About Us

 
 

Owner operators Vinnie and Katie are two passionate humans with a combined 40 years experience in Hospitality and Tourism. Cape Discoveries was born from the desire to give you a unique memorable guided experience in this natural wonder at the end of the Great Ocean Road. 

 
 

 About Your guide

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Vinnie, a qualified Horticulturist/Arborist left his trades at the age of 27 to work the winter months in the ski fields of Mt Buller, at the same time starting seasonal work with Seals by Sea Tours in Cape Bridgewater as a coxswain/guide in the summer of 98.

Over the next 20 years Vinnie worked between his 2 passions, the mountains where he spent 6 years working as an Environmental Officer for Mt Buller, Mt Stirling Resort Management, and any given chance back to the seal tours in Cape Bridgewater, where his passion for surfing, photography and the coastal lifestyle were fulfilled. 

Vinnie has since swapped the mountains for the red escarpments of the Kimberley where for 6 months a year, over the dry season is a Certified Savannah Guide and Coxswain at El Questro Station.  Vinnie has a deep respect and passion for aboriginal culture and all things natural. Cape Discoveries guided tours brings together a diverse background of knowledge and experience to share, all in his backyard.

 

Vinnie on Cape Discoveries vision.

“We live in one of the most beautiful, diverse, wild coastlines in Australia with a rich Indigenous and European history, unique geological features and the natural phenomena known as The Bonney Upwelling, this area deserves recognition, it’s an extraordinary part of Australia. I’ve had a good insight into the industry, along with a lifetime of experiences having spent years wandering this country and surfing around the coast.  With the vision of what could be, it didn’t take long to work out a route showcasing its many highlights.” 

 

His Wife katie

After growing up in Melbourne, Katie moved to the country in her late 20’s and lived in Mansfield Victoria for 13 years. She spent a number of those years working for Lovicks High Country Adventure where many weekends were spent riding through the mountains as a trail guide.  Katie now calls Cape Bridgewater Victoria and El Questro Station in the Kimberley home for 6 months of the year after a move a couple of years ago.  She has 20 years experience in hospitality and tourism and was a well known face around Mansfield in the service industry where her warm welcoming smile is remembered by many. 

 

Katie on Cape Discoveries Vision

“Cape Discoveries is born from passion. We’re combining our strengths, working as a team and creating something unique to the area. Come venture with your barefoot guide and experience the natural wonders of the South west Coast, ‘Where The Wild Things Happen’.”

Photography Credibility

 

Over the years I have spent thousands of hours on the ocean and walking the surrounding coastline, I got my first DSLR in 2006 and in following years it become my passion and gave me the ability to capture some of the amazing wildlife experiences I was seeing almost on a daily basis. In 2007 I entered the now Australian Geographic, ANZANG Nature Photographer of the year and that year and following years have been commended come runner up and won 2013 landscape photographer of the year. My highlight as a wildlife photographer was having one of my photos on the cover of Fur Seals and Sea Lions. CSIRO .Australian Natural History Series book.  

 

2OO7

  • Anzang nature and landscape photographer of the year.

  • Runner up animal behaviour: keepings off, australian fur seals.

  • Highly commended, botanical subject: late evening kelp, druvillaea potatorum.

    2008

  • anzang nature and landscape photographer of the year.

  • Highly commended, animal behaviour: common dolphin smile.

  • Highly commended, animal behaviour: double trouble, new zealand fur seal pups.

    2009

  • Anzang Nature and landscape photographer of the year.

  • Highly commended animal portrait: snobat, common wombat.

  •  The Complete Guide to The Great Ocean Road.

2012

  • Anzang Nature And Landscape Photographer Of The Year.

  • Highly Commended, Animal Behaviour: Australian Fur Seal Breach.

2013

  • Cover Of Fur Seals And Sea Lions Csiro Australian Natural History Series.

  • Anzang, Australian Geographic Nature And Landscape Photographer Of The Year.

  • Winner Landscape Photographer Of The Year: Reflections Of Fire.

    2014

  • Anzang, Australian Geographic Nature And Landscape Photographer Of The Year.

  • Highly Commended, Threatened Species: Mountain Pygmy-Possum.

  • Feature In Wild Australasia Book, 10 Years Of Anzang Photo Competition.

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