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
Raised in Melbourne, I moved to Queensland in 1975 and 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 my long association with the bush, respecting how all living creatures in this great land are intrinsically linked to one another and their landscapes.
In 2010 I decided on a career change at the youthful age of 54, attending my first Savannah Guides School in Atherton. I joined Oz Tours Safaris and knew I had made the right decision to be part of an organisation of passionate people. I completed my Certificate IV in Tourism (Guiding), Wet Tropics Tour Guide Certification and earned Savannah Guides accreditation. With my partner Winnie I have since developed our own tour business, delivering bushwalking holidays and bird tours. Friends have asked why I don’t retire and go travelling, but being a Tour Guide is my favourite travelling and I can’t imagine retirement!
Hirani Kydd Senior Savannah Guide
I started guiding with Oz Tours Safaris in 2014. I had previously been working as a zookeeper for many years and found myself ready for a change. Guiding was a perfect career side-step as it still involved animals, but I got to see them in the wild!
I spent six seasons touring Cape York and the Gulf Country and absolutely loved it. Being responsible for a bus and twenty people for up to 10 days at a time gave me a great sense of achievement. I hadn’t heard of Savannah Guides when I started, but my Operations Manager suggested I get involved and I haven’t looked back. I love being able to share with, and learn from, so many other like-minded people. These days I take Daintree Rainforest day tours out of Cairns, and also do locum work for Undara Experience, in the Gulf Savannah.
Mark Norman Savannah Guide
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
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 being a Tour Guide in Outback Queensland 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 Tour Guides. Seeing them shine when they get their first round of applause or that one person congratulating them… my job done!