George….The Australian Outback Coach Captain

05 Jan

Captain James Cook and Captain George, the Aussie Outback Coach Captain

One of the benefits of being a part of the Australian Army for over 20 years is, not only the diversity of travel , but the friendships that are forged with those that you meet on your military journey. With many friends in one location you actually develop a family type bond, where you work together, live together and socialize together. Through facebook, a group of my old military friends from over 35 years ago met up for a reunion. It was quite an experience. Years had changed us all, yet the same family bond we developed all those years ago was still as obvious as ever.

One of the military family members was keen to attend the reunion, but due to work commitments was unable to at the time.

We have all moved on in our lives and taken different paths in our careers.

So this is the story of George, who couldn’t attend the reunion.

Back in our younger days, George was an affable guy, easygoing, he had a great young guys sense of humour and was easy to like. His sense of humour saw him in trouble a few times, but I think the Colonel had a bit of a grin on his face after George was dismissed from his office.

George is now a well respected coachline Captain for the Australian Grayline company, his coach run takes him up through the harsh Australian outback Northern Territory, across to Queensland and up to Darwin and all sightseeing spots in between.

George is one of Graylines best Outback coach Captains and tour guide if not their best, he has a wealth of knowledge and endears himself to his overseas tourist passengers and those Australians experiencing their country for the first time

Some of the sights that are on George’s itinerary include Uluru, commonly known as Ayers rock situated approximately 400 kilometres out of Alice springs,Katherine gorge,Tennant creek and Mataranka, not forgetting the isolated pub at Daly Waters.

George has 2 sons,Edward the youngest at 17, Andrew 21 and a daughter Jessica 21 who is currently studying at Leeds England.

Its been a great pleasure to catch up with George after 35 years and hopefully he will be able to turn his coach around and make it down south for our next reunion this year

A good friend I am proud to have served with in our young military days.

With George’s permission I share some of his pictures from his outback adventures.

The first two pictures are of what is known as The Curtain Fig tree and are renowned for being over 700 years old.

This picture depicts a crocodile trap that was located in Nitimiluk national park

This old abandoned vehicle was once used for buffalo hunting in Kakadu national park

Bowen Queensland

The Whitsunday Passage

The Junction Hotel

Uluru or as it is commonly known Ayers Rock

George’s Grayline coach outside the Junction hotel

The South Heads Sydney

A number of states in Australia are currently experiencing bushfires with one town in Tasmania devestated,the temperatures are extremely high here at present as we are undergoing a heatwave with temps in the high 40’s.This last picture of George’s is an internal shot of his temperature gauge at the Warrdjan cultural centre Kakadu national park.

Hope you enjoyed the story and pictures of George’s on line tour.

Aussie Emu


Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


42 responses to “George….The Australian Outback Coach Captain

  1. Monica

    May 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Ian, I came back to look at these pictures. I especially love that Curtain Fig tree and also wonder what one does with a crocodile in the trap!

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Hi Monica, a lovely pleasure to see your visit and comment.
      In Australia if you see a crocodile in a trap you carefully let him go with a lovely smile on your face
      and then run like you have a hot rod up your backside, hehe.
      Cheers Princess.
      Aussie Emu aka Ian

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    How wonderful, what friendships you’ve forged. And love all the photos. Wow, the things you’ve seen…. love the beat up old vehicle especially 🙂

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Good morning my friend, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, glad you enjoyed it.
      Hope you had a great Australia day and are safe from bushfires, floods and cyclones and every other natural disaster around Australia,
      Wishing you a great week.
      Keep smiling girl

  3. Geoff

    January 18, 2013 at 2:06 am

    That temperature clock is showing a wicked high
    unlike here at the moment, it is blooooody freezing 😦 lol
    Brilliant pictures and posting Ian, thank you for sharing 🙂

    Have a funtastic Friday and keep cool 🙂

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    January 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hope you got my last comment on this post Emu, as My computer seemed to do a flip and lost the server between comments.. If you didnt then again I say in short… Great Post and thank you for sharing photos and Captain George with us xxx and Grrrrr to gremlins on the line.. xox

  5. Zen and Genki

    January 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    That Curtain Fig Tree is phenomenal!

    • The Emu

      January 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      A beautiful and great ornate tree , hopefully I will get some great pics myself one day.
      Wishing you a great week my friend.

  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    How fantastic is this!! What a great post 🙂 Fantastic life 🙂

    • The Emu

      January 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Glad you enjoyed that bit of Australian adventure, hoping to do the trip with George one day.
      Take care my friend and keep smiling.

  7. chileanmaupitadaff

    January 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Loved the pics and I could read through your words you are such a kind and well considered man. i love all your stories.
    Hope you will have a fantastic year. My regards to you and Ana.

    • The Emu

      January 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my Aussie Emu space, glad you enjoyed your visit, I have another space called Aussie Ian which is primarily Love and Romance poetry, the link being, if you care to visit.
      Ana is from Chile and we were married in Valparaiso in 2009.
      Wishing you well and much happiness.

  8. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    January 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the photographic tour of Australia, or part of it. The story of the terrible heat and fires made me wonder about global warming, and weather this is part of the effects.

    • The Emu

      January 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      We are definitely seeing a change in the weather here in Australia over the last few years.
      Extreme heatwaves and bushfires are a part of life here and the bushfires erupt every year.
      At the moment we have fires in many places , last count was 98 here in New south wales.
      Hope all is well in your life and I wish you a great weekend.
      Aussie Emu

  9. jennygoth666

    January 10, 2013 at 6:34 am

    hi aussie im also on a regimental fb site its great to be back in touch with army friends i travelled with as a childrens nanny the regiment was the 15th 19th hussars and i was looked after really well love your pics on here im not on wp as much and by the way andro is not my husband or partner he was a internet aqaintance i was stupid enough to meet but we all learn by our mistakes im off to whitby for a long weekend have a great weekend aussie xxjen

    • The Emu

      January 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Goth girl, thanks for the visit and enlightening me on a few things.
      I remember you writing before of your military connections, your right it is great to meet up with old friends from army days.
      I see Androgoth has closed his space, we all make mistakes I suppose but its sad when it hurts our trust.
      I’m thinking of blocking Aussie Ian from coming into my space here, he gives me the shits sometimes, lol
      Take care Goth girl and keep smiling.

  10. suemacarthur

    January 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Great pics Ian, glad you got to see your friend again and hope you both meet up again soon
    Hope your both stay cool
    take care

    • The Emu

      January 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Sue, hope your not melting over your way, damn weather he is all over the place, 44 yesterday, rain overnight and today in the high 20s, we are forecast to get back into the 40s next week, still getting our annual bushfire outbreaks.
      Stay cool Sue and tell Ross to drink water in between his beers.

      • suemacarthur

        January 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        we got rain here today, for how long i dont know, would be lovely if it was for a week, but i think im only dreaming about that, did you get mail(post ) from in the last week,
        Take care my friend

        • The Emu

          January 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

          Hi Sue, late again in answering everything on the computer lately.
          Think I have answered before on this comment, anyway its monday night here, same as over your way, weather not so hot but getting ready for another hit of heatwaves next week, life is slow these days due to can’t be bothered doing anything.
          Dont seem to have much enthusiasm for anything lately, put it down to the weather.
          Fires up New South Wales way but we are pretty safe , a few local grassfires by idiots but thats about all.
          Cheers Sue

          • suemacarthur

            January 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

            Yes the fire have been very bad over your way and i know what your saying about slowing down with the weather,hot and muggy you just dont want to do anything,and it seem to been mush hotter this year and it come in early
            Take care my friend stay cool

          • The Emu

            January 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

            Hi Sue, yes its a weird weather we are having here, your right its muggy and I dont have the enthusiasm to do much at all.
            Take care Sue

  11. Monica

    January 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Love this post and blog, Ian – don’t know why it took me so long to figure out it was different from Welcome to My World!

    • The Emu

      January 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Certainly a different style compared to my Love and Romance site.
      This site is bits and pieces of anything.
      Wishing you a great Saturday.

      • Monica

        January 24, 2013 at 12:07 am

        I love the bits and pieces, Ian.

        • The Emu

          January 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm

          Good morning Monica, hope you are well and all is going okay in your world.
          Thanks for the visit and taking the time to read my story, glad you enjoyed it.

  12. Alex Autin

    January 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    You’re making me miss Australia! Great post and some very nice photographs.

    • The Emu

      January 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Alex, thanks for visiting, a very warm Australia here at the moment.
      Temperatures up into the 40s and bushfires breaking out.
      Hope all is well over your way.
      Have a beaut weekend.

  13. giselzitrone

    January 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Wundervolle Fotos und Bericht.Wünsche dir eine gute glückliche schöne Woche.Gruß Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      January 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Good morning Gislinde, glad you enjoyed the pics of outback Australia.
      Wishing you a beautiful day.

  14. natswans

    January 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Aww great post Emu , it great you Guy’s keep in touch. With so many stories to tell , thank you sharing it all. Hope you get to see George this year. The pictures are great and that old truck , my it’s quite low down to.
    The fires look terrifying , and those temp so high, phew!

    Enjoy your Day and drink plenty of water.
    Sheila 🙂

    • The Emu

      January 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Hi Sheila , do hope you are well and enjoying a new start to this year.
      I actually thought the old truch was great as well, old and neglected but full of stories.
      We are experiencing heatwaves here, temps over 40 for a week so far, today was 43 and its now half 9 at night asnd still sitting on 41
      So we are in for a hot night. Drinking water in between my beers, seems to help from dehydrating.

  15. prenin

    January 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for this Ian! 🙂

    Nice to know you guys keep in touch!!! 🙂

    The pictures are great, but the temperature is horrifying – I’d just be a greasy spot on the pavement if it got that warm here!!! 😮

    I’ve been watching the news reports on the fires in Tasmania and it looks really bad!!!

    Hope you and Ana stay safe my friend!

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      January 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Hi Prenin, yes the bushfires in Tasmania are bad, they are now sifting for bodies as there is about 100 people still not accounted for, this is only the start of our bushfire season, only hope we dont get a replay of the 2009 fires here in Victoria which claimed 173 lives.

      • prenin

        January 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        I agree!!! 😦

        Please stay safe my friend. Just thank God the house is a rental!!!

        Things can be replaced.

        You and Ana can’t…

        God Bless and take care!


        • The Emu

          January 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

          Good evening Prenin, 9.30 at night here and the temp is still sitting on 41 so we are in for a hot night, bushfires starting around the country now so we are going to have a long drawn out dangerous summer.

  16. Renee Espriu

    January 6, 2013 at 4:24 am

    The tree is absolutely amazing! I find trees to be such a wonderful part of nature and the more bizarre they grow the more amazing I find them. Thank you for sharing your friends journey with his coach.

    • The Emu

      January 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Glad you enjoyed that story Renee, the fig tree curtain is really something to see and they do actually grow for over 700 years.
      Saw one once in Northern Australia and like you say , it was amazing, makes you appreciate the wonders of nature.

  17. auntyuta

    January 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

    The Curtain Fig tree is just amazing. And thanks for telling us about this most interesting life of George and for including all these great pictures. Hope there’s going to be an opportunity soon to meet up with him again.
    It looks quite scary if the thermometer is approaching 50 C!

    • The Emu

      January 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Saw one of these fig tree curtains up Queensland way once Auntyuta and they really do grow over 100s of years.
      George was telling me that he does actually sweat lots whilst driving and is forever drinking water as he drives, thats even with the airconditioner on, dont envy his job but still its an exciting way of enjoying life.

  18. magsx2

    January 6, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Isn’t it great to catch up with old friends after such a long time, that is fantastic. 😉
    Really good photos, the tree is amazing, and I love the old jeep I can just picture the guys driving through the bush having a ton of fun in that in days gone by.

    Certainly has been hot in a few parts of Oz, we have had it pretty good here in QLD, a few hot days but seems to be milder than what it usually is, I feel for those that have to endure the heatwave.

    • The Emu

      January 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Damn hot down our way my friend, Mildura is riding a wave of temps over 40 for the next 5 days.
      Glass of water between each stubby, drank 24 glasses already and that was before breakfast, hehe.
      Not sure where you are in QLD but I lived 10 years in a place called Clifton, halfway between Toowoomba and Warwick
      used to get damn hot there too back before the drought broke.


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