Melbourne Private Tours is a full service private touring agency, inspired by a thirst to share renowned and hidden corners of Victoria. The vision of Josh Oakes and Susan Healy, MPT was built upon a foundation of creativity and passion for adventure and culinary delights.
From day tours in Melbourne and across Victoria to corporate entertaining, we believe in creating unique experiences with an emphasis on touching, tasting, connecting and learning each step of the way. So let us introduce the team.
Business owner and entrepreneur, travel lover, experience seeker, adventurist, coastal dweller, city worker, keen surfer, backyard cricket champion, and passionate ‘people person’, I have taken all the things I love the most and turned them into my job.
As Founder of MPT Travel and Lifestyle Group I have spent the past eight years turning my passions into a profitable business, creating ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and showcasing Melbourne and other worldwide destinations to our extensive and loyal client base.
An Australian based company, the MPT Travel and Lifestyle Group includes:
· Melbourne Private Tours, offering experiential private day touring in the city and surrounds
· MPT Corporate Events, offering exceptional corporate events and incentives
· MPT Worldwide Journeys, offering enriching worldwide journeys
· MPT Travel Representation, offering innovative tourism product representation and marketing
Since 2006, the business has grown and evolved and now employs an experienced, creative and energetic team with a broad range of skills and expertise in all facets of the travel and lifestyle industries.
The girl whose been everywhere and seen everything… but there is still no place like home. Founder and passionate owner of Melbourne private tours, Suze loves everything that Melbourne has to offer. Good food, good wine and good coffee are all Suze’s forte. There is no Melbournian who knows more about the best restaurants and chefs in town. Ask for a dinner recommendation and she can give you ten. Ask for a coffee and Suze will show you where you can get the best cup in Australia (and we are not joking).
Living by the mantra 'Life is a journey, not a destination', Sam is a seasoned travel professional who has lived and worked across three continents. Sam brings extensive experience to the MPT team and has a strong network within the Asian travel marketplace, coupled with an extraordinary background with luxury travel shows like Luxperience as well as the ILTMs. Sam is a big foodie (and he has the size to show) and has enjoyed many different culinary delights but it has been the experiences while partaking in those meals that have made an impact on him. From the highs of sampling the creations of hatted chefs in Europe, to having celebrity master chefs cooking in front of him on the colonial tramcars in Melbourne to the lows of squatting by the roadside while slurping the best bowl of soup in Asia.
Gareth is a born and bred Melbourne bloke who spent seven years overseas travelling the world and learning the fundamentals of exactly what makes travellers tick. With Gareth’s huge passion for sports, he found Melbourne calling him home whenever a big event was on. (He has been known to fly around the world just to watch his teams play on many occasions) But where else would he want to live other than the sporting capital of the world where it’s all on his doorstep! When not at a sporting event, he loves to get out an about in Melbourne with his mates and find new places to have a meal, beer and watch a band. He loves the relaxed European feel Melbourne dishes up every day of the year.
Bruce is a true Melbourne man who loves to get out and enjoy whatever the city has to offer. On any given day you are likely to find Bruce enjoying some good food and wine in a tasty Melbourne restaurant or dragging his family along to watch his beloved Melbourne Football Club (just don’t mention Collingwood!). Bruce loves his travel and is always keen to swap some travel stories. He also loves the architecture in Melbourne so feel free to start a conversation about the finer points of the Melbourne streetscape – one of the many features that make this city unlike any other in the world. Bruce has been guiding for many years and, as well as hosting guests in his beloved Australia, he’s also led many cultural and academic tours to countries such as China.
Neil has been in the industry for more years than you can count and loves nothing more than showing you the secrets of our marvellous state…the friendly great outdoors man…you will never meet a more knowledgeable or friendly host in all your travels of Australia!
Often referred to by his friends as Dr John, he spent his early years in country Victoria prior to an academic career in tertiary education teaching in the areas of teacher education, physical, sport and outdoor education. Following his recent retirement, John moved into the tourism industry and is delighted to be a member of MPT where he can use his vast array of skills and be part of the professional, dedicated and friendly team. John's major interests are fitness (former fitness adviser at Melbourne Football Club, although he is now an avid Swans supporter), travel, food and enjoying good company. John and his wife Pamela regularly travel overseas as their daughter, Rosie, is based in London. John is also an avid tennis fan, was a driver for the Australian Tennis Open for 10 years and has hosted international tennis players for the past 20 years. John's motto is ‘enjoy today as you do not know what tomorrow may bring.
David is somebody who likes the good things in life – good food, good wine, good sport and a good book. Perhaps that is also why he chooses to live in the food, wine, sport and culture capital of Australia – Melbourne. David has travelled the world extensively but has always managed to find his way back to Melbourne where he has been working as a tour guide for the last ten years. In his spare time David loves to write (he has already published one book). He also works as a volunteer newsreader on community radio where he loves to report on (among other things) the many successes of his beloved Geelong Football Club. Go Cats!
Simon has over 10 years’ experience working in the tourism industry. He has spent his entire life living and working on the Surf Coast in Victoria. An avid traveller, Simon has travelled extensively through Europe and Asia, but always feels most at home in Victoria.
Simon loves his sport and his weekends are usually spent playing tennis or in the crowd supporting his beloved Geelong Football Club. Outside of sport, he enjoys experiencing the great food and wine his home state has to offer.
Peter is a true local, born and raised in Melbourne, with an absolute passion for the city and its surrounds. He spent most of his childhood travelling and exploring his home state of Victoria and loves nothing more than giving his guests this same experience. He enjoys sharing a yarn and having a few laughs, and being a true Melburnian, Peter’s relaxed and knowledgeable style provides guests with historical glimpses that even most locals are not aware of! As a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and a keen Tigers supporter in the AFL, the MCG is Peter’s home away from home in the winter months. In his spare time, Peter loves to get away to his holiday house to relax and unwind, or read, travel, explore and catch up with his family and friends.
Kate is a fun-loving person with a friendly, easy-going nature and no tour goes by where a laugh is not enjoyed! After completing an Advanced Diploma in Tourism, specializing in Tour Guiding, Kate ran her own tour bus business in Geelong for 7 years. Following this she continued to work within the tourism industry for a number of years before returning to her passion, tour guiding. Kate loves to share her knowledge, have a good chat, enjoys driving, and loves that her office is her car and the scenery is constantly changing!
A great day for Kate would be warm weather, time in her garden, playing a game of field hockey, taking a drive in the countryside (lunch included!), and returning home to spend the evening around the fire with family and friends…oh and a nice local cider!