First, Pete and Trish's company also goes by "Daintree Specialised Tours" - but just ask anyone in the Daintree area for Pete Baxendell, and you'll find the guide you want!
How to describe Pete? We think of him as one-half Allan Quartermain, one-half Crocadile Dundee - but whatever he is, he is an Aussie personality that visitors should not miss! Half the fun of his tour is listening to his stories about the exciting life he has led: plantation owner, colonial soldier, game tracker, friend of cannibals, student of aboriginal medcine, etc. Tour with Pete, and you learn about an entire period of post-colonial African/PPG history, as well as about the rainforest.
And when you enter the rainforest, Pete throws you into his world of bush knowledge, sharing the Daintree's flora and fauna as only an expert can. His tour is very "hands on": expect to lick ants, taste plants, climb trees, wake up colonies of sleeping bats, play with leeches, put beach crabs in your mouth, swim in (croc-free) water holes, and, if you're lucky, see a passing cassowary. If you're idea of fun is to explore, learn, and experience things, rather than just watch the world roll by from the inside of a cramped tour bus, then this tour is for you!
Let me also mention how impressed we were by the personal attention Pete and Trish showed us. Trish's cookies - which are delicious! - were specially made without ingredients I was allergic to. And Pete, of course, was happy to answer all our questions, was very friendly, and easily coaxes reluctant city people out of their typical comfort zones (i defy any other person to persuade my wife to taste bugs...).
In sum, Pete and Trish offer a real adventure, not a simple tourist attraction. If you're a "Conde Nast Traveler" person, this tour may not be for you, but if you're a "Discovery Channel" person, you will love it! We certainly loved our day in Daintree and would recommend H&I/DST to anyone who wants a fun, unique experience.
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