Travel Scavenger at the Giant's Causeway

What is Travel Scavenger?

Travel Scavenger allows independent, adventurous travellers to discover and book authentic, unique things to do in Sydney and eventually, the whole of Australia.

We aim to be more than a booking service though. We aim to be a resource to help travellers unearth real Aussie experiences, even if that means no bookings required! That’s why we choose to list things like free walking tours as well as free festivals and events!

What’s in a name?

The core idea and driving force behind Travel Scavenger is in our name. We’re travellers and we’re scavengers! That means we like to see things differently, we search for things that others overlook and we see value in the smaller things.

Our goal is to create a website for travellers who also like to go beyond the norm and see their world differently. To do this we’re constantly researching and collaborating with unique, small tour and activity operators throughout Sydney and Australia to bring you the best off-the-beaten-path adventures and tours from truly local operators.

We believe in supporting small tours, local businesses that offer unique, exhilarating experiences. We choose the tours and activities that appear on our site based on these ideals so you can have the confidence that your experience will be truly memorable!

Our group on the Figure 8 Pools day trip with Barefoot Downunder

Our Story

The flame of an idea was initially sparked when I was living abroad in New York. I had found and done so many weird and wonderful things in my 3 years living there. Yet when it came time to leave and I went searching for new weird and wonderful experiences I couldn’t find them!

I soon realised many of those awesome experiences I had had I had heard about through word-of-mouth.

The other problem? I didn’t know exactly what I was searching for. Sure I knew I wanted something exciting, something authentic, something I hadn’t already done! Sadly, however, most travel sites don’t have a “something weird that I haven’t done before” filter.

I expressed my frustration to Zoey (who would later become a Travel Scavenger Research Assistant) who came back with, “Well, why don’t you do something about it.”

So, here we are. Over a year later: an entirely self-funded travel site. I’m continuing to curate a list of truly awesome small, locally owned and operated tours as well as building a database of weird, wonderful and fun local events. I’m also working with some talented tech people to build a search that will help you find what you’re searching for even when you’re not entirely sure what that is so that you never have to miss out.

Stay tuned for more and thanks for taking the adventure with me!

– Abby, Founder (December 2016)

Who are we?

First and foremost, we’re travellers. The idea and founding force behind Travel Scavenger comes from Abby (hello!) and yet, Travel Scavenger is the sum of its parts and those parts include all the friends, family and freelancers who have contributed their knowledge and skills to helping this little start up grow!

Meet the Scavengers

  • Abby
    Abby (Very Sleep-Deprived) Founder

    An Ancient History major with a thing for castles and ruins.

    Favourite Travel Find: Castle Tioram, Scotland

    Greatest Adventure (so far!): caving in Budapest and boogie boarding down rapids in Queenstown

    Next On the List: Trans-Siberian Railway and horse-riding in Mongolia

    Thanks for joining the Travel Scavenger adventure!

  • Pippin the Travel Dog
    Pippin the Travel Dog Unofficial Mascot

    The cutest form of office distraction. He loves digging up the unexpected. 

    Favourite Find: a 3 month old bone

    Greatest Adventure (so far!): Bondi-Bronte cliff top walks

    Next On The List: rolling in the mud and then jumping on the clean sheets



  • Peter
    Peter Business Advisor and Requisite Older Dude

    An entrepreneur with a passion for travel and business.

    Favourite Travel Find: A little pintxo bar in the back streets of San Sebastián – Bar Zeruko

    Greatest Adventure (so far!): Canyoning in the Blue Mountains

    Next on the List: See the Himalayan glaciers

  • Zoey
    Zoey Research Assistant

    A weekend warrior with wild hair trying to see as much of the world as possible and spending as little as possible!

    Favourite Travel Find: Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Harlem, New York

    Greatest Adventure (so far!): Making friends with the locals at Auntie’s pub in Tower, Ireland and getting “locked-in”

    Next On the List: Exploring the fjords of Norway

  • Photography
    Photography courtesy of

    Matthew Alder

    Abby Topperwien

    Jana Van Hummel

    Sonja Van Hummel

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