Our Team in Australia


Sam Murray

Australia Country Director

Sam joined Rustic Pathways in 2008 after working in outdoor education for 10 years. He serves as director for both inbound and outbound operations in Australia. With education degrees from La Trobe and Monash universities, Sam’s passion for travel and experiential education inspires him to provide innovative programs for students. He lives near Melbourne with his wife and family.


Tracey Murray

Finance and Administration

Living a fit and active outdoor lifestyle in Australia, Tracey is a passionate surfer who has competed internationally in the World Qualifying Series. Tracey taught in Aussie schools for nearly a decade and is committed to providing the best possible experience for Rustic participants by managing the administration and logistics for all programs throughout Australia.

Alejandro Romero

Australia Country Manager

With a degree in business and tourism management, Alejo has been an integral part of the Rustic Pathways team since 2011. Originally from Colombia, he now lives in Australia where he manages our operations across Australia. With a unique Spanish twist to his new-found Aussie accent, Alejo brings an exciting blend of cultures to our leadership team.

Melanie Ward

Australia Outback Operations Manager

Melanie has been working with Rustic Pathways since 2014 and now manages our Outback Operations. She grew up in the East Kimberley of Western Australia, spending her childhood flying in helicopters, riding horses and wrestling crocodiles. Melanie’s strong leadership skills and adventurous personality make her a wonderful role model for students and an exceptional manager.

Katie Newman

Group Travel Manager

A Brit / American raised in Switzerland, Brunei and the United States, Katie holds a bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida. After four years of backpacking the world, working and traveling, she moved to Melbourne where she now resides. Her passions for adventure, people and wanting to teach others about travel have led her to Rustic Pathways. She has been a Program Leader in Fiji and is now Group Travel Manager for the Australian division.