Professional Guide/Outdoor Leader
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 Outdoor Leader, primarily working with youth groups on journey based outdoor programs that promote awareness, resilience, and achievement. He holds a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation, Cert IV Fitness, and Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certification. He has extensive sea kayaking experience in Tropical North Queensland and has led numerous multiday expeditions particularly in the Cape Tribulation to Mission Beach regions. He considers the Tropical North Queensland Coast a region of exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, and it holds some of his most memorable experiences.
Professional Guide/Outdoor Leader
From Tropical North Queensland, 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, Central Australia, Kimberly coast, Victorian Highlands and Tasmanian Wilderness. Matt’s other interests include health, nutrition, low-impact living and food growing.
Enjoying a career change and tree change from life behind a desk in the big smoke, Liliana plays an essential support role for TAG. Liliana discovered her love of adventurous outdoor activities as a young girl through Scouting. This lead on to completing a degree in environmental science, while working for the Wilderness Society, and then to working in the field of water policy with State Government. Liliana doesn’t remember a time she hasn’t ridden a bike since she was able to ride to school, but she only recently discovered mountain biking in 2012 on CAFNEC’s annual Far North Wilderness Bike Tour. Since then, she’s done a 3 week bike tour in Tasmania and has ridden trails in the Apple Isle, in South East and Tropical North Queensland and looks forward to riding a lot more! Liliana has an easy going and caring nature and loves to ask lots of questions to find out what makes people tick. She looks forward to sharing wilderness adventures with others, in a supportive, fun and professional manner.
Peter spent his first 35 years in Southern Africa and has resided on the Atherton Tablelands since then. Apart from his local knowledge he has traveled over the years to Central Africa, South America, Nepal, New Guinea, USA, New Zealand, UK and Italy. Highlights of his overseas adventure travels include hikes to Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Wilhelm in PNG and Mt. Aspiring in 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. In 2007 he established TAG and was director until early 2017. He currently holds the following outdoor qualifications: 'Bushwalking in Untracked Terrain', ‘Guide Off Road Bike Tours’ and ‘Sea Kayak Guide'. He particularly enjoys multi day off road cycling and self supported sea kayaking trips in the Coral Sea and beyond.
Who we are and what we do
TAG is a locally owned business operating from the Atherton Tablelands providing unique half, full and multi day guided adventures for active travellers, corporate and student groups. TAG also provides affordable bike and gear hire to those wishing to explore on their own at their own pace – we can help with self-guide maps/advice for cycling holidays on the Tablelands, and, if we’re not out on a trip we can provide shuttles.
TAG was established in 2007 from the passion of Peter Tuck for the great possibilities of adventure tourism of the fantastic but little explored Atherton Tablelands landscape. It’s founder Peter Tuck grew the business from its humble beginnings to a promising business with his sense of adventure paving the way for real adventure tourism and journey based learning for student and corporate groups on the Atherton Tablelands. With Peter’s retirement, Aaron Seipel took the reins in 2017 as he saw the potential for TAG to flourish and brings with him new ideas, passion, and commitment to offering the best of what the great outdoors has to offer.
The adventures offered have come about through experience - trial and error. New experiences are being developed all the time to take advantage of the endless possibilities the area offers for cycling, kayaking and hiking. From leisure to more challenging experiences.
Adventure activities are at their peak during the drier season (April to November).
To provide exceptional, small group experiences in unique wilderness regions few others ever see. A TAG experience offers active travellers rare insights into these wild pockets of the Atherton Tablelands and Tropical North Queensland – see more on foot, by bike or kayak than travelling in a vehicle.
Eat well We have big appetites, and love to share our culinary skills. We are committed to providing nutritious and delicious fare for all meals. There is no need to compromise. We can easily accommodate any dietary requirements.
Share knowledge to stimulate guests minds as well as body. Our experience, local knowledge and passion for the environment help to create inspiring, memorable journeys for our guests. Our guides provide interpretation of the environment (wildlife, flora, geology) and things of historic and cultural interest – to give clients an experience that increases their understanding of the Tablelands.
Take our time because there’s a lot to see each day! No need to rush, just enjoy being in the bush, in the moment, the sounds, the smells, and the sights.
Undertake activities safely with reliable and well maintained equipment and risk assessments / contingency plans in place so guests can be at ease and enjoy physical activity in safety and good company.
Support local businesses and therefore regional economy by buying local where possible and encouraging guests to patronise / experience them.
Respect all people, their needs, requests, and limitations, and leave them with a sense of achievement by completing one of our exciting adventures!
Tread lightly on the earth and be aware of our footprint…
TAG is committed to treading lightly where-ever we go. We only have small groups to minimise our impact and maximise an intimate experience of the wilderness. For a small company we aim high, to be a sustainable and responsible operator. Basic eco-tourism principles permeate every aspect of TAG’s operations, from minimal impact camping procedures (including to minimise use of consumables that create landfill, recycling, using only biodegradable cleaning products etc.). Working with our guests, suppliers, government and indigenous stakeholders, we continually monitor and improve our performance. As part of our environmental commitment we promote local causes such as the Tolga Bat Hospital.
For all meals, TAG prides itself on preparing fresh and nourishing meals with local produce (where possible) to make sure you have plenty of energy for the demands of a physically active day. We love to cook and prepare wholesome food that will delight and even surprise you and are very capable of catering for any dietary requirements.
Depending on the trip… Our snacks often include baked goodies, hard boiled eggs, trail mix, etc… Our breakfasts can feature tropical fruit, cereals, yoghurt, porridge, to beans, zucchini slice, eggs and bacon on toast etc… Our lunches are often a selection of fresh and tasty salads, cheese, cold meats and condiments served with wraps or rolls etc… Our dinners are often 3 course with cheese and nut platters, camp fire roasts and vege, salads, pastas, stir frys, casseroles… to list but a few, with a sweet to finish off the meal… For drinks, you can often choose from a range of hot drinks including plunger coffee, a selection of teas and hot chocolate or along the trail try our home made cordial.
As an experienced Tableland operator, we can provide customised wilderness experiences specific to your needs for active travellers, families, corporate and student groups, or just a private group of friends. Contact us to discuss your itinerary, budget, group size and any other special request.