travel & transport. In the meantime when creating or updating your plan, we’d recommend a statement of goals identifying “New experiences and travel with Cocky Guides”.
Meet our talented team
When it comes to delivering high-quality, safe and affordable sensory experiences, no other guides come close. Bursting with local insight and infectious enthusiasm, our friendly and experienced team will provide you with everything you’ve always wanted in a trip:
• Care and passion for travelers, the community and the environment.
• Capable guides who deliver memorable and fun experiences.
• Creative knowledge-sharing and multi-sensory storytelling.
• Collaborative approaches to trip design and support.
James (Buck) McFarlane
Product Development & Leader
Buck has been delivering experiences for travelers with G Adventures, Adventure Tours Australia, Wildlife Tours, Autopia Tours, Oz Experience, Busabout, Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Tours for over 10 years. Prior to entering the travel industry, Buck has been a Product Manager and New Product Developer for financial services brands including AMP, Commonwealth Bank & PMI Mortgage Insurance (now QBE LMI). When Buck is not swimming or camping, he will be out seeking new tactile and sensory experiences for the vision impaired.
Pete (Sconzey) Killick
Adventure Tourism Consultant
Sconzey seeks adventure and as a surf instructor, Sconzey has introduced people of all ability to surfing in Portugal, Maldives, Indonesia and of course Australia. Sconzey has also led travelers around Thailand with Next Step Thailand and locally in Australia with G Adventures, Adventure Tours Australia and Oz Experience. Just back from completing a trans continental bicycle ride across America, Sconzey is seeking the next adrenaline pumping activities we can offer our travelers.
Serena (Raz) Hunt
VIP Experience & Support Leader
Serena loves films, food and travel. When Serena isn’t delivering awesome experiences for our VIPs, you’ll find Serena leading groups around Australia or swimming at Coogee Beach. Organisation is no problem for Serena as she has many years experience directing film crew for movies, television series, commercials, music videos and web series. Serena’s favourite destination with Cocky Guides is the Hunter Valley. And yes, Serena also loves Shiraz.
NSW Accredited Transport Operator #40377
Busfleet is Cocky Guides accredited bus and coach operator. We have partnered with Busfleet as they have a highly experienced team with a large fleet of vehicles and are well positioned to assist us grow new markets.