So, when noone else would take us on trip to Northern Australia in the wet season, we should have known we'd be in for some adventures! And Mike didn't disappoint. We, two Brits with a love of wildlife and wide open spaces, first travelled with Mike back in 1999 I think it was. Mike rocks up in his combie and promptly takes us off up some unbeaten track to a thermal pool by a ragingly full river. He strips down to his swimmers (keeping his Akubra on of course) and jumps in! We stand there like a couple of idiots on the bank wondering if he's going to get chomped by a croc. After 5 minutes, we thought "to hell with it" and jumped right in. It was divine! It was only then that Mike explained to us about Freshies and Salties - as in crocodiles and where they hang out - happily not ordinarily on a freshwater river that is waaayyy in land! It was then that he coined the phrase, "you'll be right, she's only a Freshie!" And we believed him every time!
We had such a great time on that first trip, that we've been back several times and would go again at the drop of an Akubra! We've ended up in some bonkers places, met some extraordinary people and done some mad things, but it's been a blast and an amazing experience every time. We've stayed in camps that were closed for the wet season and had the whole place to ourselves - what a privilege. We've sat in a stream, while Mike rustled up a cappuccino; had picnics in places no-one else gets to (with the help of a chopper); gone mud crab fishing with a wonderful Aborginal family, who then cooked us up a great dinner of crab, oysters, fish and dampers (bread) all on an open fire - delicious and couldn't have been fresher!; and generally had a bloody good laugh. All of this done without compromising on good food and grog (booze), and some great places to stay!
We still have to go back and do the Outback Pub Crawl, something we've talked about for ages! Mike has been very helpful in doing the research into this!!!
So, we guarantee that you will have a fabulous time, every time, just as we have had. Mike is such a great host, you will be entertained in every way!
We will be back! thanks Mike and keep up the great work!