Fraser Coast mangrove tours first in the state
LINDSAY Titmarsh has lived among the mangroves of Tandora his entire life, and is about to share his unique experience with the world.
Mr Titmarsh, 68, is the first person in Queensland to be given a commercial licence to host walking tours of the mangrove forest growing on the eastern side of his property, on the banks of the Mary River east of Dundathu.
"The stuff out there is just magic," Mr Titmarsh said.
"You're not going to see it anywhere else.
"I like walking out there and having a look and I thought others might like to look at it too."
Mr Titmarsh applied for the licence in November last year through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
"They came out and had a look and agreed everything was alright for tours," he said.
"I had to get Butchulla approval and I got that."
He said the department was interested to see if the tours proved popular.
Mr Titmarsh has mapped out eight different "walkabout" tours, most following tracks made by the feral pigs who live in the mangroves.
The walks vary in difficulty, but those interested in joining a walk should expect to leave with their shoes and ankles caked in mud.
Over the years of living and exploring the hundreds of acres of mangrove-covered land, Mr Titmarsh has built up a lifetime of knowledge of the 10 different species of mangroves and at least 25 different types of crabs living on his property.
He said he hoped to prove tourists did not have to go to Fraser Island or Hervey Bay to experience something unique to the Fraser Coast.
"You can go all over the place and a million people have been there before, but where you're going here, only a few have seen it," he said.
Mr Titmarsh will be running the tours every second Saturday depending on the tides, with his first tour already booked out.