Matthew Will – Managing Director
Matt has had a lifelong association with Tasmania’s wilderness across work and play. Born and raised in Launceston, he pulled on hiking boots from a young age. He’s completed the majority of Tasmania’s toughest walk expeditions, some lasting up to one month.
In the early-mid 2000s, he worked as a tour guide on the Overland Track for what is now the Tasmanian Walking Company. It was here that he discovered his love for taking people on a journey. Since that time, Matt owned and operated successful pharmacy businesses for over 15 years.
In 2018, he ventured back into the Tourism industry, establishing GWT. To complement his extensive guiding and business experience, he undertook a Certificate III in Tourism Guiding and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course the same year. This education has positioned Matt to deliver curated tours of the highest standard.
He lives in the suburb of Trevallyn, adjacent to Launceston’s Cataract Gorge with his wife, four active boys and their dog. The family has a strong affiliation with the local area, spending hours exploring the walking and biking trails in and around the Gorge, Trevallyn Reserve and wider city of Launceston. Matt also has a keen interest in Tasmanian history and can often be found deep in his library of Tasmanian historical books.
Matt is excited to share his city with fellow travellers. He’s also trying to complete all of the ‘Abels’ – peaks in Tasmania over 1100m. There are 158 of them. So when he’s not with his wife and kids or deep in a book, he’s tackling his latest mountain peak!
Julian Burgess – Historical Consultant
If anyone knows Launceston’s past, it’s Julian Burgess. Julian acts as historical consultant to GWT and has extensive experience in researching the history of this city and Tasmania. He is a former Associate Editor of the Launceston Examiner where he edited and wrote many of the paper’s award-winning historical supplements between 2006 and 2014.
Julian is the author of eight books including histories of the Duck Reach Power Station, Tamar Yacht Club and Waverley Woollen Mills. He continues to write for newspapers and magazines. He also keeps busy, publishing historical articles on his website www.julianburgess.com.au. As we say, he knows his history!
Xavier loves to tell a good yarn – and he has many. Born in NSW, he arrived in Tassie when he was 11. He’s spent plenty of time in our remote west, living six years at the isolated outpost of Granville Harbour.
Xavier honed his skills as a Historical Guide on Sarah Island, weaving visitors through the convict ruins for three years. He also graced the stage of Australia’s longest running play, The Ship that Never Was, acting as William Shires in Strahan.
He loves the wildness and beauty of this island and today he calls Launceston home.
Emma loves Tassie’s great outdoors. An avid hiker, she took off on the multi-day Overland Track and picked up new friends along the way. The affable Tasmanian also reached the summit of Mount Ossa on this trip, our tallest mountain.
Originally from Launceston, Emma has travelled, lived, studied and worked all over the world. However, it would be the lure of her island that has called her home permanently. A passionate local, Emma is always keen for a chat and comes with plenty of recommendations to share with our guests along the way.
Nick became a Launceston local near a decade ago as a ‘free settler’ escaping the ‘busy haste’ of mainland Australia. He still delights in the casual pace of echidnas, wallabies and bandicoots on his back porch.
He’s a storyteller, commentator and humorist, at the ready to share his insights about what makes Launceston so very special. He backs this up with tour guide qualifications, earning his stripes guiding local and international guests on camping trips across Australia. He also knows a thing or two about film and photography, so ask away if you’re keen to tap into his knowledge.
David knows the Launceston area intimately – he’s lived here for more than 20 years. Although he has travelled afar, he considers Tasmania a gem for its natural beauty. David is happiest when he’s hiking and camping in one of our beaut National Parks. The Cataract Gorge is literally in his backyard, so he’s spent plenty of time getting to know this patch with its weaving trails through native fauna and flora.
David also loves the city streets and is looking forward to sharing with you the blend of architecture and stunning parklands that have evolved from colonial times. Stay close to David is he unpacks tales of the past and leads you through leafy parks