About Us

There is no such thing as a great holiday unless you share it with great people, right? At Mates’ Escapes, we believe nothing brings people together like quality travel experiences and that lifelong memories are best made exploring the world with friends. Whether it’s attending the best sporting events, embarking on an adventure or playing your favourite sport, Mates’ Escapes takes the hassle out of organising a trip away with friends, so that you can enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Why Choose Us?

As a fully independent travel company, we enjoy the freedom to source and build unforgettable itineraries from across Australia and around the globe. We specialise in providing events, sports and adventure-based travel experiences.

We are proudly Australian owned and operated, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and hold the travel industry’s benchmark for quality, the ATAS certification.


What would you like to do?


Our Play travel packages have been designed for those seeking a sporting holiday.

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Our See travel packages provide the opportunity to attend some of the world’s best sporting events.

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Our Go travel packages allow you to be an active participant in an adventure, expedition or occasion.

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Behind the scenes

After spending the first few decades of his life growing up in the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays followed by many years of travelling, living and working overseas, Mates’ Escapes co-founder Paul Schultz was always destined to have his own travel company.

Reflecting on his own travel experiences, Paul recognised that the main difference between a great trip versus a fantastic trip, was the people you were with. No better way to travel the world than with friends! With this in mind and a keen interest in major events, sports and adventure, Paul seized on an opportunity to build his own travel company, Mates’ Escapes.


Signature of Paul Schultz

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why choose Mates’ Escapes?

    Mates’ Escapes is a fully independent travel company that exists to bring you and your friends forward thinking ideas and leading event and activity based travel experiences throughout Australia and the world. Our preferred partners have all been carefully selected via our strict due diligence process to ensure you receive a high quality travel experience.


  • Is Mates’ Escapes a member of any travel industry body?

    Yes, we are fully licensed through the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), Member number 12456. Mates’ Escapes is also an approved participant in the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS), an industry accreditation scheme that sets the benchmark of quality for the travel industry. Our ATAS participant number is A12312.


  • Can I alter an existing package or request something else to suit my needs?

    Yes, we understand one size does not fit all so we can and do customise all of our packages to suit your individual requirements. We also have capability to construct most travel requests we receive. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


  • What payment options do you have?

    Each customer can pay their deposit and final instalments by either Electronic Funds Transfer, Cheque or Credit Card. Each group lead will receive an invoice(s) outlining costs, reference number and payment instructions.


  • With regard to your events packages, can I purchase the tickets only?

    No, the tickets are apart of an all inclusive package and cannot be purchased separately.

  • Are flights and pre-paid taxes included in your packages?

    Unless stated otherwise, no. However, we can add flights to any of our travel packages so please just ask us.

  • Do I require a valid passport and visa?

    For the most up to date passport and visa requirements visit www.smartraveller.gov.au

  • Do I require travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is not mandatory to purchase a Mates’ Escapes travel experience. However we strongly recommend everyone take out travel insurance with any domestic or international travel packages. Ask one of our consultants and they can help with finding the right policy for you.

ATAS Travel Accredited and Australian Federation of Travel Agents

We're proudly ATAS travel accredited and a part of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.

AFTA Membership No. 12456 ATAS Accreditation No. A12312