David Nelson

David Nelson


The combination of a passion for wildlife and a love for adventure has taken David to some of the most remote and surprising places. Originally hailing from Sydney, he got hooked on ecological field work and after completing his studies in biology began a life of nomadism as he worked, volunteered and travelled his way all over the continent.

He has learnt much from spending time in Australia’s North, including while researching wildlife at Fogg Dam near Darwin, conducting fauna surveys in the Pilbara and extensive exploration through the Wet Tropics and Cape York.

After feeling the Kimberley’s pull for many years, Dave’s first visit started as a road trip, turned into an extended stay and ended with a decision to base himself indefinitely in the region. On top of exploring the highlights of the area he has taken part in fauna research projects, lived and worked at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Mornington Sanctuary.

Outside Australia, his love for the rich biodiversity of the tropics has taken him on expeditions to search for and photograph wildlife in Borneo, Costa Rica, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

In contrast, Dave feels just as at home deep in the remote deserts and arid regions of Australia. As a tour guide in Central Australia and leading research expeditions in the Simpson Desert, Dave has introduced hundreds of people to the diversity and culture of these regions.