This is the story of Guurrbi Tours…which started as a dream of Willie’s inthe 1990s, and was brought to reality withthe help of Judy – a PhD student, wholater became a partner in the business.The deal was we’d work together tolaunch Guurrbi, look at what worked alongthe way, then share our findings so otherscould learn from our experiences.Here are some of the highlights - andfriends we met along the way.CELEBRATING GUURRBI’S 10TH BIRTHDAYGuurrbi Tours, Cooktownwww.guurrbitours.com
2001 – I’VE GOT AN IDEA!Willie (4th from left) sharinghis country & his tour ideawith Judy (right) & visitors
2002 – LISTENING, LEARNING, TALKING, PLANNINGWe worked together for a year before launching Guurrbi Tours.
2002 – FIRST TRIP TO THE ROCK ARTWillie guiding Judy & Alberta from the Hope Vale Art Centre tosee the rock art sites at Wangaar-Wuri for the first time.
2002 – THE WONDERFUL BIRTH SITEWillie & Alberta at the Birth Site. What a beautiful place! Wedidn’t want to leave.
2002 – FILMING ‘AUSTRALIAN STORY’“I’m on cloud ten!” Sharing his country with strangers – and theiramazing reaction to the experience – gave Willie the confidence tocontinue with his plans.
2001 – TAKING ‘THAT PHOTO’The wonderful Kerry Trapnelltaking the photo of Willie westill use today.
2009 – WILLIE IN TO BATBatsman Willie, Adam Gilchrist wicket, and Lee Kernaghanfielding. (Willie scored a duck.)
2009 – QUEENSLAND’S TOP TEN MUST-DOSGuurrbi makes No. 7 in RACQ’s Queensland 150 Must Dos.
2009 – A TOP 20 AUSTRALIAN TOUROur Rainbow Serpent Tour was named “One of Australia’s 20Top Tours” in Australian Traveller magazine.
2009 – WEBSITE AWARDOur website wins the very first Indigenous TourismBiodiversity Website (Jury) Award.
2009 – GUURRBI & WAITOCWe host Indigenous Tourism operators from all over Australiato share what we’ve learnt.
2009 – AUSTRALIAN OF THEYEAR NOMINATIONWhat an honour to benominated for Australian ofthe Year.
2009 – WILLIE IN JAPANESEOver the years we have hadan enormous amount ofmedia coverage, both athome and overseas, but thecover of this JapaneseLiving in Cairns magazineis a particular favourite.
2010 – ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OZGuurrbi is shown alongside Uluru as one of 13 Australianhighlights in Stefan Loose’s Australien Der Osten Travel Guide.
2011 – RIVERDANCE WITHBEN SOUTHALLWillie with best-job-in-the-world winner, Ben Southall,showing that two peoplestriking the classic one-leggedAboriginal stance look a littlebit Irish…
2011 - WERE PART OF THECURRICULUM!We love working with DrSharon Harwood of JamesCook University, who bringsher post-grads each year fora tour and a Q&A sessionwith us. Judys thesis is onthe courses reading list.
2012 – JUST FOR KIDSOver 100 people on the Just For Kids Charity Trail came on tourwith us over several days. They were SO well organised until…
2012 – THIS GLAMOROUS LIFE…there was a slight delay whilst Willie fished out some car keysfrom the bottom of the portaloo...
2012 – OUR SECOND BOOKWillie’s second book “My Family & Other Stories”
2012 – RECOMMENDED BY TRIPADVISORWe earn a Recommended by TripAdvisor sticker! A big ‘thank you’to all our customers who take the time to write such lovely reviews.
2013 – VOTED TOP TRAVEL BLOGWe feel very honoured to be in the same company as some ofthe world’s great travel bloggers.
2013 – BUT BEST OF ALL ……is hearing from our customers. Here’s a “Hello WillieGordon” from the Janssen Family at Machu Picchu.
2013 –BEST OF ALL…Troy Cassar-Daley continuesto carry the memory stoneWillie gave him all thoseyears ago – and it’s been allover the world. Here’s aphoto he tweeted to usrecently.
2013 – CHILDREN’S CAVE AT WANGAAR-WURIHundreds of other little stones, painted over the years by kids (of allages), are left in special cave – now an attraction in its own right.
][p2013 – WHAT A BIRTHDAY PRESENT!This arrived by email on the morning of our 10th birthday.An amazing end to a wonderful ten years.