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Red Desert was formed in 2001 by Anthony (Macca) and Karen McDonald. The business represents a life long dream for these two adventurers who escaped corporate life to spend as much of their time as possible "getting dirty" in the bush.

Anthony McDonald (or Macca as he is affectionately known) got the outback travel bug after his first trip to central Australia in 1980. He spent 10 years working for Pacific Dunlop in their Engel division as their National Sales and Marketing Manager. His role with Engel afforded him a unique opportunity not only to develop strong commercial relationships in the outdoor leisure and 4X4 industry but also to hone his 4X4 skills along the way. Anthony is a keen freelance writer and photographer and his work can be regularly seen in the pages of 4X4 Australia Magazine. In more recent times he has been engaged as a columnist for Australian Geographic and a cooking column for Caravan World Magazine's Camper Trailer Guide is also in the pipes.

Karen McDonald has a Bachelor of Business in Catering & Hotel Management. Her corporate CV includes 10 years at the helm of divisions of the largest recruitment company in the world, Adecco. These days her full time role with Red Desert is to keep Macca from getting up to mischief whilst handling the day to day administration, research and logistics for the business.

As a team Macca and Karen have a unique blend of skills which ensure that Red Desert clients are able to fully concentrate on their unique expedition experience while all of the details required for a successful journey are taken care of seamlessly in the background.

Red Desert is a registered food business, and has a liquor license which can be utilized for functions as required, both Karen and Anthony are qualified food handlers. Red Desert has public liability insurance for tours and catering Australia wide to $10 million (which is a requirement for all national park tour operator licenses which Red Desert has in most states). Karen and Anthony are also Level 2 First Aid qualified.

As you can see Red Desert works hard to ensure that all bases are covered at all times. We are happy to talk to you about your requirements as they relate to legislature around Australia to ensure that your business is well represented by us at all times.


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