Jess Taunton

Jess leads the team at Navigate Expeditions; she is responsible for overseeing all operations. She has worked as a photography guide, managed one of Australia’s most luxury all inclusive lodges, Swell Lodge on Christmas Island and sailed the North West Passage on a 29ft junk-rig.

She started her career in the outdoor education industry working with Southbound Adventures and ZAccess Adventures with qualifications and experience in climbing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, abseiling, mountain biking and other outdoor activities.

She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Anthropology after doing an internship in a remote indigenous community in Central Australia. More recently, she part owned and operated Chris Bray Photography, a tour company specialising in taking small groups of photographers all over the world, to photograph amazing wildlife and natural scenery and stay in some of the most unique lodges of the world. Travelling to Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Patagonia, Alaska, Galapagos, Kenya and many Australian destinations. Before relocating to the Sapphire Coast she was one of the owners of Swell Lodge an all inclusive luxury eco-lodge inside Christmas Island National Park where she contributed to everything from the start up, building, managing, guiding and cleaning of the lodge.

She’s an adventurer at heart having sailed a 29ft junk rig yacht through the Northwest Passage and having done many bike touring journeys through New Zealand and Australia, last winter cycling from Kalaru to Brisbane on a tandem bike.

Jess brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor guiding and tourism to Navigate Expeditions. She loves nothing more than being in nature, meeting like minded people and eating white chocolate.