In 2004 Asher Telford a local skipper on Tongarra and Julie Telford a backpacker from the UK met in Airlie Beach. In April 2011 they became the proud owners of the mighty Tongarra Sailing vessel and began their amazing journey in the Tourism Industry. In 2015 they built a custom-made vessel and launched a new and exciting day boat called Thundercat.  After two years of planning the product Ride to Paradise began in October 2015 and became an instant success for the region.

Paradise Cove Weddings & Events is the newest venture after constant feedback from visitors to the resort.  The venue has hosted some large events and their first wedding being held in July 2018.

Red Cat Adventures prides itself in choosing the right staff for each product. The company is now lead by a great team of managers and on-board boat crew. The success of the business is due to long term employees, hard work and a dedication to the environment and tourism Industry.


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Julie Telford


AKA: Jules

From: Hull, UK

Hobbies: Being a mummy, running & drinking fine red wine

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Asher Telford


AKA: Ash

From: Kangaroo Island, Australia

Hobbies: Breeding Red Cats

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Michael Whelan

Head Skipper

AKA: Mick

From: Melbourne, Australia

Hobbies: Camping/fishing

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Todd Huston

Resort Manager

AKA: Toddy

From: Adelaide, Australia

Hobbies: Adventuring, scuba diving, rock climbing

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Kane Templeton

Skipper & Deckhand

AKA: Tempy, Frank

From: Hamilton, Australia

Hobbies: Bushwalks with Uncle Ivan

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Kerstin Altmann


AKA: Any name that sounds like Kerstin (as nobody can pronounce it!)

From: Bavaria, Germany

Hobbies: Digging 4WDs out of the mud

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Mark Huston

Operations Manager

AKA: Mark

From: Adelaide, Australia

Hobbies: Lady pleaser

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Tayla Johannesen

Marketing Assistant

AKA: Tay Tay

From: Airlie Beach

Hobbies: Going on adventures

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Rebecca Crane

Office Manager

AKA: Bec

From: Perth, Western Australia

Hobbies: Drinking champagne!

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Christie Murray

Reservations Assistant

AKA: Chris

From: Whitsundays, Australia

Hobbies: Running

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Coen Jennings-Mckay


AKA: Coco

From: Pottsville Beach, NSW

Hobbies: Surfing, Free diving and Sailing

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Chris Leverington

Sales and Marketing Manger

AKA: Levo

From: Gold Coast

Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Photography and Surfing

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Jayden Popenko



From: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Hobbies: Competitive paper scissor’s rock


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Bill Holden


AKA: Billbob

From: Belgium, UK

Hobbies: Diving

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Micheal Mills

Deck Hand

AKA: Mikey

From: Gold Coast, Australia

Hobbies: Surfing, Beach walks and Candle making.

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Tanisha Gill-Andrews


AKA: Neesh

From: Sydney, Australia

Hobbies: Sailing, Socializing and being outdoors.

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Ali Alty

Events Co-Ordinator

AKA: Ali

FROM: Perth, Australia

HOBBIES: Travel, Cooking & Drinking wine.

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Amy Jullian

Deck Hand

AKA: Amy Jay

From: Raglan, New Zealand

Hobbies: Camping, Travelling, Dancing & playing Guitar.

We’re excited to announce that our epic red boats are back in action! With the easing to stage 3 restrictions, we are now able to operate under a COVID Safe Business Plan. This means we have reviewed our operations and developed comprehensive management plans and hygiene protocols to keep you safe.
We thank you so much for your support during this tough time, and we can’t wait to see you out on the water soon!