Gene Hardy was born in Margaret River and has an in-depth knowledge of the Capes’ attractions reserved only for true locals. Prior to becoming one of the directors at Cape to Cape Explorer Tours, Gene travelled and worked worldwide as a journalist for various sporting publications, developed environmental, interpretive and team building programs in both Australia and the UK and worked for a number of Conservation agencies and NGO’s in the South West of Australia. Gene is currently the Vice-President of the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track, sat on the Board for the Augusta – Margaret River Tourism Association, and also the National Board for Surfrider Foundation, a group focused on coastal conservation.
Gene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Diploma in Education. When not out on the Track, Gene is a keen waterman and has represented Western Australia a number of times surfing, playing underwater hockey and won the World Wooden Bellyboarding Championships at Chapelporth Beach, UK in 2005. Gene sites trekking the Peruvian Inca Trail in 2005 as his life’s hiking highlight, though parts of the Cape to Cape Track in WA and South Coast Track in TAS come pretty close!
Saul Cresswell was born in the small picturesque village of Augusta, near Cape Leeuwin, the end point for the Cape to Cape Track. Saul completed a Bachelor Degree in Sustainable Development in 2007, with a strong focus on Mandarin Chinese. He went on to work in the field of natural resource management and sustainability education. From 2011-2014 he worked for HotRock, a non-profit delivering sustainability education to high schools in Western Australia, running the highly successful Seed2Tree program. Saul has travelled to China on a few occasions, and is passionate about the culture and the language.
Nyree Barrett completed a Bachelor of Science with majors in Zoology and Environmental Management in 2012. Frequenting the region throughout her studies as a conservation volunteer, Nyree permanently moved to Margaret River soon after graduating. Working as a local government Environmental Officer, her love for the region was solidified. Volunteering with chimpanzees in Zambia, visiting over 20 European countries and caring for elephants in Thailand are a snippet of Nyree’s travelling experience although for her, nothing beats returning to her home in Margs! Recently, Nyree has found herself travelling to Sri Lanka to escape the wet south-west winters with her partner Scott. She is also employed as a cave tour guide with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association. In her spare time, Nyree loves surfing, camping and practicing yoga, as well as enjoying all the wine and food the region has to offer.
Russell Pratt has a vast experience with the Western Australian coastal environment through his lifelong love of surfing, wave sailing, ocean yacht racing, diving, and fishing bringing a unique perspective and understanding of the Western Australian coast. Rusty was state champion wave sailor 1991-1996 and competing on a national level until a knee injury slowed down his ambitions. Rusty moved to the region in 2002 to be close to one of his favourite sailing spots, the legendary Margaret River Main Break a wave reputed to be one of the most powerful in the world. Previously, Russell was the owner of a brick recycling business and managed to reduce 2 million tonne of landfill by selling on second hand bricks. Russell has a love of all things green – a keen home gardener with a native garden, vege patch and orchid. He loves to walk the trails around the region as well as the Cape to Cape Track itself and spot wildflowers with his wife Gail. A mechanic by trade, Russ keeps a watchful eye on the company’s fleet ensuring you have a safe comfortable journey with us.
Sarah was born in England and travelled around the world working in hospitality and tourism. After 5 years of travel she decided to make Australia her home. She studied Bachelor of Science; Environmental Management in Perth and has 6 years experience working and volunteering on a range of conservation projects across Australia. In 2013 Sarah moved to Margaret River where she can enjoy surfing, kite boarding, freediving, hiking and mountain biking in a beautiful location. Since moving to the area she has specialised in cave conservation and guiding, and gained knowledge on the local environment through both her work and love for outdoor activities.
Ryan Hardy grew up in Margaret River, is Managing Director Gene Hardy’s younger brother and a World Champion Body Boarder. Yes, he is the equivalent to Kelly Slater of the Surfing world. When not at home exploring the Margaret River coastline, Ryan is out travelling around the world, as he has done over the past 20 years as a professional bodyboarder. Ryan is passionate about working with people and helping them to find their bliss on the local coastline that he knows best. His mission is simply to share his knowledge and experience in the world class coastal setting of Margaret River.
Ro has called Margaret River ‘Base Camp’ since moving here from Victoria in 1996 to work at one of the original Cape to Cape Track tour companies and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team from her great love of life and travel. She met Gene Hardy when they worked together locally at Calgardup and Giant Caves. 20 years on Ro still works at the caves on a casual basis. Never far from the great outdoors Ro has walked some of the worlds’ iconic tracks including Cape to Cape multiple times, Base Camp Everest, the Overland Track Tasmania, the Razorback in Victoria and the Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island. After following her ancestor’s footsteps by walking the West Highland Way, Scotland in 2013, she returned to Margaret River and discovered her old friend, Gene, had started Cape to Cape Explorer Tours. Ro has been part of the team ever since. Ro’s unique life experiences, Tourism, Guiding and Hospitality qualifications and a long stint with APT/Kimberley Wilderness Adventures working in the magnificent Bungle Bungles, Bell’s Gorge and King’s Canyon as Camp Host/Driver Guide culminate in her being a valuable resource, asset and ambassador for Eco-tourism.