She loves the beach, the bush, fishing and camping. And now well-known Australian TV personality Sofie Formica has joined Campr as our resident family-adventure and eco-travel specialist. Sofie’s stories will be shared on our website and on our YouTube, Facebook and Instagram from this week (w/c June 30).
Coming up first is a visit to the Top End in the wet season. Sofie and her old friend, colleague and Campr host Dean Miller join Northern Territory tour company Ethical Adventures, specialists in small-group travel, and have it all laid on for them. Definitely a tour that would be great for the family, it includes lunch at a secluded swimming hole, a bit of volunteer national-park protection, some incredible views and bush tucker snacks. You won’t believe what they eat!
Look out for other Sofie adventures including a visit to Darwin, where she meets MasterChef’s Rachael Ciesiolka at Rachael’s Seafood Shack, which serves only locally-caught fish and sustainable seafood; and a trip to the Asian-inspired Parat Markets with Deano, where waste is minimised with a no-straws and single-use plastic policy, and visitors BYO not only cups for coffee, but bowls for Laksa as well.
If you’ve watched any Australian (or some American) TV over the past 30 years, you will recognise Sofie’s face. She’s hosted everything from Disney programs to primetime comedy video series. She’s acted in series including Home and Away and Murder She Wrote, and reported for US TV programs Oprah, Extra and cnet.
She has also travelled the world as a presenter for The Great Outdoors and traversed Queensland (with Campr host Dean Miller) for Queensland Weekender and as host of The Great South East.
These days, Sofie is a mum to three teenage children–twins Jack and Jessica, and daughter Emily–and has been married for 25 years to Scott Wilkie. She loves keeping super-fit, so weekends and holidays are often about scuba diving, snorkelling, bush walking and swimming.
Her Campr mission
“I love to travel with my family and our favourite destinations close to home are places like Fraser Island and Heron Island where we can get outside, get in the water and do things as a family,” Sofie said. “I am also very much committed to not ‘destroying what we came to enjoy’, so I’m mindful of finding adventures that sensitive to the environment too.”