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
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.