Our story begins with an adventurous young boy who spent much of his childhood exploring a magical island which he called K’gari. Growing up, Mark spent his school holidays exploring an enchanted sand island just a short boat trip from where he lived in Maryborough. He spent his days chasing sand crabs, catching worms, fishing off the beach, and of course, like any kid does when they spend time on the beach, he built lots of sandcastles.
A quiet but adventurous kid, Mark spent his days marvelling at the many natural wonders that are found on the island and asking his parents all about them. He was always hungry for knowledge and read many books about the island studying the regions history. He was fascinated by the natural history of the island but so troubled by the history of it’s peoples.
Little Mark eventually grew up, and by grew up we mean into a big kid with responsibilities. Eventually after teaching for a while he started his own adventure company and named it Drop Bear Adventures, a company that we are proud to say does things a little differently to the rest.
With Hana by his side, the biggest green hearted eco warrior you will ever meet, this nature loving duo head up K’gari’s most sustainable and culturally progressive tour company, K’gari Fraser Island Adventures.
Having met and fell in love on K’gari we have a strong connection to the island. Before we laid roots here we spent time travelling the world and experiencing many different cultures but for us, no place was quite as magic as K’gari. We have been guiding and hosting visitors to the island for over 10 years now and we are as passionate as ever about connecting people to one of the world’s most special places.
Sharing our happy place with people and teaching them about its uniqueness in the natural world is our dream. Sadly, the story of K’gari’s people is not unique to Australia’s regrettable treatment of this counties First Nations People. A troubled past littered with injustices to the island’s traditional custodians, the indigenous Butchulla, Ngulungbara and Dulingbara peoples.
Today we pay our deepest respects to all indigenous tribes around the world and feel especially connected to the Butchulla people, some of whom are close friends.
We are on a mission to be the change we want to see in the world and we push ourselves to be our best every day. To us, being our best and doing our best is our biggest drive and we think it’s about time we do things differently. Guiding tours and hosting guests who visit this special place is an absolute privilege and not something that we take for granted. We are on our way to being the 1st carbon negative company on K’gari, something that has taken many years of hard work, work we are very proud of. We are also the creators of K’gari’s Community Beach Clean Ups; a partnership between us, Ocean Crusaders and the community. Every year we host over 100 volunteers who join us for 3 days to help clean up 125kms of beach. So far we have removed over 7tonnes and the event is only in it’s 3rd year.