Chief Explorer Profile

Getting To Know Chief Explorer Carola

This month, we get to know Carola, who has been a Chief Explorer with Explore Tours Perth since June 2016.

“I was born and raised in Perth’s northern suburbs by Dutch parents who originally came to Australia by “assisted passage” in 1968. I married a New Zealand born Dutch guy (who I met here in Perth) and we have 3 adult children (aged 23, 21 and 19). I was a stay-at-home mum for most of those years until recently when I decided to get my bus driver’s licence.

I worked for a school bus charter company driving school children around for about a year and then decided I needed a job which showed more of my personality and that’s when I stumbled across Explore Tours Perth which has turned out to be an amazing job. I spend my days with people who are in “holiday mode” and generally relaxed and happy and I get paid to share my passion and enthusiasm for our local attractions and have a fun day out! What more could a girl want?!!

I love the outdoors, camping, beach walks and swims (with my dog!), driving, cooking and sewing.  My husband and I recently spent 5 weeks driving from Darwin to Perth with a caravan and my favourite spot in WA would have to be the Kimberley Region (northern part of WA). Everything about the Kimberleys is extreme: it’s extremely hot, extremely wet (when it rains), extremely rugged and red and extremely beautiful with stunning landscapes, waterfalls, gorges and sunsets. Don’t be put off by the temperatures up there as they add to the flavour of your holiday, honest! My favorite overseas country to date is New Zealand – the scenery is breathtaking, the lakes are crystal clear with amazing colours and the hot springs are heavenly to dip into! So far I’ve only visited the south island and hope to do a trip around north island soon.

Which of our tours do you enjoy most?

“Ummm, that’s such a hard question to answer as I love them all and each one has something that I love. I’m a huge lover of animals so the Penguin Island and Caversham Wildlife tour is definitely up there as one of my favorites, but I equally love the Pinnacles and Margaret River!

Whats the best thing about our tours?

One of the best things about any of our tours would have to be lunch!!  Haha, yes, every lunch venue is amazing in its own way and I always get fed so well!  I think it’s awesome being a Chief Explorer at Explore Tours Perth – I really feel like part of the family. Can’t wait to see what new tours Adam comes up with and getting involved with sharing these with all our wonderful guests from around the world!”

Find out more about our intrepid group of Chief Explorers here or book Carola’s favourite tour below:


Book Carola’s Favourite Tour – Pinnacles & Lobster Day Tour:


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Comments (2)

  • Char

    Carola is awesome! Her enthusiasm and passion for WA are infectious. She genuinely cares about providing a great experience for those she takes on tours. It’s hard to believe she hasn’t been a chief explorer for years because the role suits her perfectly 🙂

    • Heather van Heerden

      That is fantastic feedback, thanks so much for commenting! We will pass it on to Carola. We think she is great too 🙂

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