Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today Jase! What’s it like being a tour guide on one of Australia’s longest haul overland journeys?
I guess it’s more like a lifestyle rather than a job. We’re away from home 20 days at the time, so our family becomes the people that come and travel with us.
Outback or Ocean?
For me the outback. I spent 15 years in the middle of Australia and I loved it! Obviously, I don’t mind being in remote areas and I think the Australian outback is phenomenal. On the other hand, going to places like Cape Le Grand National Park in the South West of Western Australia is amazing too. People are absolutely blown away by it. So, yeah it’s really tough question that one!
Can you explain why they are so blown away by Cape Le Grand National Park?
I guess when people think of Australian beaches they think about the East Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. But when you get down to south coast of Western Australia you get crystal clear water, white powdery sand and kangaroos all over the beach. It’s everything everyone wants when they come to Australia.
Do you remember the first tour you did across the Nullarbor?
It was a long time ago. Don’t tell anyone but when I did my very first tour for Hassie, I’d never even been to Adelaide or Perth! So, I was more excited than the passengers at each place that we went to. Hassie needed a guide because someone was sick and I got the call to come down from the Red Centre if I could help out. I jumped at the chance and no one on the tour actually knew that that I’ve never been to those places! My first thoughts though honestly, I thought it was just magic and wished I had done it sooner.
Why would you encourage people to embark on a trip across the Nullarbor?
A trip like ours gives people a taste of everything Australia has to offer. The plant life, the wildlife, the incredibly diverse scenery. Even for Australian’s it should be in their bucket list because there’s a lot more out there than people realise. A lot of people think it’s just long boring drive but they are so wrong. One of our guides will take you and show you places you never thought were out there. Its really amazing.
What are your absolute top 3 spots in South Australia & Western Australia?
Cape Le Grand near Esperance is going to be number 1. Easy.
Number 2 would be Koonalda Homestead where we camp when we’re going across the Nullarbor. It’s such a unique camping spot and people are always surprised by what a special and unique place it is.
Number 3 for me is Mikkira Station, with the koalas. It is really an amazing feeling when you’re in your swag and a koala is moving from tree to tree and comes right up to your swag for a look!