Sarah Marquis – 500 mile solo trek across Australia

Inspirational Keynote Speaker -

Extreme explorer and adventurer

Travel writer and international bestselling author

European Adventurer of the Year in 2013, nominated Adventurer of the Year in 2014 by National Geographic and named National Geographic Explorer for her 2015 expedition ‘Dropped Into the Wild Corner’

Has walked a distance that more than circumnavigates the earth

Speaking Topics

  • Stretching your limits
  • Being out of your comfort zone
  • Having to be flexible
  • Decrease our footprint on the planet
  • Self-motivation
  • Overcoming obstacles you fear


With a 3 year trek from Siberia to Australia, a member of the exclusive National Geographic Explorers and a 500 mile survivalist trek across The Outback under her belt, extreme walker Sarah Marquis is the perfect person to talk about challenges and overcoming obstacles.

Swiss-born National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis has more than circumnavigated the earth on foot. Her journeys have taken her to some of the world’s most isolated and challenging terrains imaginable.

Sarah Marquis started exploring at the tender age of eight years in her native country of Switzerland. Her first ‘real’ expedition saw her cross Central Anatolia in Turkey on horseback.

Amongst her vast and varied travels, Sarah Marquis includes travelling through Australia and New Zealand. She has also explored South America’s Patagonia, and stayed in Moorea (French Polynesia), being attracted to the latter by the beauty of both the islands and their inhabitants. She has also explored Canada by means of a canoe.

In 2000, Sarah Marquis crossed the United States. She racked up an astonishing 2,260 kilometers in a period of four months and six days, overcoming various obstacles in her journey from the Canadian to the Mexican border.

Two years later Sarah Marquis tackled the Australian outback, walking alone until she saved a dog who, since then, has become her constant companion.

Visiting South America in 2006, she walked from Chile to Peru, crossing Bolivia in the process.
Her route followed the Andes mountains, and she took eight months to complete the 7,000 km journey.

In 2010 Sarah Marquis embarked on a three-year solo walk from Siberia to Australia. This time saw her facing the ferocious winds of the Mongolian Plains and the red tape of the Chinese government.

By 2015 the consummate adventurer felt ready to face her ultimate challenge thus far, i.e. a ‘surviving expedition’ in the harsh Australian outback.

Three months later Sarah Marquis started her journey in the harshest part of the wilderness, covering a distance of 750 km in three months.

Her 2018 tour of Tasmania will see Sarah Marquis making her way through the Tasmanian rainforests.

Her time there will see her closely working with Tasmanian institutions actively facing the challenges of preserving endangered species.

The success of her various expeditions have seen Sarah Marquis named European Adventurer of the Year in 2013, nominated Adventurer of the Year in 2014, and named National Geographic Explorer of the year in 2015.

Besides her love for adventure, Sarah Marquis is also a well-known travel writer and bestselling author with seven books under her belt thus far.

Sarah Marquis’ Background / History

Started exploring at 8 years of age in her native country of Switzerland
First expedition was on horseback at age 17, where she crossed Central Anatolia in Turkey

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

Named National Geographic Explorer for her 2015 expedition Dropped Into The Wild Corner

Speaking Style

Amusing, educational and thought provoking.

Back home in the Swiss Alps after her latest adventure, Sarah Marquis is looking forward to sharing her fantastic stories – there is a book and video on the way.

She is an experienced presenter and has spoken to numerous organizations and corporations including the Olympic Museum, the Co-Op, the Swiss Army, Tetra Laval and Cial Bank.

She takes her audiences on a roller coaster journey through life in the wilderness, deserts and mountain paths; sharing her fears and determination to keep going – drawing in the listener and allowing them to share in her passion for extreme walking and overcoming obstacles.