My wife Jo and I got bitten by the hospitality bug in the 90s when we were running a small county pub in South Australia. When we had the opportunity to purchase a rundown old Homestead on 3000 acres on the Eyre Peninsula we jumped at it! So in 1999 we moved to Coodlie Park Farm Retreat and this is the place we are lucky enough to have called home since. We spent some years fixing up Coodlie Park which now is an amazing wilderness retreat featuring a range of accommodation from self-contained cabins to a unique eco-bush camping ground.
Then loving a challenge as we do in 2004 another great opportunity arose, this time to purchase a struggling tour company called Nullarbor Traveller. At the time it offered backpackers a raw and basic 9-day camping adventure between Adelaide and Perth. In the years following, we invested a lot of blood, sweat and tears into promoting these undiscovered regions on international and domestic marketing trips. We’ve since built up Nullarbor Traveller to be internationally recognised as ‘Australia’s ultimate wildlife and camping adventure’.
But then in 2014, we started to notice people wanting a different style of tour rather than camping. People were wanting to travel to the same amazing destinations but wanted to do it in style with the comforts of civilisation, motel-style accommodation and smaller executive vehicles.
Expanding to Xplore Eyre
This is when we decided to expand our product range and create a new, higher-end brand – Xplore Eyre – to cater to this growing market of small family groups and private charters.
As they say, the rest is history! A lot of our tours stop off for the night at Coodlie Park where we will welcome you as part of the family in true Aussie style.