Hi we’re Fleur and Mike the people behind Dufflebird.
We have a love of travel and a zest for adventure. Before we met we both traveled extensively to the far reaches and beyond. During those travels we were invariably attracted to places that were off-the-beaten-path. It was those places that left the greatest impression on us, where we felt most alive.
This sense of wanderlust has seen us explore much of South-East Asia and the Pacific so far. Our honeymoon was a delicious three month tryst to San Francisco, Burning Man, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Our passion for holiday accommodation has been born from this love of travel.
However before we began Dufflebird neither of us worked in the travel and tourism industry. In fact far from it.
My first career was nursing (Fleur here by the way!). I had a thirst for challenging work and specialised in Critical Care. The majority of my career was spent working in Intensive Care Units in big city hospitals. But I also found it fulfilling to travel to more remote places such as Alice Springs, The Kimberley and Great Southern in W.A. In 1999 I got a Green Card and spent four years working as a Travel Nurse in the USA including stints in New York City, San Francisco, Hawaii and Alaska.
Mike on the other hand studied Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at University. His Masters’ degree thesis was on helping people understand design through plans and 3D drawings. That led to Mike establishing a 3D-visualisation-company that kept him entertained for 20 years. It was sold in 2014 to concentrate full-time on Dufflebird.
In 2010 we moved from frenetic inner-city Melbourne to the peaceful coastal town of Anglesea, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Married for 14 years, we are raising two primary school age children whilst we dedicate our working energies into Dufflebird.
The irony is not lost on us that as we espouse the importance of unshackling and escaping from ‘the daily grind’ we ourselves are contactable 24 hours a day. Lucky for us then that we have found work that feels more like a hobby than a job. In fact it’s our passion and purpose! We feel so grateful when we review our ‘guest books’ and read how our places have made a genuine difference in people’s lives.
At the end of the day that is what Dufflebird is all about. When our guests are smiling so are we. We hope to be able to host you on your very own unique getaway experience very soon.
All the very best...