Getaway presenter, MC & host
Catriona Rowntree is well known as the presenter of the Nine Network’s Getaway program and a passionate Ambassador for Mission Australia.
A multi-talented media figure, polished presenter, assured compere or MC, Catriona will help make your function or event, a very special occasion.
More about Catriona Rowntree:
Catriona studied journalism after working as a researcher with Business Review Weekly, 2GB and Prime Television. In 1991 she moved to FM radio as a newsreader and music lifestyle program host, first in community radio and then with 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 the same year, while working at Triple J, she became host of the network’s children’s live entertainment show What’s Up Doc? Then in its original format of one and a half hours, Catriona went on to become the show’s writer/producer.
In 1996 the Nine Network created the position of reporter for Catriona on Getaway, a travel series offering young people an interesting perspective on the world’s fun travel destinations. Since then Catriona has become a household name not only for her stimulating and informative Getaway reports from around the globe, but also for her appearances in Nine’s special telecasts and live broadcasts, and as fill-in host for Australia’s Funniest Home Videos and the TV Week Logie Awards.
A lover of a good holiday read, Catriona is not just book obsessed but an author herself. In 2006, Catriona celebrated her 10 years on Getaway by publishing her first book Catriona’s Australia: 100 of ‘My Favourite Aussie Locations’. Her second book, A Grandmother’s Wisdom, was released in 2013 and in 2019 she was proud to launch ‘The Best of World Cruising’.
A self-confessed chatterbox, Catriona has dazzled audiences of all sizes as an MC and guest speaker with clients such as Mitre 10, Clarins. A passionate advocate for many charities and foundations, Catriona has also used her powerful and uplifting voice to support many organisations including The Arnott’s Foundation, Mission Australia and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
In 2008, Catriona swapped her Jimmy Choos for R.M. Williams and married Victorian farmer, James Petit. Based in rural Victoria, they live with their two boys, Andrew and Charles, in an historic bluestone homestead atop a sheep station.
Excellent – Catriona was professional and was critical in creating a wonderful night.
-NT Tourism Awards
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
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.