Paul’s passion for driving buses began as a child when he caught the school bus driven his ‘Uncle’ Darce. In his early 20s he realised his dream and began driving for Festival Tours, travelling much of South Australia and beyond. In 2000, the owner of Festival Tours retired, and Paul and Monica embraced the opportunity to combine their passion for travel, driving buses and sharing it with others, by buying the business and continuing to offer tours for seniors under a new banner – Endeavour Tours.
Monica ArberyOwner & Accounts Manager
Monica began Endeavour Tours with Paul in December 2000. Her passion for discovering scenic back roads, hidden gems and enjoying the beauty of our wonderful country were the perfect basis from which to start Endeavour Tours. When Endeavour Tours began, Paul and Monica were newly married. Since then, the wider Endeavour Tours family has watched and shared with them as their own family has grown. Paul and Monica now have three beautiful children who share their joy for getting out and about!
DeanTour Guide and Driver
Born in Strathalbyn, Dean knows the Fleurieu and rural SA well. He has been a Firefighter for over 35 years. With Endeavour since 2008, Dean has driven tours across the full breadth of Australia, has a particular love of the outback and the north, and is passionate about providing good service. He’s also toured overseas to many countries. Dean and Moira have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. Dean’s hobbies include fishing, travel and the bush.
CelesteTour Guide and Driver
Celeste’s path to Endeavour Tours has been an interesting and diverse one, including early stints in agriculture and hospitality, working in the arts, driving city busses and running the State’s annual seniors’ festival for COTA SA. Married with two grown children, she is also a proud granmama. Celeste’s love of travel, history and the natural world is shared on every journey taken with our passengers. Raised in the country in both Canada and New Zealand, her passion for landscape, animals, birds and the open sky encourages all who travel with her to marvel at the beauty that surrounds us.
PeterTour Guide and Driver
Peter was born in Melbourne in 1956 and spent his early working life with homeless and unemployed youth in Victoria and SA. After cycling through the UK and Europe with his future wife, Rosie, they ran a cycling holiday and hire business until the arrival of their two daughters. Other work has included regional economic development and 18 years in the wine industry. In 2008, Peter spent 14 months at the Mawson Research Station, Antarctica as Station Leader. Recently, he has established JamJar Life Stories which focusses on recording peoples’ life stories. He is also studying history and creative writing… as well as working for Endeavour.
MichelleSenior Tour Planner
Michelle was born and raised in Broken Hill. After completing a degree in Tourism at the university in Albury, she worked in a range of tourism-related jobs including Goulburn City Council, Questacon in Canberra, Mt Lofty Summit and Cleland Wildlife Park before starting with us in 2011. She is our Senior Tour Planner and takes charge of organising all our fantastic tours. Michelle is married to Jamie and does lots of after-hours volunteer work for their two children’s school and sporting clubs.
Originally from Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia, Lilly migrated to Australia in 1994. She earned a Degree in Tourism at UniSA and has worked in tourism and hospitality ever since. A passion for unique Australian landscapes and people guided Lilly to Endeavour Tours. When not in the office, Lilly loves spending time with husband, two boys and an Old English Sheepdog named Charlie. Road trips at least once a year take them to wonderful places around the country. Favourite spots in Adelaide are Carrick Hill and Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens and, further afield, Lorne and Cairns.
MelissaCustomer Service Officer
Melissa was born in Canberra, grew up in Adelaide and worked as a Japanese-speaking Tour Guide. She has lived overseas for the past 20 years – Singapore, Japan and Dubai – only recently returning to SA. In Dubai, she owned a fitness centre, did charity work, and mentored students in their English. Melissa loves to travel and has built schools in Nepal, climbed fortresses in Iran, attended weddings in Lebanon and visited Santa in Lapland. Together with her husband and 3 teenage daughters, they are enjoying exploring South Australia. In her free time, you may find her sipping coffee at one of Adelaide’s cafes, or cooking up an international storm in her kitchen!