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Mike Barrow
Mike arrived in Sydney in 1989 as a typical British backpacker with $17 and one phone number. He also decided Sydney was paradise living in a three bedroom unit with 17 other backpackers. He eventually managed to get a proper job in a small backpacking publishing company. After spending four years trying to get residency, Mike finally 'got in' and set up his own company, Travel Maps Australia in 1993. In 2000 the Company rebranded to THE WORD and in 2014 started The Byte. Mike lives in Sydney's northern beaches, keeps fit and healthy and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Recent Articles

Growers plead for fresh ideas after $150,000 worth of unpicked food ploughed back into paddocks

A North Queensland vegetable grower says she may not plant next year after making the “soul-destroying” decision to plough the last of her 2020 crop back into the ground. Key […]

NFF appeals to Federal Government to bring back backpackers, Working Holiday Maker program

Farmers and tourism operators have written to the Federal Government pleading for backpackers to be allowed into Australia to harvest crops, care for children and travel. Key points: A report […]

Kindness pandemic spreads in Manjimup, WA, to help backpackers during COVID-19

Imagine backpacking on the other side of the world when a global pandemic is declared. Key points: A small community in WA’s south west actively welcomed backpackers during COVID-19 while […]

Backpacker employer Bradford Clark Rosten fined $65,000 over farm death linked to heat stress

A North Queensland businessman has been fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region. Key points: A […]

Accom industry responds to BUDGET 2020

October 28th, 2020 No Comments

Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) National CEO Michael Johnson is pleased that the government listened to industry concerns with the Federal Budget focus on jobs and regional tourism was a welcome […]