Your Tour Leader
Andy Mortimer is a specialist guide operating tours in the tropical 'Top End' of Australia's Northern Territory including the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. He also has a wealth of knowledge about many other regions of Australia.
Andy is the owner/operator of Guided By Nature Specialist Private Tours and personally leads many private tours from Darwin to Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield, and many other remote areas of the Northern Territory Outback.
Andy has over 10 years experience guiding tours in the Northern Territory and outback Australia.
With many years of experience, Andy has conducted tours across the Top End, The Kimberley, The Gulf of Carpenteria, Flinders Ranges, Gammon Ranges, Oodnaddatta Track, Simpson Desert, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Juta (The Olgas), Kings' Canyon and the Macdonnell Ranges in central Australia. Andy also has extensive private travel experience throughout most regions of Australia. Andys' experience, knowledge and qualifications allow him to conduct tours throughout any region of Australia.
Originally from Melbourne, he worked part time in the Horticulture industry and as a Zoo Keeper whilst undertaking his studies. He moved to the Northern Territory after completing a Biological Science degree majoring in Ecology, Zoology and Botany. The reason for this move was a lifelong interest in the Northern Territory and his passion for wildlife, particularly Reptiles. The Northern Territory is like a candy store to a child in regard to this group of animals.
His tourism career began with very basic backpacker style tours to Kakadu National Park in the mid 1990's. Using questionable vehicles, equipment and safety systems and rarely wearing any shoes he encountered a steep learning curve that has led to an ability to fix almost any problem that may be encountered in the often harsh and remote conditions of the Northern Territory. His years working as a tour guide for other companies came to a peak in the position of 'Head Guide' for Voyages Odyssey Tours & Safaris in Darwin, widely regarded at the time as one of Australia's premier touring companies. In early 2006 'Odyssey' changed ownership and Andy decided to move on and began Guided By Nature Specialist Private Tours.
Andy is an accredited guiding member of 'Savannah Guides' a professional guiding organization covering the top end of Australia from Broome in Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland. A region known as the tropical savannah.
He has organized and conducted tours for many high profile clients as well as media groups including the BBC (UK), Sky TV (UK), National Geographic and Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine. Tours that Andy has led have also been the focus of many newspaper and travel journal articles and stories in publications ranging from the Melbourne Herald/Sun (Aust) to the Straights Times (Singapore) and The Sunday Times (London).
In the short time Guided By Nature has been operating Andy has been involved with productions for the BBC, Sky TV (UK), Australian 4WD Action magazine and stories for publications such as The Sunday Times (UK), The Sunday Herald Sun (Aust), mX Magazine (Aust), Wingspan magazine (Birds Australia) and regularly escorts tours for the Northern Territory government tourist commission Tourism NT.
With Guided By Nature Specialist Private Tours you are more than likely to have Andy as your guide. Many other companies employ a range of people as guides and simply send you out with whichever guide is available at the time. These guides, although not necessarily unskilled or unqualified may not be the person you have heard or read about when deciding who to travel with. The owner or manager of a company can be very knowledgeable and skilled but unless they are going to be your tour leader why pay them to send you with someone else. The fact is, many company owners and managers are highly skilled and experienced guides. Over the years however, they have grown tired of being on the road and now find it easier and more cost effective to send someone else out to lead a tour while they stay in the office to drive a desk.
Of course, Andy is not always available to guide all tours. However, if Andy is unavailable to guide your tour we aim to let you know well in advance who your tour leader will be. We also try to put you in contact directly with your guide for a chat prior to your departure. This allows you to clarify any questions you may have directly with the person who will be leading your tour and also allows our guide the opportunity to get to know your interests and general character on a more personal basis before you depart. No surprises when we pick you up for yourself or your guide, this gives you the best possible start to your tour.
You have the opportunity to trust Andy and Guided By Nature with your journey.
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