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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Asher Telford


AKA: Ash

From: Kangaroo Island, Australia

Hobbies: Breeding Red Cats

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Julie Telford


AKA: Jules

From: Hull, UK

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

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Michael Whelan

Head Skipper

AKA: Mick

From: Melbourne, Australia

Hobbies: Camping/fishing

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Todd Huston

General 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

Skipper & Deckhand

AKA: Mark

From: Adelaide, Australia

Hobbies: Lady pleaser

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Damien Drew

Bus Driver

AKA: Damo / happiest bus driver in the world

From: Slums of Balmain, Sydney, Australia

Hobbies: Professional choc brownie taster & working on tan

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Jiah Graham



From: Northern NSW, Australia

Hobbies: Collecting vintage tea cosys

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Chloe Autridge

Sales & Marketing

AKA: C-hole, Choley

From: Matamata, New Zealand aka ‘Hobbiton’

Hobbies: Hoarding animals

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Cameron Butler


AKA: Cambo

From: Goondiwindi, Australia

Hobbies: Fishing

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Rahn Stokes


AKA: Stokesy

From: Sunshine Coast, Australia

Hobbies: Dolphin training

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Gemma McGill

Reservations Manager

AKA: Kiwi, Gem

From: Queenstown, New Zealand

Hobbies: Music and snowboarding

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Tayla Johannesen

Marketing Assistant

AKA: Tay Tay

From: Airlie Beach

Hobbies: Food

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Charlotte Jemison

Bus Driver + Host

AKA: Shetland

From: Manchester, UK

Hobbies: Horse Riding

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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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Remy Bailey


AKA: Rem

From: Sydney, Australia

Hobbies: Sailing