Meet Some Members

Savannah Guides has a broad membership, including

  • Tour Guides at various levels and from many parts of Australia
  • Tourism Business Owners, both accredited and Friends
  • Researchers, bird watchers and community members
  • Government Departments, National Parks agencies, Tourism Organisations and other partners

See our Corporate Partners on our home page, browse our Tour and Attraction operators and meet some of our individual members here:

Steve Grainger Senior Savannah Guide

IMG_3440Steve was raised in Melbourne and moved to Queensland in 1975 where he served 21 years with the Queensland Police Service in North Queensland outback towns. Being born the son of a rabbit hunter was the start of what has become a long association with the bush.  His father taught him a deep respect for all living creatures and that the people of this great land are intrinsically linked to one another, to the landscapes, to the flora and fauna and to their cultural backgrounds.  

 In 2010 Steve decided on a career change at the youthful age of 54. He attend his first Savannah Guides School in Atherton.  Steve’s interest then rolled onto another School in Darwin and Enrolment in the Certificate IV for Tourism (Guiding).  He joined Oz Tours Safaris and knew then that he had made the right decision to be part of an organisation of passionate people.  Tour Guiding is what Steve wanted to do! 

 Steve completed his Certificate IV in Tourism (Guiding), The Wet Tropics World Heritage Certification and earned Savannah Guides Roving Interpreter level. Steve and his partner Winnie have since developed their own tour business, delivering bushwalking holidays.  Friends have asked why Steve doesn’t retire and go travelling?  Steve says, “Being a Tour Guide is travelling and I can’t imagine retirement!”

Rohana Bell Savannah Guide

Rohana BellRohana has been a Tour Guide at Capricorn Caves since February 2012. This is her first job as a Tour Guide.  Prior to this she was a dental assistant.  Outdoor Recreation is also a large part of what Rohana does at Capricorn Caves.  This includes Abseiling, Adventure Caving, High Ropes Challenges and Climbing.  Most of these activities involve plenty of rope work which takes extensive training but now that she is qualified she enjoys sending people over cliffs! 

Rohana’s goals are to always strive to improve herself and learn more about the environment.  One of her favourite experiences would have to be the Savannah Guides School in Chillagoe, and the wild adventure caving which took her way out of her comfort zone.  She learned a lot from that Guide School and met lots of great people as well.

 

 

Rick Edwards Senior Savannah Guide

Rick EdwardsI started guiding with Oz Tours Safaris after my Heritage and Interpretive Tourism course at Cairns TAFE in 1996. I was accredited at the Cape York School in 2007 and became  Senior Savannah Guide in 2013.  I am the Operations Manager at Oz Tours Safaris and Vice-President of Savannah Guides.  I have been privileged to meet and work with some great people over the years including birders John Young and Chris Doughty, APT Cape York, Bill Peach’s Air Cruising, Contiki Tours, Japanese Photographic Tours.  It has been a great journey and I am looking forward to a lot more.  I also enjoy Savannah Guide Schools and I love a cold beer!

 

 

Mark Norman Savannah Guide

IMG_20160117_154228 (2)I have been guiding since 2002, after completing a Certificate IV in Natural and Cultural Heritage. In 2003 I became accredited with Savannah Guides, and have enjoyed a varied and extremely fulfilling career ever since. My area of expertise is mainly the landscape, wildlife, history and ecology of Northern Australia. I have guided a wide range of areas, from Cape York Peninsula, Gulf of Carpentaria, Daintree Wet Tropics, Fraser Island and the Proserpine river. My home is the beautiful Whitsunday region, where I live with my wife and two daughters, and spend most of my time conducting specialized crocodile tours on the Proserpine River and adjoining Goorganga Floodplain. I gain great satisfaction from sharing my passion for the Australian bush and its amazing wildlife, and strive to encapsulate the true essence of Australia’s bush heritage. Although I have a strong interest in most areas of wildlife guiding, my main focus has been working alongside the mighty Saltwater Crocodile, and showcasing the animal in its wild habitat.

 

 

Trish Sloan Savannah Guide

Tricky My goal in life is to give people a wonderful insight to Australia’s treasures. The history, flora and fauna is so precious and to interpret this to all the visitors is the best pleasure in the world. I feel privileged to be a Savannah Guide, spending time with like-minded people just ignites my passion in Australian Natural History. I’ve gone from a Tour Guide in Outback Qld to the Operations Manager for the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. I now develop tours, employ, train and mentor all the Tour Guides. My greatest reward is to mentor employees to find their confidence to become a Tour Guide. Seeing them shine when they get their first round of applause or that one person congratulating them… my job done!