My name is German Ugarte and with my wife Paulina decided in 2012 to create Outback Geo Adventures with the intention to pioneer Geotours to Mungo and Yanga National Park from Balranald, our lovely country town on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in New South Wales.
I was born in Perth from Chilean parents and when I was 5 years old we returned to Chile and I spent there more than 21 years. I did my degree in Tourism Planning at SEK University and in 2001 with Paulina (girlfriend then) came to Australia with the intention to spend 3-4 months backpacking and enjoying the most popular Aussie icons.
Shortly after our arrival we realised that our future was here and we’ve been here since. Lucky to have an Australian passport though! I had then the opportunity to complete a postgraduate in business at Edith Cowan University, and tourism and community development was always making noise in the back of my mind.
I have been involved in tourism for about 20 years, I’ve worked with indigenous communities in remote areas in the south of Chile, and I’ve spent many years working in Local Governments in Australia.
I had the opportunity to meet truly great people, proud of their place and heritage, and so keen to share their stories to visitors. I have great memories of Narembeen and Esperance in WA and the work we did together making reality some of their dreams and aspirations.
Outback Geo Adventures is the result of years of working with local communities and the desire to reconnect with simple things in life, my wife, kids, animals, people and nature, and of course my love for music and drumming!! We are very enthusiastic with this new venture and we are doing it with great respect towards the environment, the local community, and with a great deal of enthusiasm. We’d love to hear from you and show you Balranald’s hidden treasures.
If you want to know more about us and experience one of our unique experiences, please drop us a line using the form below. We'd love to hear from you.
All the best, and never stop exploring!!
Paulina & German.
“Geotourism” tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a given place, including its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of local residents."
The national Geographic Society.