I 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 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.
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