Meet our Team

Terry Smit

Founder & Managing Director

Hi, as the founder and managing director of Go West Tours, I’m delighted that you’re looking at this page and learning more about our amazing team. I started in travel as a European tour manager in 1997, but my passion for sharing interesting information and good times with people dates back much further. In past lives, I have worked as a swimming pool & spa installer, gas consumption analyst, and mail sorter, so I’m truly grateful that I managed to find and settle in the travel industry. When not working to continuously improve and grow Go West Tours, you might find me on (or nearby) a cricket field, or perhaps enjoying a full-bodied red wine with some friends.


Jess

Reservations Manager

I grew up in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and spent a lot of my childhood visiting the Great Ocean Road on family holidays. I love experiencing new cities and countries, eating out, spending time at the beach, and playing music. I started out as an intern at Go West in 2015 during my second year of university while studying Tourism, Hospitality, and Financial Planning. My role has changed quite a bit since then and I now manage the reservations department with help from our fantastic Go West family.


Daniel

Operations Manager

I grew up in a small country town in NSW. My parents were big travellers and they are definitely the reason that I caught the travel bug at such an early age and it has been a big part of my life ever since. I started with Go West in 2013 as a tour guide and have progressed over time to my current role as operations manager. The things I love about my job are working with the most awesome team of people at Go West, and meeting amazing people from around the world and showing them just how spectacular Australia is.


Dave

Tour Guide & Operations Supervisor

I grew up in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, right near the iconic Puffing Billy Railway. I started as a casual guide at Go West all the way back in 2010! I am now full time and divide my role between operations and guiding work. I have always loved the freedom that this job provides, being out in an amazing office and enjoying the great outdoors, as well as meeting amazing and interesting people from around the globe and sharing stories with them. I have always been interested in sports and the outdoors, I play some social sport (netball–gladiatorial I know) each week, and try and get out and explore on walks and hikes around Melbourne when I can.


Alex

Tour Guide & Operations Supervisor

I grew up in Sydney, Australia. I’ve travelled and lived in many places around the globe but finally settled in beautiful Melbourne two years ago, when I made the switch from being a mechanic to a tour guide for Go West. I haven’t looked back. I love being outdoors, meeting new people from around the world, and showing our guests some amazing Australian sights. I’ve now become part of the operations team, which I also really enjoy. When I’m not at work I am usually planning my next travel adventure, hiking, cycling, swimming, snowboarding, snorkelling, or diving (pretty much anything outdoors).


Ruth

Reservations

I grew up in North Queensland then, at 20 years old, I left for my gap year to work in the ski fields of Canada. Five years and three countries later, I ended up settling in Melbourne and now I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I love the foodie culture – especially the coffee! Since joining the reservations team in August 2018, I have enjoyed talking to people from all around the world and helping them to discover the fantastic natural attractions of Victoria. When I’m not at work, I can be found either wandering around one of Melbourne’s second-hand shops or basking in the sunshine somewhere, ideally with a beer in hand.


Leah

Tour Guide & Marketing Coordinator

I grew up in the Macedon Ranges, just outside Melbourne, and have worked in tourism both in Australia and overseas for the last ten years. Eighteen months ago I made a change from working in an office and joined the Go West team as a tour guide. It has been a fantastic experience – meeting people from all over the world and showing them some amazing locations. In particular, the Great Ocean Road is a special place for me; I used to spend my summer holidays in Torquay when I was younger, and even now on my days off you can find me packing my surfboard and driving down to the coast to catch the waves.


Chris R

Tour Guide

Born: Melbourne, Died: Yet to be determined. I like long walks along the beach, because I can only surf right-hand waves and hate paddling back out, heading to the mountains, riding my bikes, skiing in Japan and drinking single malt scotch. I’ve been with Go West for 9 years! Duties including driving, being a tour guide, and a terrible joke teller. The best thing about working for Go West is watching the smiles on the people’s faces when they discover the wonderful places we take them. When I’m not at work you can find me in bed or out on the trail.


Felix

Tour Guide

I grew up in the blistering heat of Alice Springs, but am well and truly a chilly Melbournian now. I live in Fitzroy, an old suburb in the heart of the city, and love taking advantage of all of the food, drink, art, and good times it has to offer. Guiding with Go West allows me to scratch my ‘country kid’ itch and get out of the city a few times a week. Introducing our guests to Victoria’s stunning landscapes and giving them a taste of the beauty that we locals can sometimes take for granted is such a pleasure and a great reminder of just how lucky we are.


Rachael

Tour Guide

I grew up in Melbourne, but I’ve also lived in Broome, Darwin, Townsville, Nowra, and Sydney. I used to be in the navy and now I am in the army reserves. I’ve been with the Go West team since June 2017. My favourite part of the job is that I get to meet new people every day and I get paid to talk! If I’m not at work, I’m drinking a cup of tea (or wine), catching up on uni assignments, and going hiking or cycling or eating. Heading out on tour is my happy place… I have so much passion, soul, and love for guiding.


Katherine

Tour Guide

Hello! I’m Katherine! I first joined the tourism industry whilst I was studying for my Bachelor of Acting in Perth. I’m an actor… so safe to say I needed another job. I joined the Go West team early in 2018, where I’ve happily been a tour guide all year! When I’m not driving, you’ll find me on stage, eating out in Melbourne, or you might spot me selling 7-11 coffee on TV. I also enjoy rock climbing and giving all of my guests the best experiences possible on tour! ????


Kenshi

Tour Guide

G’day! Kenshi is my name – it’s Japanese. I was born and raised in Fremantle, Western Australia and I have two young boys. I enjoy boxing and drinking… usually in that order! I am a proud Go West tour guide and driver. My favourite part of any tour is conversing with the guests. When I’m not entertaining tourists, I am being a dad and husband or I’m on shift as a firefighter for the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade. I enjoy travelling myself, and I am very excited about helping to make your day on the road with Go West Tours a great one!


Leonie

Tour Guide

I moved from the Netherlands to Melbourne two years ago, after falling in love with both Australia and an Australian man. I feel lucky to have ended up in such a spectacular country! Melbourne is a great city to explore and discover in, and eventually, I turned that hobby into my job and started leading walking tours through its laneways. A few months ago, I started working with Go West and now I’m thrilled to call the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island my “office”. My favourite part of guiding is seeing everyone’s reactions when they see something for the first time – whether it’s a koala, a roo, or a fantastic view!


Yazmin

Tour Guide

I’m Yazmin! Originally I came from an entertainment background – working in theme parks, resorts, and on cruise ships. I grew up in sunny Queensland, but in 2017 I decided to embrace the cold and move to the most vibrant and amazing city of Australia ±—Melbourne. When you join me on tour you can expect lots of stories, sing-alongs, and fun facts about wildlife and the surroundings. I love working for Go West Tours, meeting new people from all over the world, and taking them to some of the most breath-taking parts of Australia.


Sherif

Tour Guide

Sherif is near – Have no fear. Coming from Egypt with experience in tourism of more than 10 years working as Scuba Diving instructor and 10 more as professional musician travelling and performing all over the world. Sherif brings amazing energy to his tours, shares lots of stories about all the sites you’ll visit and will even throw a cheeky performance on his Didgeridoo during the day. Expect a memorable day full of fun and entertainment ????


Tim

Tour Guide

I grew up in the Bayside suburbs of Melbourne and spent most of childhood living and surfing along the southern coastline of Victoria. I have travelled quite extensively, visiting most of the worlds adventure locations and spending majority of my time in Central and South America, where I owned and operated an adventure tour company based in Peru. After returning to Melbourne some 15 years later, I am so stoked to be part of the Go West Crew, to show off my backyard and all its beauty, history and wonderment, it is a privilege and to see the pure excitement on the many faces, makes for an energizing and soul rewarding experience.


Cloe

Tour Guide

I grew up on the Fleurieu Peninsula in SA before my parents moved us across the country to Townsville in Far North QLD. I’ve moved and travelled all over the country since then and have decided to call Melbourne home. I love working for Go West because I get the opportunity to travel the beautiful state of Victoria while I save up to fund my own travel bug. I also enjoy talking to guests from all over the world to get ideas of where I should plan my next adventure. I’ve also either guided or lived in VIC, SA, TAS, QLD, NT + WA so I’m more than happy to share my travel tips with you on your Aussie adventure!


Aaron

Tour Guide

I grew up in Melbourne and first took off overseas when I spent a semester studying abroad in England and this is where my passion for travel was born! I have since travelled to and lived in a few places around the world, most recently spending 2 years living in Canada. In my spare time you can usually find me hiking or chasing light with a camera in my hand. I love working as a tour guide for Go West, being able to adventure to and share the beauty of the places I grew up around with people from all over the world enriches my life!


Gum

Accounts team

Hi, my name is Gum (pronounced Goom). I was born in the Kakuma region of Kenya and spent the first 6 years of my life there. Once arriving in Australia in 2005 with family, we settled in the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne! My favorite things about Melbourne are the plethora of activities available to partake in, the sights to see and the warm and welcoming people. I recently started at Go West Tours in the accounts department and it has been a great experience since day one. I am a full-time student completing a Bachelor of Business and in my time off I enjoy playing basketball, sessions at the gym and unwinding to some 80’s Soul/Jazz music or Afrobeats.


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