Aussie Drifterz

Aussie Drifterz

 Aussie DrifterzI did the Aussie Drifters tour out of curiosity because I wanted to see why Peter rated so high on Trip Advisor. I was meant to be incognito but Peter had done his research and knew I ran tours. He asked me about my tours to Cooktown, Chillagoe and the Outback but I got no special treatment (as it should be).

The adventure began south of Cairns in an area that only locals would know about and reminded me of the Bloomfield Track. I certainly couldn’t complain about the cost considering the limited numbers and overheads. The day was rainy and although everybody was going to get wet anyway, Peter probably made appropriate adjustments because I saw snorkelling gear in his raft that we never got to use. There were just 7 of us (I think the limit may be about 10) and it became like a team building exercise  with individuals able to have conversations as we all drifted down the river. I would imagine that Peter would have to be very aware of the weather pattern and it must make future bookings difficult during the wet season.

Peter is a likable character with good people skills who began Aussie Drifterz  6 years ago and gives a nice feel of safety in the Aussie Drifterz way he handles his guests. There was nothing scary or dangerous about the experience, but Peter was aware that a person could drown in a teacup and after making a mental assessment of everybody’s capabilities, shared his time and attention accordingly while also being polite and listening to everybody’s stories.

All in all, from my limited expositor to this tour, I felt that the tour was not just tubing but was also a genuine Aussie Experience for the uninitiated.

To learn more, have a look at the Perentie Tours home page


About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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