A captivating tale of a boy destined to see the world, become obsessed with adventure, and start an eco adventure tour company that does good for the planet.
WAM! is a story that started with a young boy whose destiny changed when his parents opened up a guesthouse in the family home.
It taught the boy many things; how to provide exceptional hospitality, what different nationalities from around the world liked and disliked, and that there was a big world out there to explore. All while spending endless hours on adventures in the local countryside.
The first opportunity after the boy finished school he went off to travel and see the world. When he ran out of money he began working in tourism so he could continue travelling, working and living in different countries.
And so this continued for 15 years, around the world to 75 countries and counting. From tour guiding in the sun, snow, wind, and rain, developing new tours, to promoting and marketing tour companies, all the time seeing and understanding different types of tours, different styles of delivering an experience. Watching, experiencing, learning, waiting…
One day whilst working as a tour guide at La Tomatina, a tomato festival in Spain, he met Shanti, a half Balinese, half Australian beautiful soul who turned out to be the love of his life leading to a magical wedding in Bali and a new life in Australia living in one of the world’s most liveable and loveable places, Melbourne, Victoria. And so a new chapter began working in tourism to become completely immersed in all the wonderful sights and experiences that Melbourne and Victoria have to offer. A move to the Mornington Peninsula added to an addiction to explore and respect nature on an adventure in this very special place and show the world the best of it.
So what did this journey through tourism all lead to? To discover a new type of adventure tour company, with small group adventures that are fascinating and fun, tours that show you hidden gems that only locals know. Days out that don’t mean you are stuck in a vehicle all day but still take you along spectacular drives. Tours that are adventurous, active and teach you new skills. Tours that are good for the environment, support the community and taste amazing. And an adventure that connects you with nature and the destination you’re visiting in a way that will amaze you…
“The eco-adventurer advocating regenerative tourism”
– Inside Small Business
Today, our biggest passion is designing and delivering spectacular eco adventure tours on the Mornington Peninsula and in Melbourne’s wilderness. We see it as our craft to create truly special experiences that shows people unexpected joys amongst nature that give lasting memories.
Watching, experiencing, learning, waiting… we might just have crafted an experience like no other.
We can’t wait to welcome you on an adventure soon.
Nic ‘Coops’ and Shanti
Customers: we show the maximum amount of care to our customers and do everything to make sure you have a safe and highly enjoyable experience. Active: All of our tours are active and adventurous so you can keep a healthy mind and body whilst seeing amazing sights & scenery. Respect: We respect the environment and community we work in, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, waters and seas where we operate, and we pay our respects to Elders, past, present, and future. Eco-friendly: Our tours are eco-friendly, we operate our tours with sub zero waste and are a progressive, sustainably-conscious company.
About Nic Cooper
A passionate and experienced professional adventure guide
Qualified SUP Flat Water Instructor with Surfing Australia
Qualified Mountain Biking Foundation Instructor with AusCycling
Obtained Australia’s first qualification in Innovation & Productivity with Box Hill Institute
Certified Fitness Instructor with Australian College of Sport & Fitness