David “Tom” Gardiner
Having spent his childhood in Darwin, Tom has now returned to live in the Northern Territory, working in Indigenous Tourism and Recreation, but East Gippsland was his home for many years and he has worked as a guide for Gippsland High Country Tours since 1992.
He still returns from time to time, mostly guiding our walking tours and brings his own special brand of humour, a strong background and qualifications in Tourism and Outdoor Recreation plus a great passion for the environment and sustainability.
“Prior to getting a ‘Real’ job, I had, what I would call an ‘Outdoor Obsession’ and would often disappear into the wilds with my Kombi, mountain bike and backpack for a vertiginous sojourn.
I have paddled with 5mt Crocodiles (not recommended), scuba dived with Tiger sharks (amazing) and currently live in an original house on the verge of Litchfield National Park with two pet snakes and too many spiders.
I continue to be drawn back to East Gippsland, with its mountains, tall trees, isolated coastlines, wetlands and alpine wilderness bushwalking (where I once created ‘constellation custard’).”