Who We Are
Australian Connection Travel Company
The Australian Connection Travel Company (ACTC) was created from our desire to be the exemplary standard of service for small group luxury tourism in Australia.
We believe a great experience comes from even better communication! To facilitate this, we employ only the best bi-lingual guides (and former teachers) Australia has to offer.
We believe that a genuine travel experience is integrally linked to the connection you develop with the people, places & things you encounter. As such we strive tirelessly to use our knowledge & storytelling to give our guests a sense of connection to the beautiful, wondrous and ancient lands we visit.
Whether we accompany you for a half day, or for 13 days, we endeavor to embody the friendly Spirit of Australia, entertain & educate our guests in a respectful & professional manner, on all things Australian. We go above & beyond to indulge our guests in an authentically Australian experience- not just another tour. It is more than our job, it is our passion & pleasure to show you our Sunburnt Country in the most comfort, style & safety possible.
Clint Press - Founder & Guide
For nearly 20 years Clint has lead extended tours across most of the Australian continent, Fiji & New Zealand. With his lovely Spanish wife, Cristina Ojeda, providing the backbone of logistics, ACTC are ready to make your holiday experience the best it can be.
Clint is passionate about travel and considers himself lucky to have visited almost 50 countries, yet he believes he will continue traveling as long as he lives. His greatest experiences to date are the times spent living at the very heart of the Central Australian deserts in the Mutitjulu Aboriginal Community, located inside the iconic World Heritage listed Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, and the some 3.5 years he spent working as an English & Tourism teacher in both Logroño, La Rioja, & San Sebastian-Donostia, Pais Vasco, Spain.
Having grown up as a 7th generation Australian from the same small country town on the edge of the Outback (indeed his home town of Port Augusta is called the 'Crossroads of Australia' & the 'Gateway to the Outback'), Clint has his roots firmly planted in red soil- even though he currently calls Australia's largest city home- Sydney.
With Spanish as a second language, and a small smattering of vocabulary in other languages, including enough Pitjantjatjara (an Aboriginal language from South Australia) to make people smile in surprise, Clint will do his best to connect you to this ancient land & deliver you an authentic Australian experience.
Other notable travel experiences:
- Living in the UK first as a University student then working for a time in good ol' Bristol, England.
- Lead activities at summer camp in historic Puente La Reina, Navarra, Spain. Spent time that same summer working at a club in Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain.
- Lived for a summer in le-magnificent Biarritz, France, surfing and getting in shape before walking 900kms on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterra.
- Spent one summer in Praia do Pipa, Brasil, selling Acai on the beach.
Andrew Douglas Smith - Guide
Andrew started work as a high school teacher in some prestigious schools in Australia and England. Whilst teaching French and German at secondary and tertiary levels, he ventured overseas taking many tours to Europe, Canada and around Australia, both for language and skiing for his students and occasionally parents. He left teaching to devote himself to full-time tourism 6 years ago and now take tours around Australia, mainly Sydney, as well as to nearby countries like New Zealand and Fiji. He speaks English, French and German fluently and is a very entertaining and informative character, never one to be caught short for a word or a story. His passions are for people, cultures, languages and simply experiencing life to the full. As such, he enjoys all the good things in life. He has a healthy love of sport, music and wine. He is married & blessed with two fine sons. Andrew awaits you here as your guide and very much looks forward to sharing his passion & deep knowledge with you while showing you Australia's icons & some of the wonders of this world.
Fábio Marques Ferreira - Guide
Brazilian born, Fábio came to Australia for the first time when he was only 10 years of age. Since then, he built a long lasting, loving relationship with the country that he now calls home
Having graduated in Social Sciences, he worked as an apprentice of Archeology in the Brazilian National Parks and after graduation, left his home state of São Paulo to venture to the Northeast of his native country, living in resort beach towns with the biggest influx of foreign tourists in Brazil, where he gained extensive experience in the hotel & tourism industry.
Fabio moved to the Spanish Basque Country & spent 2 years working with tourists using his English language skills. During those years he mastered Spanish & traveled extensively in Europe, increasing his country count. He then left sunny Spain to live in London for another 2 years where he undertook a specialisation in Arts and when not tour guiding, he uses his language skills working for Australian Art’s related tourism and entertainment, dealing with a multitude of visitors from every part of the world.
With a love for culture, Fábio has worked with Aboriginal Artists in Australia, which brought both an in depth insight into the living local culture as well as providing him an avenue to exchange his cultural roots from Brasil, a culture he lives and shares in Australia through the practice of Capoeira.
Needless to say he is a passionate traveler and has journeyed throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and some countries in Asia such as India, Japan and Indonesia.