"Australia's Most Travelled Woman", that's the title earned by Catriona Rowntree after more than 16 years at the helm of Australia's favourite travel show Getaway on Channel Nine. Her television career began after completing a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay College, followed by stints researching at BRW, various Sydney newsrooms, and beginning an obsession for Community Radio via putting the news to air and hosting an interview show on FM 915(Rhythm and Jazz).
Catriona auditioned along with 8,000 other hopefuls, for a Reporters job in WonderWorld!, making it into the final 5 girls, but was pipped at the post. Persistence led to victory when Catriona was taken on as a Researcher. After much begging, the following year Catriona was allowed to film one story for the show (Putt Putt Golf, where she donned a safari suit and had a ball, literally) and has been employed on-air ever since. That soon led to hosting What's Up Doc, filmed live on weekends from GTV in Melbourne and after 3 years of sending out resumes to her favourite radio stations, the Community Radio obsession evolved into a paid gig on Triple J radio, hosing the national Weekend Request Show. So began a period of working 7 days a week in 3 states and loving every single second of it. When Catriona stepped into the Hosts seat on WonderWorld!, the hard work had paid off and the golden opportunity to roam the globe for Getaway was offered. Since then Catriona has worked on many other TV projects including the National IQ Test, Funniest Home Videos, Logies Red Carpet Arrivals and The Chopping Block. I
Catriona celebrated her 10 years on Getaway by publishing 'Catriona's Australia: 100 of my favourite Aussie locations' through JDP. In addition to her TV roles, Catriona has been able to utilise her passion for Community work as the Patron of the Arnotts Foundation, Ambassador for OCRF, Mission Australia, Phillip Island Penguins.
Catriona was delighted to honour her husband's role as Chairman of the Geelong Landcare Network by becoming an Australian Landcare Ambassador and she has also become the Ambassador for Year of the Farmer. As a self confessed chatterbox, Catriona is also highly sought after as an MC and host for various events.
Catriona Rowntree is a very popular public speaker the consummate MC - spontaneous, witty and always in control.
Please send on my personal thanks once again. She was incredibly friendly, warm and had a wonderful sense of humour so it was a pleasure working with her.
- Gold Coast Titans