Meet Your Guides

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Tony Sharley

Managing Director and Guide

Tony grew up on the Murray River at Renmark. He is the creator of Murray River Trails, inspired by the magic of the Murray River and a career living and working on wetlands in Australia’s Murray Darling Basin and around the world.

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Lauren Ward

Operations Manager

Lauren knows every inch of Murray River Trails and has been a part of the team from day 1. Her role has grown from communications and guiding to managing the overall operation of tours, digital marketing and welcoming you, our guests to this incredible part of Australia.

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Heather McNaughton


Heather's passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors is hard to hide. Her enthusiasm is shared through her interpretation of the environment and her past experiences living on Calperum Station (a property you walk through) making her very familiar with the landscape and its flora and fauna.

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Drew McDonald


Drew's passion for Murray River bloomed when he began guiding with Murray River Walk in 2019. He loves sharing conversations with guests about a range of topics, but if you get the chance, be sure to ask him about his musical talents!

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Kaila Willis


Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, Kaila has swapped Pacific Salmon for Murray Cod and has fallen for the Murray River completely. Kaila loves the opportunities for adventure Australia offers and loves sharing them with our guests.

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Sam Sharley


Sam's life has always involved the Murray River, hiking, camping, fishing and telling stories. A talented wordsmith and musician, he's recently returned from many years in Vancouver, ready to share the passion for his childhood backyard.

The crew were so incredibly skilled and knowledgeable and everything so streamlined. They work so tirelessly so that we could have an incredible holiday as well as learning experience. Really appreciated all their efforts.
John, VIC

Join Our Guiding team

Guiding for Murray River Trails is a unique opportunity to work in an amazing part of South Australia and to meet people from interstate and around the world.

Murray River Trail guides are at the heart of the magical experience we offer.

Guiding is a challenging job, requiring high levels of responsibility and accountability.

You must enjoy talking to people and be able to work in an open, cooperative team with your fellow guides to achieve high levels of guest satisfaction.

For more information about becoming a guide for Murray River Trails, please send your expression of interest and CV to

Please outline your experience and/or capability in the outdoor recreation industry and why you would like to join the Murray River Trails team.

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