NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Drive Your Own Adventure podcast series shines a spotlight on Tropical North Queensland’s regional tourism hot spots. Cairns is a bucket list destination for Aussies and international visitors, and after listening to these interviews it’s easy to see why.

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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