ABOUT US
From 2007 to 2020, Steve Savage and Maria Marcelo have been helping tourists from all around the world to get the very best from their time in Australia and New Zealand, and then suddenly…

Well, we all know what happened in February 2020. I guess you can imagine how our once successful online travel booking business was affected when our borders closed to tourists. Although a small number of our clients are (were) Australian, it was foreign visitors who accounted for over 90% of our business. And while Australia has done (is doing) a remarkable job in dealing with this pandemic within our own borders, many parts of the world have not been so fortunate. It's clear that even though our own internal state borders may be reopened soon, and our domestic travel restrictions lifted, the Australian government will not be opening our borders to international tourism for a long time after that, in our guess at least - at the very, very least - twelve months.

Forced to look at our travel booking business in a new light, it has not escaped our attention that all of us who had overseas vacations planned - even if they were little more than a far off dream - will, after weeks of isolation, be yearning more than ever to get away… and we will be looking now at destinations here in Australia because… well, because... WE CAN'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE!

But that doesn't mean 'second best'. Australia has got heaps to offer right here in our own backyard. Steve and Maria can book your accommodation, tours and activities all over this wide brown land... rental cars and campervans as well. We've been doing this for thirteen years, and we have built up a wealth of knowledge, not just from our own personal experiences but also from the feedback of literally thousands of happy clients.

IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANY EXTRA!

IF WE BOOK A $200 HOTEL ROOM FOR YOU, THE COST TO YOU IS $200.

A $200 CAR RENTAL? $200.

A $200 SCUBA DIVING CRUISE? YEP... $200.

WE DON'T CHARGE YOU FOR THE SERVICE WE PROVIDE. WE SEARCH FOR THE BEST DEALS, DO ALL THE LEGWORK FOR YOU, MAKE YOUR BOOKINGS AND SEND YOU THE TRAVEL VOUCHERS... BUT WE ARE PAID BY THE HOTEL, RENTAL CAR COMPANY, TOUR OPERATOR... THAT IS, OUR PAYMENT IS DEDUCTED FROM THE PRICE YOU PAY, NOT ADDED TO IT!

When you book through a foreign-owned booking website (you know the ones!) a wad of your hard earned Aussie dollars is sent flying off to a foreign bank account somewhere, never to return. When you have Own Backyard Travel book your holiday for you, your money stays here, supporting Australian jobs. As an Australian business, we pay GST and income tax here in Australia. Our profits are spent in the local community. The result for you is the same. Same hotel, same room, same inclusions, same tour, same rental car, same price. But the flow-on effect is dramatically different.