About us

Blanco is a Japanese word for “Swing”

Hi ! We are Hiromi and Nick based in Byron Bay Australia who are like kids on a Blanco trying to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle and follow our passions

We think life must be lived as play.
The world is a playground and life is pushing our swings to feel the freedom and be open to simply enjoy life like we all felt when we were kids

BLANCO also translates to WHITE, suggesting that our life is like a white empty clean canvas and it is up to us as individuals of what colors, textures and shapes we want to add to it!

Our mission is to provide unique travel and cultural experiences for the conscious minded individual. We love connecting with local communities true way of life within their natural environment. We aspire to offer an authentic approach of understanding new cultures and sustainable living practices in order to nurture ourselves and our planet.

Hiromi Shibasaki

Hiromi Shibasaki

After graduating from Sophia University in Japan (BA Psychology),she joined the highly competitive leadership training program at GE Capital where she worked for 5 years in various positions such as structured financing, sales, marketing and corporate citizenship.  + Read full profile

Nick Coghlan

Nick Coghlan

Nick grew up by the ocean on the east coast of Australia. From an early age he started surfing and was given scholarships at the High Performance Centre for Surfing. Over his career he has trained under the best coaches within Australia and went on to be a Professional Surfer travelling the world on the ASP World Qualifying Series. + Read Full Profile

What we do

Adventure

We provide meaningful experiences and connections between people and nature, people and the ocean and people with each other. We are inspired and energized by the ocean, nature and the lifestyle it brings and we aspire to share the stoke to empower others through guided surf tours, hiking, waterfall tours and yoga programs.

Catering

We believe that food is medicine. With a clear and clean body, mind, and heart can heal you on every level. We offer catering services, cooking classes and workshops blending our Japanese based intellectual and intuitive macrobiotic approach in every meal we prepare, encouraging fresh, unprocessed, wholesome, local and seasonal produce to optimize nutritional value but still being aesthetically vibrant and pleasing.

Creative Management

Whether you are traveling to Byron Bay for work or pleasure, we are here to assist and act as a “dot connector.” providing logistical “boots on the ground” in local communities. Our work-related services include coordinating events (i.e. concerts, film screenings, product release parties), photo/video shoots, and recruiting/securing local talent. Our travel-related services include curating and coordinating seamless and authentic Australian experiences.

Blog

“SURF SHACKS ” Book Launch Party @ McTavish

It was 2013 when I first met Matt from Venice Beach, California. I was living in the woods of Chiba, in a humble cottage, 100km east of Tokyo where I could be more close to the surf. Matt was visiting Japan on his honeymoon with his wife Courtney. We were introduced...

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How Blanco was born

My passion is connecting people. And it helps when you have a gift or natural talent in being a people person and love meeting new people. Growing up in England, I have experienced and know that language barriers, cultural differences, different backgrounds can be an...

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Photography Credit- Carly Brown, Chrystal Dawn