Author's Profile

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

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 […]

Paradise interrupted – how will Byron Bay recover?

October 1st, 2020 Comment (1)

The Byron Bay of our Instagram feeds is as beautiful as ever. But take a trip to the coastal town, and you’ll find businesses in peril, and locals running out […]

Queensland tourism sector booming as holidaymakers hit the road to explore own backyard

October 1st, 2020 Comment (1)

Queenslanders have heeded the call to explore their own backyard with some tourist destinations reporting a 200 per cent increase in demand, while others are the busiest they have been […]

Australia’s cherry farms need workers and Year 12s are getting the call up

October 1st, 2020 No Comments

With the cherry season due to begin soon in central west New South Wales, growers are desperate for workers. The short and intense season aligns with the end of school […]

Government to offer welfare and visa boosts for picking fruit – visa extensions for backpacker...

Scott Morrison said there was work being done on this, which would be announced very soon – but pick for the dole looks like becoming a reality. Unemployed young people could […]