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! In her spare time, Nyree loves surfing, trail running 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.
Bec Schofield has been a guide with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours for the past few seasons and really loves it! Bec has completed a Bachelor in Human Society and its Environment and Community Theatre, as well as a Diploma of Education! She is also a musician, storyteller, and bushland regenerator, who lives in an eco friendly house on wheels with her husband, three children and their dog. Her background in bushland regeneration, theatre, music and teaching has given her a strong passion and connection with nature. She has a particular interest in bush foods, medicine and wild flowers and her orchid fever is infectious! She loves travelling with her family and learning from traditional caretakers of country. Bec is enjoying sharing stories and connecting in nature with fellow explorers of all walks of life.
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.
Originally from California, Adam moved to Margaret River in 2005, lured by the surf and undeveloped coastline of the Cape to Cape region. A lifelong nature lover with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and 10 years’ experience in water and natural resource management, Adam has a strong knowledge of the Cape to Cape coastal and marine environments. Away from work Adam interests include travelling, surfing, fishing, bushwalking, gardening, cooking, and spending time outside with his family.
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.
Drew McKenzie – Track ExpertDrew McKenzie has worked in natural resource management on both sides of Australia over the past 15 years and has attained an honours degree in environmental science. Drew is a waterways and wildflower specialist and has also organised a number of large team building events. Known for his love of the Cape to Cape Track and surfing large waves at one of Australia’s most feared breaks, the Margaret River Bombie, Drew brings a fantastic sense of worldliness and knowledge to any tour that he leads.
Ro Roberston has TAFE Certificates in Tourism and Hospitality and brings a wealth of local and worldly knowledge to the team from her great love of travel. Most importantly Ro makes sure all the gourmet local produce which is served for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner gets to all our hungry walkers on time. Ro moved to Margaret River in 1996 and worked for Kerry Malpass at one of the original Cape to Cape Track tour companies, Walk the Edge. Ro then began working at the local caves where she first met Gene Hardy.She then relocated to the Kimberely working for APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventures, as a tour guide to the magnificent Bungle Bungles and Catering Coordinator for the guests whilst living in the wilderness lodges for 2 years.Next up she moved to Kings Canyon, Central Australia to guide and again live in the lodges this time for just over a year. Ro then climbed to Base Camp on Mt Everest before her heart led her back to Margaret River where she discovered her old mate Gene had started Cape to Cape Explorer Tours. Ro has worked with the team since then.