ABOUT ETHICAL ADVENTURES
Ethical Adventures began tours in 2014 when Rob and Tracey started their ‘Litchfield’s Gold’ experience to Fogg Dam and Litchfield National Park. Although that was the first year that tours ran it was years in preparation as they travelled Australia and the world gathering experience and ideas.
The vision was to create a tour company that brought conservation and tourism closer together. Something that included the fun and enjoyment of a traditional holiday with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the places that they visited.
They wanted to walk out their front door and be as if they were showing friends and family around the places which they love. Doing things that they like and eating the food that makes their mouth water.
They wanted to be able to show the beauty of nature and really allow their guests every opportunity to experience it as if they were locals. This means taking the good with the bad and looking at some of the things which may be putting pressure on the sustainability of these things. It was to be a sharing of their passion.
That was their vision.
Meet the Ethical Adventures Team
Rob holds a Bachelor of Engineering (natural resources) and Masters of Science (resource science). He is an experienced Whitewater Rafting Instructor and qualified Padi Dive Master. He has also completed the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
He has lived and travelled abroad with 6 collective years being spent in England (cricket coach/player), Japan (English teacher/rafting guide), USA (rafting instructor) and Hong Kong (youth development coordinator/ leader).
Locally he has led overland extended safaris through the World Heritage deserts of central Australia and the majestic Great Ocean Road and Grampians. In tropical Far Northern Queensland Rob undertook day tours amongst the ancient tropical forests of the Daintree National Park as well as crewing as a Dive Master on the Great Barrier Reef. On Norfolk Island he was once again a dive master in his free time as he undertook his voluntary work for the EcoNorfolk Foundation.
Since 2009 Rob has called the NT home and has led tours into West Arnhemland, Kakadu, Katherine, Daly, Litchfield and beyond, culminating in the start of ‘ethical adventures’ in 2014.
Hailing from Sydney, Sarsha’s sense of curiosity led to years of journeying around the globe in search of adventure. With a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, she honed her skills in the hospitality industry across Canada, the UK and USA, squeezing in travel to the Middle East and Europe for fresh learning experiences along the way.
Back on home soil, Sarsha took on a new role as an Outdoor Events Manager for Multiple Sclerosis Australia before beginning her dream to guide across Australia.
Thus far Sarsha has gained extensive tour guiding experiences in the greater Sydney region as well as Western Australia.
In 2017 Sarsha was lured to the Top End by the promise of remote country, unique habitats, exceptional wildlife, tropical weather, breathtaking landscapes and the rich indigenous culture.
She worked her first dry season as a field guide in a remote safari camp on the edge of Kakadu National Park after which she was hooked.
“Living remotely amidst coastal floodplains and savanna woodlands off the grid, immersed in a wilderness prolific with bird and wildlife, was not only an extraordinary introduction to the Territory but a life changing experience.”
Sarsha loves calling Darwin and the Top End home. When she is not on the road you’ll find her riding mountain bike trails, grooving to local live music and exploring the natural wonders of the region.
Her passion for all things Australian, outdoor adventure, meeting new people and sharing knowledge make her a great ambassador of the Top End and a perfect guide to help you appreciate and enjoy your visit.
Trace is definitely an outdoor girl! If she is not trying to catch dinner (fishing and crabbing) she is getting the torches ready to go for a night walk to see what is about.
She is a qualified personal fitness instructor who also holds a diploma in Tourism. Both of which complement her dedication to helping people enjoy life in a fun healthy way.
Her passion for travel and diversity has seen her take on roles as a sea kayak guide in Portugal, walking tour guide along the Great Ocean Road and numerous other hospitality and guiding positions in places such as Fraser Island, Far North Qld, Central Australia, Victoria and the Top End.
Throw in a brilliant smile and friendly positive personality and a day spent with Trace is a day well spent.
Dan and Rob have been firm mates since the 90’s when they first met at university but it is only now in 2019 that he joins us as part of our touring team. With him comes complementary 14 years of diverse NT guiding, traveling and working experience as well a personally to match the size of the outback.
Prior to moving to the NT Dan was born and raised on a cattle station in the rugged New England Ranges of Northern NSW. Dan has had a life-long love of plants and animals. He attained a Diploma of the Sciences with a strong emphasis on Zoology and Botany from the University of New England.
In 2005 Dan first moved to the NT for a role as cameleer with a company in Yulara near Uluru His background working with horses and cattle stood him in good stead as a trainer of young camels and it was here he discovered his easy going nature and knowledge of flora and fauna made him a natural guide, a career path which proved irresistible.
The next year, dry season of 2006 Dan was employed at the remote Garig Gunak Barlu National Park of West Arnhemland for 3 months. This national park is located 350km east of Darwin. It was here that Dan began his journey of learning about Top End flora and fauna and delving into the strong cultural web of the Top End indigenous communities.
From then Dan has canvased the Top End’s unique touring environments from Coburg, West Arnhemland. Kakadu, Litchfield to Katherine region. Included in this was also considerable time amongst the world-renowned and culturally significant indigenous rock art sites.
On the side just to keep himself busy he has also been known to collect entomology specimens for the Adelaide Museum.
With still so much more to say about Dan it is best that you take the opportunity to get to know him on your adventure with ethical adventures. One thing is for sure, Dan’s passion for the Top End’s unique ecological web of life is highly infectious and impossible to resist.
Prepare for a memorable day.