Awards

The Tailor/Outback Encounter

2010

  • Outback Encounter’s Flying Food Safari voted as one ofAustralian Traveller Magazine’s “100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences

2009

  • Rated as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth” and “Number ONE in Australia” by National Geographic Adventure USA

2008

  • Awarded the Best Tourism Innovator by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine
  • Listed as part of “The Dream List; 32 Trips of a Lifetime” by Condé Nast USA
  • Finalist in the Australian Travel & Tourism Awards, presented by The Weekend Australian for “Best Tour Operator

2007

  • Featured in “Top 50 Trips of a Lifetime” by National Geographic USA
  • Ute Junker wrote in the Financial Review’s Life & Leisure – Luxury lift out “Drew Kluska single-handedly introduced the concept of luxury holidays to Australia’, says Tim Lapage, United States travel agency Safari Experts. ‘Others have copied it since, but he was the first to offer a new type of outback experience, a level of customisation not seen before”.

2006

  • Awarded a Bronze medal at the South Australian Tourism Award for General Tourism Services
  • Appointed one of the select Australian agents for Virgin Galactic
  • Audi Magazine stated “Outback Encounter has built a reputation providing its clients with individualized travel to destinations often not available through other outlets, making the Virgin connection a perfect match”.
  • Susan Skelly in her article ‘Rites of passage’ that featured in The Bulletin wrote “Kluska understands that there’s a new kind of tourism abroad, and that it relies on maverick expertise. It’s customized, educational, unforgettable”.

2002

  • Recognised as one of the “Top 50 travel experts you need to know world-wide” by Condé Nast Traveller UK
  • Rod Woodburn declared in Qantas Magazine”Drew Kluska is no big-time gambler…but he reckons he’s backing a winner. He’s boldly brought the ‘Out of Africa’ tourism concept to Australia, convinced that luxury bush lodges are the way to showcase our wide brown land to discriminating travelers.”

2001

  • David Herdon wrote in Travel & Leisure USA “Someday, Drew Kluska may be famous as a great Australian explorer – of luxury digs. He has spent the past few years searching for hotels, lodges and even livestock stations that exemplify Australia’s colorful history and character”.


Drew Kluska – Individually

2008

  • Qantas Magazine wrote “When Drew Kluska began promoting luxury remote and regional Australia travel in 1998, there was only a handful of products he could take to the international market. Now his tailored travel company Outback Encounter represents an impressive range of properties and five-star experiences, including the 35 featured in the latest edition of Australia in Style. www.outbackencounter.com”.

2007

  • Received an “Innovators Award” in 2007 by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Australia for “A bespoke portfolio of Australian experiences