The Johnny H Story


John HirstIf this is your first visit to us — welcome! My name is Scott Hirst and I am the founder of  Johnny H Adventures.

The concept for Johnny H  was inspired by my grandfather’s brother, John Hirst (pictured).

Born in 1942, John had Down Syndrome. He enjoyed meeting new people and visiting new places, and enthusiastically recounted his adventures to all he met.

John lived during an era when independent travel was not considered suitable for the disabled. In a nod to John’s love of adventure — and with my grandmother’s blessing — we named our program after Johnny.

My father Bruce Hirst — Johnny H Owner and Tour Manager — shares his memories of Johnny HERE.

 

The Johnny H Program


Johnny H Adventures is offered by Pure Traveller — a family-owned and operated business, based primarily in Australia and supporting a global team in the US and New Zealand. Our team members have been travelling for more than 40 years and have more than 30 years’ experience working with people with disabilities.

The program offers a wide variety of social activities, day excursions, and short trips across Australian regions and cities, as well as international tours taking in New Zealand, Asia, Dubai, Europe, Hawaii and the USA.

Pure Traveller operates these specific services under the Johnny H banner. Families and carers are encouraged to check your eligibility for funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Our friendly and knowledgeable team can also answer any questions you may have by calling 1300053001.

Unlike other disability travel agents, Pure Traveller’s Johnny H Adventures is dedicated to mild to moderately disabled travellers. As such, our tours are designed to closely resemble the experiences of mainstream travellers, with support that is specific to the needs of our participants.

Travel with Johnny H is not respite — it’s a first-class ticket to adventure, confidence, and connection.

Social inclusion and connection
Social skills and friendship
Money skills
Time management skills
Self-management skills
Enrichment and engagement
Openness to new environments and experiences
Management of one’s own belongings
Courtesy and respect for others
Tolerance and coping with conflict
NDIS Plan Management Sydney

Johnny H Adventures is not an NDIS registered provider. However, those who have an NDIS Plan that is self-managed or plan-managed can utilise those funds to participate in our activities.

Unlike those whose plans are NDIA-managed, self-managed or plan-managed participants can access a wider range of supports to achieve your goals.

The Johnny H Plan Management service can help you make sense of your NDIS plan and take the stress out of managing your NDIS funds.

Call our trusted team on 1300 053 001 or you can find more information here.

The Johnny H Team

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SCOTT HIRST

Managing Director

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THERESA ARDREY

Johnny’s Place Centre Manager 

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ROY CLADINGBOEL

Operational Support Supervisor

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ANGELA KAGLATZIS

Nepean Community Engagement Manager

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ASH BRAMMER

Day Program Team Leader 

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LISA ROBERTS

Johnny H SLES Academy Facilitator 

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LINDA CALLANDER

Human Resources Manager 

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JANELLE ESTRIECH

General Manager – Client Engagement

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HAYLEY GORELY

Plan Management Administrator

Pure Traveller is a fully accredited Travel Agency and Tour Company which meets all legislative requirements at both state, federal and international levels. ABN: 27 158 560 206.