The McLeod farm in Margaret River has been in the family for more than 100 years, and is where Neil McLeod’s story begins. You might even say tourism was in Neil’s blood from the very start – as well as running the farm, Neil’s father Dudley worked as a caves guide at the now-famous Lake and Mammoth Caves, while his mother Bernice worked at the Margaret River Hotel, built by Neil’s Grandfather Bernard McKeown in 1936 and run by the family for 36 years.
Neil’s family headed north in 1967 to Exmouth mostly because it was tough times on the farm, so their Margaret River property was leased. At 15 Neil left school and started working on “Fossil Downs” (a cattle station in the kimberley) and has worked most of his life in the North West.
In 1977 Neil worked with his brother Keith fishing for a living in Exmouth and in August that year he landed the catch of a lifetime when he met Coralie. In 1980 they were married in the Exmouth town hall with over 250 family and friend there to cellebrate the occasion. In 1982 their eldest son Daniel was born, followed by Hayden 1984, Casey in 1986 & the youngest Lincoln in 1990. For over 20 years Neil & Coralie owned and operated Ningaloo Safari Tours out of Exmouth showcasing the incredible North West Cape & Ningaloo reef. Guests from all over globe came to see the rugid cape range, breath taking beaches of the Ningaloo and hear Neils stories. In 2001 Neil won Western Australia’s highest honour for a tour guide “The Facet Golden Guide Award”. As the years went by their sons move away to the city to complete school and start their careers… So in 2005 Neil & Coralie made the decision to move back to the farm Neil grew up on in Margaret River.
McLeod Tours started with half-day scenic and cultural tours of the Margaret River region, but it wasn’t long before tours of the local wineries and breweries made the list that quickly expanded to the broad range of tours on offer today. In 2014 Lincoln the youngest son joined the business, it wasn’t a surprise to the family as Lincoln spent most of his weekends as a young boy on tours with his dad Neil and loved meeting new people and exploring.
Recognised by TV programs and special guests around the world.
In 2001 Neil was named the top tour guide in Western Australia, awarded the coveted Facet Golden Guide at the Western Australian Tourism Awards.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing you leave Margaret River with everlasting memories and a need to revisit. We want your journey to be the most enjoyable time away.
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Neil and his wife Coralie and son Lincoln operate McLeod Tours from part of the old family farm that Neil grew up on, sharing the Margaret River experience with visitors from near and far.
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