From the Australian outback to the Marlborough Sounds, a modern crocodile Dundee is set to tackle his next adventure.
Estate agent Grant Douglas grew up on apple orchard near Hans Herzog and went to boarding school in Christchurch before training in masonry and brick laying.
Now the former property developer and Harcourts estate agent has left his walkabout ways behind him to branch out on his own.
The newest Tall Poppy Real Estate franchise in Picton was launched at the beginning of the month.
Grant Douglas says he’s always had a love for the outdoors, which is why he’s settled in the Marlborough again after living and working in Japan and Australia.
His building skills took him to Japan in his early 20’s.
“I’ve led an eclectic life.
“Between working as a tradesman in my early career, to developing property in Blenheim, I’ve always travelled.
“I’ve spent a significant amount of time guiding tourists in the remote Kimberly Region of Western Australia and also in Kakadu/Arnhem Land near Darwin – living in a swag, cooking on a campfire every night and exploring vast tracks of land,” he says.
Now settled in a home in the Grove Arm near Picton, Grant says his time in Oz was “right up” his alley.
“I trained with a bushman who taught me how to catch snakes and how not to get eaten by crocodiles; it was a good life.”
As a guide, Grant spent 30 days at a time taking people into the bush.
“It was a nomadic lifestyle, but a great one.
“Everything was cooked on a campfire … we spent a lot of time in Aboriginal country living off the land.
“It got to the point that I could tell what time it was by the stars,” he says.
But the lure of home finally proved too much.
“I finally got sick of living out of a suitcase,” he says.
“On any given day I can come across a pod of dolphins when I’m out showing a client a home and will often begin the day watching the sunrise on my jetty.
“It’s exciting to be able to combine my love for the outdoors with my love for property”.
To contact Grant email [email protected]