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Tours by Simon Leake


Meet Simon Leake

Simon, our Director of Science here at SESL Australia founded the business in 1984. As Director of Science, Simon enjoys mentoring the SESL team in the objective application of soil science to solve client problems. Simon is expert in soil/vegetation rehabilitation such as in mine sites and urban renewal projects. He is a Certified Practicing Soil Scientist and expert witness in legal matters related to soil, waste and composting sciences. 

Simon has been published multiple times via the CSIRO including developing, “Soils for Landscape Development”, a practical guide for future development of landscape soil technology and the specification of soil and growing media. Simon is a frequent lecturer to various universities including University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW, University of Sydney, and TAFE Ryde School of Horticulture and Hawkesbury Campus as well as many conferences and professional organisations, giving lectures on urban soil science, turf rootzone soils, tree rootzone management, pedology, soil chemistry, soil management and modification, amelioration, and plant nutrition in Australia and overseas. 

Simon also conducts lectures to hundreds of interest groups, seminars, conferences, TV and radio appearances. Simon is frequently called upon to give advice in radio and television programs having appeared on “Burkes Backyard” several times, radio segments for the ABC more.

Tour Guides

Walk with Simon Leake!

Booking a tour with Simon Leake offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore Australia's greatest landmarks with the most recognised soil scientist in Australia and globally. Simon has played a pivotal role in developing the soil specifications and landscapes for iconic sites such as the Sydney Olympic Park and the Barangaroo Reserve.


His extensive work on major landmarks and fascinating experiences make this walk an unmissable event, whether for educational purposes or personal interest. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to learn from the best in the field.


Sydney Olympic Park Tour

By Simon Leake


Barrangaroo Reserve Tour

By Simon Leake

Tour Info

For further information or to request a personalised tour, please contact Simon's team at

We are committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to walk and learn from Simon, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

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