About BackTrack Adventures

NTIA/CATO Winner: Adventure Consultant of the Year 2019

NTIA Nominee: Most Outstanding Leisure Travel Agency – Single Location 2023

NTIA Nominee: Most Outstanding Travel Agency Manager 2023 – Leanne Flanagan Smith

NTIA Nominee: Most Outstanding Travel Consultant Leisure 2023 – Emma Smith

Whether you like to trek, explore, sight-see, learn, dine or whatever your adventure might be, we’re out there.
We are passionate about travel – and we’re even more passionate about taking you on great adventures around the world.

Back Track Adventures is an independently owned, specialist adventure travel agency based in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1984 by two mates who fell in love with trekking in Nepal, we are the experts in unique, off the beaten track experiences.

We still operate treks to many different destinations, our favourites being Mount Kilimanjaro, the Nepali Himalayas, and the Indian Himalayas. Our collection of Journeys has expanded to include a range of African safaris and 4WD adventures along with Italian Food Odysseys.  We are also a fully accredited travel agency and can help your holiday dreams come true, no matter how big or small they are.

Since 1986, we’ve been closely associated with Intrepid Travel. Their style of travel and the experiences they offer align with our own ethos, and it is a partnership we are proud to maintain.

We are also incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the polar regions – Antarctica and the Arctic. We’ve been sending clients to Antarctica since the 90s, when it was mostly scientists and researchers who ventured that far south. Antarctica is a much more accessible (and affordable!) destination nowadays, and we have an Antarctic expedition to suit any budget.

Our team offer 24/7 emergency support so if you’re overseas and need help, there’s someone who knows you on the end of the line.

Our staff are all avid travellers with a wealth of expertise, learn more about them.

Why book with us?

As a privately owned, specialist travel company, we believe firsthand knowledge makes all the difference. Our consultants have explored the seven oceans and seven continents and love nothing more than sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with fellow travellers.

40 years’ experience

We have been trekking and designing holidays since 1984 and can arrange the perfect travel itinerary that will exceed your expectations!

Expertise and knowledge

Our staff have an average of 21 years’ experience in the travel industry and are all avid travellers. We’re out there experiencing new destinations and products every year. Our firsthand knowledge means we give you special insights and must-do tips to make the most of your holiday.

Care and attention

We take the time to get to know you – what you like to see and do, and how you like to travel. Every holiday (and every person on that holiday) is unique so we tailor the trip to suit you perfectly. 80% of our business comes from our long-standing client relationships and we always look forward to welcoming new people to the Back Track Family.

Access to Exclusive Deals

Having been around for 40 years, we’ve developed strong and lasting relationships with operators and suppliers, which means we are able to secure the best rates and have access to exclusive deals.

24/7 Emergency support

Complications happen on holidays, and never at a good time. Rest assured, we offer 24/7 emergency support for all our clients, no matter where you are.

Responsible & Ethical Travel

We work hard to ensure our treks and organised itineraries have a positive impact on the environment and benefit the communities we visit.

How we give back

With great travel comes great responsibility, and Back Track Adventures work hard to ensure the impact we have on the communities we visit is positive and sustainable. Some of the notable projects we are involved in are outlined below.

Light Up Naduri

Through our Kokoda Treks, Back Track is the major employer, and therefore the major source of income, for the people of Naduri village. We currently employ approximately 120 people from the village. The welfare of our employees and families are important to us. Back Track is activley incvolved in improving the living conditions of the residents as well as respecting their lifestyle and beliefs – we recognise and do not trek on the Sabbath.

In October 2018, we installed 43 solar powered lights in homes in the Naduri Village, which is made up of approximately 500 people. This made an extremely positive impact on the local community as it enabled students to study at night, provides a safe clean source of light and will encourage more productive time for family and the community. Josh Niven, the elected ward representative said, “We were born in darkness and now we have light.”

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the friends of Back Track who donated a little and a lot to fund this project.

On the first night of light, people could be heard calling from home to home in local Motu language… “we are happy, we are happy”. This project was completed in cooperation and partnership with the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF).

Giving Back in Nepal

We are one of the only Australian-based trekking companies with a permanent office in Nepal. Our Nepal office play a lead role in the activities and practices of the Sustainable Tourism Network in Nepal, as well as other local sustainable tourism initiatives. Our treks, such as the Annapurna Community Lodge and Everest High Passes trek, actively work to bring tourism dollars into different regions of Nepal, growing the local economies and benefiting the local people. They also work hard to ensure the local environment is cared for and preserved.