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Our guides here at FNQ Nature Tours are passionate about delivering quality interpretation, not just guiding tours. Interpretation is a means of communicating ideas and feelings which help people enrich their understanding and appreciation of their world, and their role within it.
Owner & Nature Guide
James Boettcher fell in love with guiding in his early twenties. The prospect of sharing and interpreting what he loves most, nature, was an unrivalled opportunity. James has guided wildlife and nature safaris in Northern Australia for over 12 years and has been based in Cairns since 1998. His passion and enthusiasm for the region is highly contagious. With a particular interest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, James most enjoys interpreting the evolutionary history of the tropical rainforest and its invaluable story.
James loves to share photography tips and is usually found birdwatching on his days off.
Home for Kelvin Marshall is North Queensland but over the course of 20 years, Kelvin has travelled extensively overseas with a special focus on South East Asia, Africa and Europe. He has been very fortunate to photograph some of the last remaining wilderness regions throughout S.E. Asia where it has given him the opportunity both to view and photography the diverse, unique and rare species of the flora and fauna of these sensitive areas.
Kelvin’s life-long fascination and empathy with the natural world is immediately apparent from the photos he takes, many of which have won awards and appear regularly in international magazines and publications. His extensive knowledge and enthusiasm along with experience in the field will make all the difference to your success and enjoyment on tour.
In 2009 Matt moved to Far North Queensland as he developed his professional captive animal career. Focusing on Reptiles, Matt’s passion for Crocodiles and venomous snakes’ sky rocketed as he learned firsthand the complexities of such misunderstood creatures. Matt has since shifted his career to Tour Guiding, an opportunity where he can share his ‘Backyard’ with people from all over the world.
You can find Matt trekking, cruising and climbing his way through some of the most unique natural places in the world as he attempts to find some of the world’s most fascinating creatures.
The Backstory Matt and Andre embarked on their inaugural "Big Year" challenge in 2019. Their goal was to learn more about the birds of North Queensland, have fun and of course WIN!! The aim of the competition is to sight as many birds within Queensland as possible,...
Bush Medicine Have you ever had a small cut that didn’t heal as well as you remember it should?? “Why is this taking so long!” “Last time I had a cut, it was gone in a couple of days?” Often in the tropics we experience great diversity in healing length depending on...
At FNQ Nature Tours, we do our best to support local organisations such as FNQ Wildlife Rescue, to promote the health and wellbeing our our sick and injured natives!
People often mistake them for burls, bee hives or ants nest but in fact they are far more interesting. Of the many species of Termite in Australia, this variety choose to live primarily off grass. It would certainly be no benefit living in a tree while eating it too!...
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