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

WA hospitality venues close during peak tourist season due to severe staff shortages

February 4th, 2021 No Comments

With international travel off the menu, West Australians have flooded regional destinations like never before, but severe staff shortages mean many hospitality venues have been unable to fully capitalise on […]

Vegetable growers forced to dump $150,000 worth of celery crops due to picker shortage

Vegetable growers in Victoria’s Lindenow Valley have had to dump $150,000 worth of celery crops due to a drastic shortage of seasonal workers caused by the COVID-19 travel bans. Key […]

Gold Coast residents fed up with illegal campers walking around naked, urinating in public

February 4th, 2021 No Comments

Beachfront residents on the southern Gold Coast say they are fed up with illegal campers urinating in public, dumping rubbish, and taking up valuable parking bays. Key points: Rainbow Bay […]

International students seek exemption to enter Australia as Victoria rules out return in 2021

More than 13,000 international students have petitioned the Australian government seeking exemptions from the current travel restrictions, as Victorian Premier Danial Andrews said that it will be “incredibly challenging” to […]

Spirit of Tasmania ferries to allow free travel for cars from March in bid to boost tourism

Spirit of Tasmania ferry passengers will be able to bring their car or motorcycle at no charge for a period of four months under an expansion of the Bass Strait […]