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

International travel ban to remain even after COVID vaccine rollout…

January 19th, 2021 No Comments

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer says changes to international border closures will be “one of the last things” to change even if a COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out nationwide this year. […]

Cairns’ Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park shuts for good as COVID wreaks tourism havoc

January 19th, 2021 No Comments

A pioneering Far North Queensland Aboriginal tourism attraction, which was once the scene of a controversial visit by the Queen, has become the latest COVID-19 victim and will close its […]

When backpackers went home, these Australians gave farm jobs a go…

As soon as it became clear COVID-19 was going to wreak havoc, most backpackers hastily left Australia and made their way back home. Fearing the nation’s fresh produce would be […]

Calls for more help as international border stays closed due to COVID threat

Australia’s tourism industry has demanded more financial support amid warnings the nation’s international border could remain shut for much of this year. Key points: Australians have been warned international border […]

Seasonal Work Incentives Trial- what the bloody hell happened?

December 7th, 2020 No Comments

Tough sell to Aussie workers Even before COVID-19, attempts to get out-of-work Australians to take up farm jobs through cash incentives have often flopped. The Coalition Government’s $27.5 million Seasonal […]