Tableland Adventure Guides – TAG, established in 2010, is a dynamic outdoor company specialising in bike, hike and kayak adventures in beautiful North Queensland. TAG offers fun, friendly tours, personalised guiding services and affordable gear rentals for active travelers, charter and school groups. We only employ highly experienced outdoor guides who will ensure your fun, safe adventure.
Our itineraries are totally flexible and designed to suit group demographics, level of fitness and specific interests.
The TAG team have explored the wild places and natural wonders in this region and are excited to share these experiences with you. TAG is an incorporated company and holds $20,000,000 Liability Insurance cover. All activities have the relevant National Parks permits.
Peter has been exploring the Atherton Tablelands and beyond since 1993 and has undertaken multi day biking, hiking and kayaking adventures throughout this beautiful region. His favourite local places are the summit of the Mt. Bartle Frere, the Outback Lappa Trail and the often deserted Barnard Islands.
Apart from his local knowledge Peter has traveled widely and and explored extensively overseas with trips to South and Central Africa, South America, Nepal, New Guinea, USA, New Zealand, the UK and the Continent. Highlights of his overseas trekking experience include Everest Base Camp (Nepal), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Wilhelm (PNG) and Mt Aspiring (NZ).Peter is a founding member of ‘Friends of Atherton Tablelands Rail Trails’, a regional group promoting the development of a network of cycling, walking and riding trails using former railway corridors.He currently holds outdoor specific qualifications including Certificate 4 modules ‘Bushwalking in Untracked Terrain’, ‘Guide Off Road Bike Tours’ and ‘Kayak Guide Instruct.
Peter takes pleasure in leading ‘special people to spectacular places’ and looks forward to your visit!
Aimee is a humorous and free natured adventure guide who is constantly on the hunt for the best mountain ridges, swimming holes and waterfalls.
Her background is in working with Indigenous children in the outdoors and establishing connections with country.Aimee is currently completing a Bachelor of Art Education at UNSW in Sydney.Kayaking expedition trips are her passion and adventure and laughter are always sure to follow wherever she goes! Aimee has had extensive experience as a sea kayak guide with Sydney Harbour Kayaks, leading groups of up 13 guests on tours of Sydney Harbour.
Aimee holds a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and has traveled extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, Nepal, South America, New Zealand and South Africa.
Steve is a biologist who specialises in bird conservation and fire ecology. Over the past 20 years, he has lived in some of the most remote places in Australia, often working with Indigenous communities to better understand and protect biodiversity.
His current projects involve some of Australia’s most mysterious and threatened birds. One of Steve’s other great loves is being immersed in wilderness, and believes the more remote and less visited, the better!He has spent extended periods in most of Australia’s iconic regions – the Kimberley, Cape York, Central Australia, the Top End, the Pilbara and Tasmania. Further afield, Steve has visited PNG, NW USA, Europe, New Zealand and New Caledonia.To get around when in these spectacular landscapes, Steve has cycled, walked, paddled and even trudged alongside camels during multi-week expeditions. Most recently, Steve spent two weeks unsupported in south-western Tasmania, opting for the less traveled paths wherever he could.
Steve’s expertise is exclusively available to TAG per prior arrangement.
From mine-site geochemistry to law enforcement intelligence, William’s colorful background ultimately led him to mountain-biking.
Having progressed from competitive racing to event management, then onto skills coaching and commissairing, William understands cycling in its entirety.William’s love of the outdoors has taken him around the globe in pursuit of adventure; from the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the sizzling sands of the Simpson Desert.As an AMBIA-qualified Mountain Bike Skills Instructor (with a Certificate III in Fitness, Level 1 Road & Track Coach and Level 3 Commissaire qualifications).
William is excited to show you the world-class trails available in his backyard.
Far North Queensland boy, Matt, has been guiding and leading groups in the tropical reaches of Queensland, remote areas of Victoria and Tasmania’s coast since 2010.
Matt is in his element surrounded by nature and loves to share it with others.Matt has comprehensive outdoor skills in hiking, biking and kayaking. He works hard to provide the best possible experience on each trip he leads and his fun, friendly character is well received by his clients.In 2011 Matt completed his Outdoor Education Degree at La Trobe University, two years later saw the completion of his Graduate Diploma of Eduction. Matt is also skilled in Australian bush craft and wilderness first aid. Matt’s adventurous spirit has also seen him travel through parts of Nepal, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, West MacDonnell Ranges, Kimberly coast, Victorian Highlands, Tasmanian Wilderness and of course Tropical North Queensland.
Matt’s other interests include personal health and nutrition, sustainable and low-impact living, food growing and preserving.
A keen adventurer, Aaron takes great pleasure in leading groups into remote regions and sharing in the beauty and presence of the natural world with those around him.
Aaron is a qualified and registered Outdoor Leader, working with youth on outdoor programs that promote awareness, resilience, and achievement. He holds a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation, Cert IV Fitness, Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certification and is registered with NOLRS (National Outdoor Leadership Registration Scheme). He has extensive sea kayaking experience in Far North Qld. and has led numerous multiday expeditions particularly in the Cape Tribulation to Mission Beach regions. He considers the Far North Qld Coast a region of exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, and it holds some of his most memorable experiences.
Aaron is currently pursuing studies in Natural Medicine.
Educational, ethical and other considerations
Education and interpretation
In support of the Australian and Queensland Government’s obligations ‘to protect, conserve, present and transmit the World Heritage Area to future generations’, TAG proposes to offer a program of professional interpretation as part of our guided tours focusing on the natural and cultural values of the areas, with topics such as biodiversity, impacts of climate change, local management issues and sustainable land use practices. Our personal knowledge base will be supplemented with information sourced from local experts, professional guides with whom we have associations, Traditional Owners and the relevant management agencies. Map-based information will be developed for use by our clients.
Monitoring and recording
During our outdoor adventures we propose to develop and maintain a ‘wildlife diary’, based on a log sheet for recording wildlife sightings, weather conditions and other information of interest to our clients and the managers (eg. vegetation condition, weeds, feral animals, site impacts etc.)
In keeping with national ecotourism principals TAG’s proposed adventure activities will have minimal impact on the environment and should benefit the local community. Features of our ‘clean and green’ approach will include:
- Sustainability principals integrated into all activities and client interpretation.We have a minimal carbon footprint ethic with travel based mostly on ‘manpower’ – hike, bike and kayak, with total carbon emissions to be calculated and offset in local TREAT plantings where possible.
- Fuel-efficient diesel vehicles used where possible and serviced regularly.
- All adventure activities and camping in particular comply with requirements of the relevant departments.
- Waste minimised and ‘carried out’ or managed in accordance with park requirements.
- Public toilet facilities used where possible.
- TAG respects the amenity of other users of park facilities and camping areas with policies including minimal noise, discreet camping etc.