21st February is international tour guide day, and to celebrate, we thought we’d introduce you to our wonderful team of Margaret River tour guides! Each of our guides bring their own unique charm and magic to your walk and we just love their stories and personalities. Here’s to all the tour guides out there bringing destinations to life and creating life-long memories for visitors!
Janita is a WA local, having been born in Perth and travelled frequently to the south west of WA with her family since the 1960s. The Margaret River coast is in Janita’s blood – her father, Lockie, was one of the first to surf Yallingup! (This was body surfing back then!) He was a National Surf Belt Champion and a founding member of Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club.
Janita used to work for Qantas where she loved being able to help people make amazing memories, and also cultivated her love of travel. She returned to Margaret River in the late 80s when she bought one of the first cafes in town, Country Kitchen Delights.
Janita says she loves the Cape to Cape track because of the diversity and the magnificent colours reflected in the landscape. The Indian Ocean is like no other in its turquoise colour. She loves showing guests the incredible delicate orchids and wildflowers that pop up annually in the most obscure places along the Cape to Cape track.
Dianna has been in Margaret River for 12 years. Not only is she a tour guide for Walk Into Luxury, but she also takes tours underground at some of Margaret River’s majestic caves. Dianna loves the Cape to Cape Track because it showcases the region she calls home. She loves telling stories about local Margaret River people and places. A huge fan of the ocean views from the track, her favourite spot is the delightful Injidup Spa Retreat.
Anne is a Margaret River stalwart who grew up in Wilyabrup and went to school in Yallingup, Busselton, Cowaramup and Margaret River. She went away for 12 years to work in tourism in Kalbarri, but she felt the call of home strongly and finally returned!
Anne says she loves being a walking tour guide for Walk Into Luxury because she loves the outdoors and this track has long been her playground! She says she loves meeting new people and their enthusiasm and interest in the region. Her top tips for people walking with Walk into Luxury are to invest in some comfortable shoes; and she promises if she’s your guide she’ll show you some top secret spots!
Tracey is originally from Perth but after living in Margaret River for 20 years, she thinks she can pretty much say she’s a local! Tracey has worked in many tourism businesses in the south west, including the original Three Bears Bar, Rivendell Winery and as a masseuse at Injidup Spa Retreat. Of the Cape to Cape Track, she says “to be able to walk so close to the ocean for 135km and jump in the water whenever you feel the urge, is absolute heaven to me! The incredible wildlife and flowers, amazing surf and contrasting terrain just make the track one of the best anywhere.” Tracey says she loves being a tour guide as she’s able to share her love of the region with other people and hear the many amazing travel stories of our guests. The thing Tracey enjoys surprising guests with the most are the native cherries when they’re in season! Yum!
Dean was born in Mornington, Victoria and has travelled extensively across the world. Dean really is an interesting bloke! He has had many careers and is a qualified naturopath and kinesiologist. He’s passionately involved with surfing and mountain bike training for high performing individuals and in his spare time he is building his own home near Injidup beach.
He relocated to Margaret River in 2015 and says he fell in love with the Cape to Cape Track because of the colours and the way the light changes them throughout the day. He says he loves being a tour guide because he gets to meet so many people and hear their stories, he’s always learning something new. We asked Dean his best insiders tip for our region…. But he said you’d have to come and find out for yourself! Cheeky, but not a bad idea!