Terry Done has been a regular Guest Lecturer with the company since 2004, doing several cruises per year on Kimberley and Tasmanian coasts. Terry is a long-time resident of Townsville, where he was a Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and where his two children were born. Terry’s presentations range from marine science, coastal explorers, aboriginal art and use of the land, and how coastal landscapes were formed. He is a keen photographer, videographer and movie producer, and a member of a community choir in Townsville. He has travelled widely in Australia and overseas, but still rates the Kimberley coast, with its wildness and its ancient land forms, as his favourite of all destinations.
When and how did you first become associated with Coral Expeditions?
I chartered the original Coral Princess (wooden minesweeper) for two five-day charters to the reefs off Townsville in 1988. I took international coral reef scientists on diving field trips to AIMS study reefs before and after the 1988 International Coral Reef Symposium, held in Townsville. I was a scientist working at AIMS studying the biological variability of reefs across the GBR. I retired in 2007 but am still an AIMS Associate.
Later, Tony Briggs invited me to accompany a GBR tour out of Cairns on a fairly new CE1, introducing the reef to people from the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Natural History.
What has been the highlight of your association with Coral Expeditions?
I have done more than 50 Kimberley cruises with CE since 1998, and I still rate this as my favourite destination. I feel lucky to be present when people’s jaws are dropping and their eyes light-up as they first experience Kimberley’s magic. And is a great pleasure to be able to fill in the background of natural history stories and coastal exploration for the guests.
Another among my top highlights is an early morning cruise up the King George River, when those cliffs glow a brilliant orange
Can you share some insights into the people you have worked with at Coral Expeditions – any friendships or strong relationships formed? Any anecdotes you’d like to share ?
It’s hard to single out anyone. All the crews are extremely competent and friendly.
What about the guest experiences you’ve witnessed – any anecdotes you’d like to share?
It’s always a thrill when a guest tells me ‘that was the best day yet’, especially after our time on Montgomery Reef.
Which is the favourite destination that Coral Expeditions has taken you to? What made it special? Can you share a memorable moment?
Sunset drinks on Edeline Island with my brother Chris, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of our father’s birth.
Any significant or personal Coral Expeditions milestones you’d like to share?
I was a bit apprehensive about CA because of its larger size and need for two Xplorers. But I love the beautiful ship and am very impressed with the systems in place to make the operation work so well.