Backpacker Tours was founded in 1999.

The first incarnation of the Backpacker Tours platform was built by digital marketing expert and Internet innovator, Matthew Bennell.

Enigma Concepts logo – circa 2000

Matthew Bennell – also the founder of Enigma Concepts – was an early-adopter of web technologies. Based in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast,Backpacker Tours was nurtured into a market leading platform for backpackers in Australia.

Backpacker Tours in August 2000

Backpacker Tours – August 2000

Backpacker Tours was a staple during the industry’s peak during the early 2000’s. Travel packages and adventure tours were sold to thousands of working holiday makers throughout Australia. (Backpacker Tours in 2000 via Internet Archive)

Backpacker Tours in March 2005

Backpacker Tours in March 2005

Backpacker Tours was the first of its kind and dominated the backpacker travel and tours market online.

Backpacker Tours in May 2015

Backpacker Tours in May 2015 was acquired in August 2019 by Five Bees Media Pty Ltd (ABN: 70 631 879 546).

Backpacker Tours redesign in 2022

Backpacker Tours is currently welcoming new tour operators to join our listings directory. You can contact us here.

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