I have been a guide for over 20 years in many locations. I began as a kayak guide in the Whitsundays then went to working on overnight and day charter boats. I worked on all types of boats from maxi sailing yachts, hundred year old tall ships and fast motor boats.
More recently I have made Port Douglas my home.I have been here for 5 seasons. My first season here I worked on Sailaway showing people the reef around the Low Islands. For the past 4 seasons I have worked for Back Country Bliss doing all of their tours. In the off seasons I travel to the Philippines were I have established a small tour company renting out motorcycles and kayaks.
I love nature and I love meeting people so being a guide is a perfect fit for me. I get a huge kick out of showing my guests our backyard. I believe a day out with Back Country Bliss should be well managed, informative, have great food, good conversation but most importantly it should be FUN! I believe all our tours achieve this and more
I’ve been interested in the natural world for as long as I can remember. From trying to hide critters caught in a home-made butterfly net from my Mum – to discussing the evolutionary pro’s and con’s of feathered dinosaurs. My interest in wildlife is a fascination that has never left me.
Becoming a guide was a natural progression from years of writing about and photographing the animals of the region. Taking people through Daintree gives me the opportunity to share my love and fascination for the plants and wildlife that can be found no-where else on earth.
If even a little of my passion for the place rubs off, we’re all ensured of a good day out.
I can’t wait to share the experience with you.
I’m born and bred in the Far North Queensland region. After a career in aviation flying all over the country, I traded in my hosty heels for sunscreen and mud maps.
With 3 years of outdoor education studies in High School, I always knew I was destined to work in the tourism industry helping guests from all over the world enjoy my favourite pastime activities. I am very lucky to have grown up with the FNQ environment as my backyard, and I absolutely love showing off our region to visitors.
My favourite tour at Back Country Bliss is the River Drift Snorkel – the best way to experience the rainforest is definitely to float through it! My favourite spot in the Daintree is Noah Beach, the ruggedness of it makes me feel like I’m on a deserted island. You’ll find me in or on the water, somewhere in the Far North.
Born on the tropical island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Will has always lived in the tropics. His love of wild and extreme places has led him to travel to many diverse and biodiverse places of the world, in search of natural beauty and fascinating animals and culture.
He settled in Tropical North queensland because it allows him to experience wild places through various activities including; hang gliding, mountain biking, kayaking, bush walking and scuba diving.
Will has lived in the area for seventeen years and his involvement in a number of environmental organisations including: Wildlife Rescue and Low Isles Preservation Society (volounteer ranger) has contributed to his knowledge of the area.
After working as both a primary and high school science teacher for most of his time in the Douglas Shire, he found that introducing new visitors to the place he loves is the best way to share his passion for this area.
Owner of Back Country Bliss Adventures
I worked with Fish and aquariums in Melbourne and Adelaide for many years. This was followed by a stint in London working in the education department in The London Aquarium. After many years of travelling and working I thought I’d try out guiding.
I applied for a tour guide Job in Central Australia in 2010, after an intense month of training, I began to take tourists out to Uluru and Kings Canyon on 3 Day tours, eventually running 7-10 day tours the entire length of the Stuart Hwy (Adelaide to Darwin).
After the outback I changed it all up and moved to Cairns to run Day tours up to Cape Tribulation from Cairns. This was followed by many alternating seasons between 7 day tours around Tasmania in the Summer, mixed with Winters in Alice Springs. So much hiking was possible!
The River Drift Snorkelling Tour is my absolute favourite. It has to be as I worked with Freshwater fish and aquariums for so many years, now I get to swim in the most epic natural aquarium possible.