Best known as 'Australia's most travelled woman', Catriona Rowntree was for 17 years the presenter of the Nine Network's Getaway, Australia's favourite travel program. Catriona studied journalism after working as a researcher with Business Review Weekly, 2GB and Prime Television, and in 1991 moved to FM radio as a newsreader and music and lifestyle program host, first in community radio and then with the ABC youth FM radio station, Triple J, for which she presented until 1996.
In 1992, Catriona was hired as a researcher for the Nine Network's series Wonder World!, graduating to the position of reporter the following year and host in 1994. In that same year, whilst still working at Triple J, she also became host of the network's children's live entertainment show, What’s Up Doc? Catriona went on to become the show's writer and producer.
In 1996, Catriona joined the team on Getaway, a travel series offering young people an interesting perspective on the world's most exciting travel destinations. Since then Catriona has become a household name not only for her stimulating and informative Getaway reports from around the globe but for her appearances in Nine's special telecasts and live broadcasts including the National IQ Test, Australia's Funniest Home Videos, The Chopping Block and the Logies Red Carpet Arrivals. In 2006, Catriona celebrated her 10 years on Getaway with the publication of Catriona's Australia: 100 of my favourite Aussie locations (JDP).
Catriona is also a Patron of the Arnotts Foundation, and Ambassador for OCRF, Mission Australia, Phillip Island Penguins, Australian Landcare, and Year of the Farmer (2012).
The consummate MC and a very popular public speaker, Catriona is spontaneous, witty and always in control.
Client Comments for Catriona Rowntree
- Catriona was fantastic. She really lit up the room and was so personable.
- Catriona was an excellent MC/facilitator. She was engaging, warm, professional, and exciting. The attendees loved her. She even stayed back and spoke to attendees and was willing to take photographs with them. The best MC/facilitator I have ever had!
Moonee Valley City Council
- Catriona was amazing! She is such a beautiful speaker - so much life and spontaneity. She mingled so beautifully with our guests and everyone was just mesmerised by her.
Hamilton Island Enterprises
- Identified with audience, created immediate rapport, they loved her. Very professional, slick, yet light when needed to be. I would definitely use her services again.
Errol Jones Productions Pty Ltd, NSW
- Catriona's professionalism made for an excellent event.
The ARC Factory
- Catriona was fantastic, as she always is. Very dedicated, enthusiastic and always knows what to say.
Dolly Magazine, NSW
- Extremely professional, wonderful freshness, just what we were after. Catriona lived up to our expectations and more.
Myer Grace Bros, NSW
- Holding the National Travel Industry Awards on the day Ansett stopped flying was a testing day for all involved. Catriona's performance was outstanding given the last-minute script changes we were faced with. Her personality certainly shone through and she was a major factor in lifting the mood of the audience from subdued to 'party'.
Multimedia Creations Pty Ltd
- Ms Catriona Rowntree was sensational. Our audience loved her; they said she was the BEST MC they have ever had. She was easy to work with, a total professional, flexible and interested in the evening. Everyone had a great time and she made our lives very pleasurable.
- Catriona was a sensation as an MC. She brought the HM awards alive and embraced the event and the audience with such enthusiasm and fresh vitality. A truly professional and motivating performance - but then I expected nothing less from her! We would welcome an encore performance from Catriona next year.
National Publishing Group
- Catriona Rowntree was sensational!
- Catriona was a sensation and perfectly prepared and dressed for the 70's theme of this year's 10th Annual ALIA - Australian Liquor Industry Awards. There were close to 800 people in attendance and the attendees were very loud and in a celebratory mood, to say the least. Catriona handled them very well as it would have been a difficult room to work. They really loved her and here at NPG she is very much our favourite. 100% entertaining, 100% professional and 100% gorgeous. We couldn't recommend her more.
Annual Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA)
- Host and Compere
- Success is Positively Attractive
"I am very happy with the level of service I received and honestly can't think of how to improve on what was a great experience with Saxton."
Australian Glass & Glazing Association Inc.
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