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.

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 travellers, 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

Founder & Owner

Buck has been delivering experiences for travellers with G Adventures, Adventure Tours Australia, Wildlife Tours, Autopia Tours, Oz Experience, Busabout, Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Tours for over 10 years. Before entering the travel industry, Buck was 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 blind and low-vision Australians.

Buck at a Hunter Valley winery standing in front of maturing wine in oak barrels stacked 3 high in a storage warehouse

Kellie (Striker) Hayes

Product Development & Delivery Manager

Our most fashionable tour guide, Kellie comes with 4 years of tour guiding experience across various Australian-based tour companies and prior to that, 12 plus years in design and fashion working across the globe. Kellie is also the founder and operator of Sensory Styling which focuses on wardrobe overhauls and personal shopping for the blind and low vision community. With the combination of her creativity, business acumen and love for the great outdoors, Kellie has been an integral part of Cocky Guides growth.

Kellie standind on Darwin's Mindil Beach at sunset wearing an Akubra hat

Donna (Kebab) Quirke

Trip Leader based in Sydney

Donna next to traveller at Mossman Gorge with fists raised showing ochre paint on forearms

Ben (Dutchy) Holland

Trip Leader based in Melbourne

Trip Leader Dutchy crouched down next to black dog guide on lawn in the Victorian Alps on a sunny day

Maree Nicholson

Trip Leader based in Cairns

Maree lounging in comfy chair on a sailing boat in Florence Bay, Magentic Island

Michelle Jago

Trip Leader based in Cairns

Michelle is standing facing the camera in Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta

Busfleet Australia

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 to grow new markets.

Busfleet logo in navy blue font. The B has an image of a kangaroo head inside the font to create the look of the letter B