Tour Guide and Principal Ecologist
Take some time and you will see that Craig is more than just South West Queensland’s walking natural history guide, as he is known around these parts. In addition to being an ecological encyclopaedia, Craig is a huge fan of the Brisbane Broncos. Rivaling his love for the Broncos is that which he feels toward snails. From boyhood, Craig has had an inexplicable fascination with snails and is even credited for the discovery of a number of new species. Just ask him about the ones with fuzzy noses, if you dare. Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Craig might be most surprised to learn that he plays the didgeridoo and enjoys listening to heavy metal on long drives. Fear not, we don’t play any music which is out of favour with our tour-goers!
Tour Guide and Senior Ecologist
Richard is a big proponent of opportunistic napping and never wastes an opportunity to take one, but how can you blame a guy who has lived in over 5 countries? Richard moved from England to Zambia around the age of 9 and will tell you that it was a great place to be a kid. He remembers being warned against trying to catch monkeys and deciding to go for venomous snakes instead. Eventually he landed in Australia where he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding local flora, fauna, and the region’s natural history. Like Craig, Richard once fancied a bit of heavy metal (namely Black Sabbath) however these days his playlist features more blues and Baroque.
Tour Guide and “Wallaroo” Owner
Justin together with his wife Pauline and 3 young children are lucky enough to call “Wallaroo” home, a 71 000 acre cattle property located in the foothills of the Carnarvon Ranges. In earlier days Justin worked as an accountant both in Australia and the UK, and spent his spare time travelling around Europe, Russia and Africa. These days however he much prefers to chase around after kids and cows. If given the opportunity, Justin follows all sports. He loves talking politics and if the cattle and tourism venture falls over, he’s going to try his hand at being the Prime Minister of Australia. Justin does not tolerate heavy metal but prefers to jive across the dance floor to classic 80’s hits.
Tour Guide and Business Manager
Meryl has a long history in the local community, and a strong farming and natural resource management background. Jack of all trades, Meryl is friendly and accommodating and will help make your experience one to remember! She loves horses, used to show cattle and managers their grazing farming property north of Roma. Meryl is able to fix a fence, change a tyre, brand cattle and in her youth would run rings around most on a sporting field. Meryl is also heavily involved with the local community, setting up the charitable not-for-profit Maranoa Wildlife Caring & Education Centre and initiating a local Junior Touch Football Competition. Interestingly enough, Meryl is not a fan of heavy metal.
Tour Guide and Fauna Spotter Catcher
Ella has always had a passion for Australia’s native wildlife and loves to get out and explore the great outdoors. Whether by 4WD, dirt bike, horseback, or foot, Ella takes every opportunity to get out and find an adventure. Her travels have taken her to many exciting places; one of her favourites was in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory where she drove 85 tonne dump trucks during the construction of the tailings dams, explored Arnhem land, and learned about aboriginal culture at every opportunity.
Tour Guide and Botanist
Rose is a local gal whose love of plants is a fire that was lit at a very young age. In fact her mother will confirm that Rose’s first multisyllabic word was Eremophila, the scientific name for Emu Bush. You may recognize her bright smile from an episode of ABC’s Gardening Australia, which featured her parents’ garden many moons ago. At some point during her tweens it occurred to Rose that learning the Latin names of various gum trees was not a common pastime among her peers and that she must follow her destiny to become a Botanist! Another of her passions includes Geology, which makes her a great match for her partner who is a professional opal miner and cutter. Her favorite animal of the moment is the Rough-throated Leaf-tailed Gecko, which she rates as the Coolest. Lizard. EVER.
To be a cow on Deb’s property is to have a great life, just ask Chocolate, Cherry, Vanilla, Fudge, Caramel, Creamy, or Baby. And if you didn’t infer from the names of her cows, Deb has a bit of a sweet tooth; if ever you can’t track her down, just ring the nearest Max Brenner and ask for the woman enjoying the chocolate waffle. However, if she isn’t satisfying a chocolate craving, you might check her garden where she is often found pruning her lovely wattles, unless either the Broncos or Cowboys are playing in which case she’ll be supporting her favourite Queenslanders! In the off chance that you’ve found her in a bad mood, just pop in the 80’s classics or encourage her to get organised and you’ll find she’ll snap right out of it! She also enjoys reminiscing about the holiday spent with her family in Italy and contemplating the next one!