About Navigate Expeditions

Bringing together careers in ecotourism, outdoor education and environmental science, the team at Navigate Expeditions are formulating a new way to experience the outdoors and our natural environments through immersive nature based experiences that give back.

Impacts of humans are evident in every corner of the word, from the highest peaks of the Himalayas, to the depths of the ocean, the poles and in most remote terrestrial environments.

Navigate Expeditions offers an immersive, regenerative travel experience for the environmentally conscious traveller. When leaving one of our tours you will look back and see a positive impact that you and your co-travellers have had. You will leave with a feeling of achievement and satisfaction that you’ve travelled and left the environment in a better place than when you arrived.

Navigate Expeditions give you the opportunity to;

  • Plant trees, restoring carbon sinks and creating habitat linkages
  • Remove plastic from remote beaches – plastic that would otherwise impact marine fauna – often fatally
  • Recycle plastic waste, processing waste resources into functional items
  • Contribute to data collection for research projects
  • Participate in permaculture projects, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by using local resources and growing food
  • Meet traditional land owners and learn how the land was looked after for millennia
  • And many more, we are always looking for new ways for our tours to positively connect and improve with the environments we love.

But it’s not all work! Each day, you will be taken on professionally guided nature-based experiences. Our goal is to achieve the perfect balance of regenerative & conservation-minded projects to get your hands dirty, and fully immersive, nature-based experiences that will get you ‘off the beaten track’.

Our Guides

All our guides are passionate about giving our guests the very best nature-based travel experience on the South Coast of NSW. Our guides are professionals who have been working in the outdoor guiding industry for over a decade. They each have their current first-aid certificate, driver’s license and working with children check. 

Jess Taunton


Jess leads the team at Navigate Expeditions and oversees all of its operations. She has a diverse background, having worked in the outdoor education industry, managed a luxury eco-lodge, and sailed the Northwest Passage on a 29ft yacht. Jess also co-owned and operated Chris Bray Photography, a tour company specialising in wildlife and nature photography. She brings extensive experience in outdoor guiding and tourism to Navigate Expeditions and has a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Anthropology. Jess is an adventurer at heart and enjoys being in nature, meeting like-minded people, and indulging in white chocolate.

Expert Kayak Guide Johan Ras

Johan Ras


Johan has over 25 years of experience as a Senior Head Guide, National Parks Ranger, and photographic safari guide. He is passionate about conservation, ecology, and photography. Johan is a remote area firefighter and is qualified in First Aid and CPR. He loves challenges, good food, and exploring remote locations, and is eager to guide you on your next adventure with Navigate Expeditions.

Grant Woodbridge


Grant has joined Navigate Expeditions after a long career as a Ranger with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. He was involved in setting up the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, which reintroduced many locally extinct species, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the reserve with visitors. Grant is also interested in Indigenous and European Cultural Heritage on the Sapphire Coast. Having recently moved to the area, he looks forward to spending time with Navigate Expedition guests on guided walks through the spectacular National Parks in South East New South Wales.

David Winkworth


David has joined Navigate Expeditions with a lifetime of experience in the outdoors. He began exploring the Australian bush and rivers as a boy and went on to have a long career as a District Fisheries Officer, which brought him to the South Coast in the early 1980s. David gained his Senior Sea Kayaking Instructor rating and has taught, paddled and lectured all over Australia and New Zealand. He guided school students on coastal sea kayaking expeditions and is passionate about showing people the stunning South Coast rivers and bush. In addition to paddling and bushwalking, David loves spending time on deserted beaches or river banks with a steaming hot mug of tea.

Pat Guinane


Pat has been an outdoor adventure guide for over 20 years and for much of this time operated the commercial adventure company Z Access Adventures, specialising in vertical adventure sports including Caving, Rock-climbing and Canyoning. He also ran Bushwalking and adventure camp activities programmes and worked as a Wilderness First Responder Instructor for several years teaching wilderness first aid to adventure guides that worked all over the world.

Melinda Ras


Melinda has over 20 years of experience as an Outdoor Educator/leader, working for companies such as ‘Go Ride a wave’ and Aussie Action Abroad. She has a degree in Outdoor education and has worked with private schools as an outdoor education leader. Melinda is passionate about exploring the outdoors and has paddled kayaks and outriggers internationally.