EPISODES

The Drive Your Own Adventure podcast series is shining a spotlight on Queensland’s regional tourism hot spots along popular road trip routes across Tropical North Queensland, the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast. Planning your next holiday has never been easier!

Featured Episode

Undara Experience

Host Benjamin Starr continues driving his own adventure through the beautiful city of Cairns in northern Queensland. Talking to Bram Collins from Undara Experience.

Season 1, Episode 1    |    26 min

EPISODES

Episode 1 | Undara Experience

Season 1, Episode 1 Undara ExperienceHost Benjamin Starr continues driving his own adventure through the beautiful city of Cairns in northern Queensland. Talking to Bram Collins from Undara Experience.  Bram shares his fascinating family history of early pioneers and...

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Episode 2 | Blazing Saddles

Benjamin Starr speaks with Michael, owner of the outdoor adventure company ‘Blazing Saddles’ located in the beautiful Tropical North Queensland city of Cairns.

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Episode 3 | Paronella Park

Season 1, Episode 3 Paronella ParkHost Benjamin Starr continues driving his own adventure and today is visiting Paronella Park, located hour and a half South of Cairns. Created by Jose Paronella, who also built his own hydroelectric system to supply power to the park...

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Episode 5 |Experience Co

Benjamin Starr chats to Brett and Sandy from Experience Co. Experience Co offer 16 experiences anywhere between mild to wild in Queensland including the exclusive Scuba Dive aboard Reef Magic Cruises.

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Episode 6 | Cairns Aquarium

Benjamin Starr interviews entrepreneurial Daniel Leipnik, Director and Co-founder of the Cairns Aquarium. Daniel gives us a look at the behind the scenes operation of the world class Cairns Aquarium, including their key focus on education, conservation and rehabilitation of local wildlife, and how the whole venture began.

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Episode 7 | David Hudson – Musician, Entertainer & Artist

Benjamin Starr interviews the amazing multi-skilled, musical, dancing entertainer David Hudson.
David has performed in many theatres all over the world and worked with A-list celebrities Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. David shares his love of his indigenous culture, music and dance with us.

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Episode 8 | Skyrail – Part 1

Benjamin Starr interviews Craig Pocock, the Managing Director of Skyrail Rainforest Cable way, one of the must do attractions when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. Craig shares the history and development of Skyrail and what it takes to run one of the world’s leading eco-tourism attractions.

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Episode 9 | Skyrail – Part 2

Benjamin Starr continues his interesting interview with Craig Pockock, the Managing Director of Skyrail in Cairns. In this episode we find out the ecological engineering behind Skyrail. The spectacular views, and the history behind the Kuranda railway.

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Episode 10 | Tjapukai Cultural Park

Join Benjamin Starr as he visits the Tjapukai Cultural Park, where they use the latest technology to bring to life Aboriginal culture through dance and song. Birry, the audio technical guru brings an interesting insight into the Aboriginal history and culture.

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Episode 11 | Skybury Coffee and Papayas

Join Benjamin Starr on a trip up to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Benjamin chats with Paul and Candy from Skybury coffee, Australia’s oldest coffee plantation. Get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a coffee plantation in the tropics and an insight into the busy operation of this eco-tourism business.

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Episode 12 | Mt Uncle Distillery

Join Benjamin Starr as he interviews the entrepreneurial scientist, Mark Watkins, who took over the family banana shed in the Atherton Tablelands to become the man behind world award winning gin!
Hear Mark talk about the alchemy that is needed to produce an award-winning gin on the Atherton Tablelands in Tropical North Queensland.

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Episode 14 | Guests Ken and Lorraine Martin

Benjamin Starr interviews the cool dancing grandma and grandpa caravan travellers! The Martin family have been visiting Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut for the last nine years. They share their experience of caravanning and holidaying with their grandchildren.

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Episode 15 | Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

Join Benjamin Starr as he interviews Richard Yazbek, the Resort Manager of Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut. Hear about what makes the resort so special and why they were they won the prestigious TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Resorts in the World for Families.

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Episode 16 – Fraser Coast Tourism Events

Benjamin Starr chats with Tourism Development Manager, Mark Juppenlatz and Visitor Services Manager, Andrew Ellis from Fraser Coast Tourism about the beauty on our doorstep and all that the Fraser Coast has to offer!
From whale watching, outdoor experiences to the “must do” restaurants and places to dine, everything you need to know about the Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay is covered in this episode.

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Episode 17 | Hill of Promise Winery

Join Benjamin Starr as he interviews Mary from Hill of Promise Winery and Cellar Door . Mary shares how she and her husband started growing grapes and producing wine in an area that is located in the heartland of sugarcane farms.

You’ll want to add this area to your ‘explore list’ after listening to and learning from Mary about this diverse region.

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Episode 18 | Bargara Brewing Company

Join Benjamin Starr as he chats with Jack Milbank who shares his journey from Zimbabwe to Bundaberg and how; by combining his knowledge of chemistry and microbiology he was able to start the Bargara Brewing Company.

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Episode 19 | Guests Janice and Rex Drane

Join Benjamin Starr as he interviews Janice and Rex Drane – a couple from Victoria who are very experienced caravanners! They tell of their experiences over the last 30 years and few tips for buying your first caravan.

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Episode 20 | Fraser Explorer Tours

Today we hear from Craig & Lisa at Fraser Explorer Tours about why the remarkable Fraser Island should be on your holiday to do list when visiting the Fraser Coast.

Benjamin Starr gets the low down on the best that Fraser Island has to offer and learns more about the magnificent beaches, lakes and local wildlife.

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Episode 21 | Tasman Venture

Whale watching in Hervey Bay is second to none! Find out more about these fascinating creatures as Benjamin Starr talks to Vicki from Tasman Adventure about whale watching tours and what makes their tours so unique.

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Episode 22 | Hervey Bay Dive Centre

Take a breath as Benjamin Starr talks to Ed from Hervey Bay Dive Centre to find out how you can swim with whales, dive and explore the scuttled HMAS Tobruk to get up close and personal with sea life while you are Driving Your Own Adventure in Hervey Bay.

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Episode 23 | Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay

Only 300 metres to the beach and situated alongside the Torquay Lakes is one of the most popular holiday parks on the Fraser Coast.

It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling as a couple or with your young family this park has several accommodation options and with so many things to see and do on your door step, make sure you check-in to Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay.

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Episode 24 | Mary Valley Rattler Steam Train

Join Benjamin Starr as he interviews Julia Avis, the Stationmaster of the Mary Valley Rattler! All aboard for a journey back in time as Julia and our train driver Bill share the old charm of a steam ride through the scenic Mary Valley.

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Episode 25 | Tourism Noosa

Benjamin Starr interviews Jasmine, Louise and Jenny from Visit Noosa. Find out how to make the most out of your stay as these local ladies talk about the must visit places to visit and explore.

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Episode 26 | Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium

Benjamin Starr interviews Malcolm Westwood, the Assistant Mammal Trainer at Sea Life Mooloolaba. Malcolm shares with Ben some incredible tales about the resident Seals and what a day in the life of a Mammal Trainer looks like.

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Episode 27 | Your Mates Brewing Company

Benjamin Starr interviews one of the entrepreneurial, founding owners of Your Mates Brewing Company, Christian McGarry. During this interesting and informative interview, Christian shares his story of how Your Mates Brewing started from an idea on the couch to an innovative microbrewery, his brush with TV fame and the learning curve needed to run a successful business.

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Episode 28 | Maleny Dairies

Benjamin Starr interviews Ross Hopper, the entrepreneur behind Maleny Dairies. Ross grew up on a dairy farm and in this amusing interview, Ross talks about life as a dairy farmer, how he supports local dairy farmers, cow cams and the tours they offer at Maleny Dairies.

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Episode 29 | Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

The Maleny Botanic gardens and bird world are unforgettable with over 500 birds. Benjamin Starr chats with Frank Ship, some might call him a little crazy but Ben thinks he’s a modern day Dr Do Little. You’ll definitely want to add this on your ‘go to’ list of destinations after listening to Frank.

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Episode 30 | Ingenia Holidays Rivershore

Join Benjamin Starr as we Drive Your Own Adventure right into the popular, family friendly Rivershore Resort, where Bernie shares the vision behind the newest resort on the Sunshine Coast, while Head Chef, Ian tempts your taste buds with his locally sourced menu.

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