27 Jul 2011 3:28 PMSusan Guthrie
Ian Black, owner and founder of Geo Nature Tours and Walks, is a passionate lover of nature, interested in Gold Coast geology, flora, fauna and indigenous history. Meet the man behind the Gold Coast's fascinating walking tours.
In the early 60s the Gold Coast was a favourite holiday destination for the Black family, but in 1968 the move from Victoria to lovely Palm Beach was made permanent and south-east Queensland became Ian’s new home.
A keen surfer, Ian has always loved nature and actively sought to protect it attending his first meeting at Duranbah regarding the Tweed wall aimed at stopping sand movement onto the Gold Coast at age 15.
In 1994 Ian joined the Gold Coast Bushwalking Club and developed an immediate interest in local flora and fauna, especially their indigenous uses. His curiosity about the Coast and hinterland led him to research as much as he could about Gold Coast history, geology and formation. Ian has read all the books available from the Queensland division of the Australian Geological society and is considered an expert in the area.
In October last year Ian got to spend a thoroughly enjoyable week with geological expert, Warwick Wilmot, who was updating his book, Rocks and Landscapes of the Gold Coast Hinterland (Expanded Third Edition). Ian was also honoured to contribute some photos to this edition.
After noticing and admiring the wonderful brahminy kites that hover over Burleigh Heads National Park, he became passionate to learn more and recently completed two short videos on these lovely raptors who make the Coast their home.
Ian’s keen interest and love of indigenous culture led to an invitation, which he has gladly taken up, to join a small group from the Yugambeh Museum on the Drumley Walk in August as preparation for the walk being made open to the public next year.
After working in the building industry all his life, Ian decided to put his love of the local area, enthusiasm and incredible knowledge to good use by creating GEO Nature Walks and Tours. His vast library of books, photos and passion for nature will ensure you have an unforgettable experience filled with interesting, accurate facts, beautiful wildlife and stunning natural landscapes.
The added extras: also a keen rocker, you could even learn a dance step or two on your walk with Ian. Enjoy!