Our team of tour guides are all highly trained, knowledgeable, attentive and professional individuals who are committed to providing the highest possible standard of customer service. We regard our guides as the backbone of the company. Their knowledge of the local culture and environment, their attention to safety and their ability to make sure everyone in the group has a fantastic holiday has been paramount to our continued success.
Hugh is an award winning tour guide who worked as Venture North's leading guide for many years before taking over the business with his brother, Aaron. Hugh's qualifications include a Diploma of Tourism, specialising in Eco-tourism, from the William Angliss Institute as well as other industry based credentials. Our guests love Hugh's natural and easy going nature, thirst for knowledge and sense of humour. Today, Hugh has a number of roles including skipper and manager of Cobourg Coastal Camp while also taking guiding 4WD tours throughout the Top End and Kimberley.
Aaron grew up in rural Victoria and studied in Melbourne; completing a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT. With a passion for the outdoors, and experience as a park ranger, Aaron made the permanent move to Darwin in 2009 to run Venture North with his brother, Hugh. Today Aaron is based in Darwin and managers the day-to-day operations and marketing of the company. When he's not working you'll find him out bush exploring new area's of the NT, often with a fishing rod in his hand!
Dave spends most of his time on the road during the dry-season, guiding holidaymakers throughout Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Cobourg Peninsula and more recently the Kimberley. Dave is well known for his passion and infectious enthusiasm. His extensive knowledge of Northern Australia’s heritage, geology, nature and Aboriginal culture sees him at the top of his field. Previously a qualified chef, his gourmet bush meals are an added highlight to each safari.
Kelda has been guiding throughout the NT for over 5 years now and loves her job! After learning the ropes she became a certified guide trainer before focussing on guiding tours exclusively. She is highly regarded for her broad knowledge of the Top End and loved for her great sense of humour. Kelda is also a qualified skipper and in her spare time drives airboats and conducts fishing charters. More recently Kelda has diversified and has begun working with us in operations and reservations.
Wade is one of the newest members of our team and also one of our most experienced guides. Wade has been guiding for over 10 years and has also held various positions including park ranger, boat guide and zoo keeper. Wade is a happy-go-lucky character who is eager to share his knowledge and put a smile on your face! He specialises in our Top End safaris and is a regular face on trips up to the Cobourg Peninsula.
Alex is the youngest member of our team but you wouldn’t know it as he measures in at 6 ft 5 (195cm) and has an extensive resume to boot. He is a country boy and passionate about the outdoors spending much of his spare time bushwalking, kayaking and fishing. Alex is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science in Parks Recreation and Heritage, specialising in Indigenous studies, ecology and eco-tourism.
Holly is originally from the UK and fell in love with the Northern Territory when backpacking here many years ago. Since then she has called the NT home and loves nothing more than showing guests around her Aussie backyard. For the past couple of years Holly has also spent a lot of time exploring the Kimberley regions of WA leading groups from Darwin to Broome. She loves her job and we think you will love her too!
'Brendo' is based at Cobourg Coastal Camp and shares the role of skipper with Hugh during the dry season. He has extensive experience captaining a range of vessels and has spent most the past 40 years on the water. He is an expert fisherman and a highly respected crabber, known to many as the 'crab whisperer'.