Best known as 'Australia's most travelled woman', Catriona Rowntree has been the presenter of Australia's favourite travel program, the Nine Network's Getaway, for over 20 years.
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). Her second book, The Best of World Cruising, was published in 2019 by Hardie Grant.
In addition to her TV roles, Catriona has been able to utilise her passion for community work as the Patron of the Arnotts Foundation, and Ambassador for OCRF, Mission Australia, Phillip Island Penguins, Australian Landcare, and the Year of the Farmer in 2012.
Catriona has a combined audience on social media of over 50,000 engaged followers and is an ambassador for Nature’ s Way Vitamins and Travelcard travel insurance.
A self-confessed chatterbox, Catriona is a highly sought-after public speaker and MC - spontaneous, witty and always in control, she leaves every room engaged and entertained!
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.
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.
Catriona Rowntree hosts the Saxton Ultimate Event Experience AIME 2010
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. ... keep reading Errol Jones Productions Pty Ltd, NSW
Extremely professional, wonderful freshness, just what we were after. Catriona lived up to our expectations and more.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Catriona was a delight and engaged with everyone in the room to make ours a fantastic awards night. Catriona treated our awards with respect but still made it a fun and entertaining event for all who attended.
From the moment Catriona stepped into town she was accommodating, polite and easy to deal with. She was open and willing to talk to anyone, mingle, get photos etc. Her speech at the event was insightful, intriguing, motivating, humorous and most importantly she was very 'real'. Everyone in the audience could relate to her in some way. We would highly recommend her as a speaker to anyone of any age, any gender and any industry.
Catriona was engaging, intriguing, charismatic, charming, insightful, hilarious and most importantly related to everyone in the audience in some manner. We have overwhelmingly positive feedback from everyone at the event. She was humble, polite, accommodating and was just such a pleasure to have.
Catriona was great in getting into the audience and making the night her own.