About

Donrita at Beyond Grey Nomads aims to help you make your travel dreams a reality

Do you feel you no longer can manage travelling, be it a holiday, a visit to family or friends or a necessary trip for health or business?  What if you could take a daughter to accompany you and deal with all the challenging physical issues on your behalf?

Think of Beyond Grey Nomads as a “hire-a-daughter” service – Donrita can accompany you all the way from the “dreaming and planning” stages through to travelling with you on the trip itself.

Donrita recognises that your travelling requirements are unique, not necessarily met by joining an organised group tour.

How it all began…

In 2014, Donrita moved from Sydney with her husband, Peter, and two of her children, to a 115 acre farm in East Gippsland.  Both Donrita’s “80-something” parents (Jan and Kitty) moved with them, building their own cottage on the family farm.  Jan and Kitty, having sold their Sydney home, found themselves with some cash to spare and considered joining a group tour to the Red Centre.  However they found that the prospect of spending weeks with a busload of strangers, with each day’s itinerary dictated to them was not their idea of a lovely holiday.  “I wish you’d come with us” said Jan to Donrita.

And so, although none of them knew it at the time, the first Beyond Grey Nomads experience was born.  You can read about their Territory Holiday on the Testimonials page.  In July 2017, on a holiday with them to Cairns and the Daintree, Donrita got to thinking that there may be a market in assisting seniors like her parents in travelling.  Fast forward to September 2018 and Donrita was ready to launch the “open-to-the-public” version of BGN.

Who is Donrita?

Donrita is a “retired homeschooling mum” of 6 now adult children and the grandmother of four.  She teaches piano and singing and directs church and community choirs.  She manages Reefman Arts Estate Retreat, a Bed-and-Breakfast business on her farm in Calulu, East Gippsland (15 minutes out of Bairnsdale).  Her personal motto is “I help people to find their voice” and she loves coaching advanced oral communications through the University of Newcastle, through her Toastmasters club and in small church groups of scripture readers with her own programme, Proclaimers’ Enrichment Groups.

Born in the Netherlands, she is proud of her Dutch heritage and in love with Australia.  Her favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands; Tuscany; anywhere in Holland where you can eat fresh herring and ride a bike;  Australia’s Red Centre, Top End and far north Queensland.  Donrita hopes to one day visit Tasmania, New Zealand, the Kimberley; France; Scotland & Ireland and more of England.

Read more about Donrita at her LinkedIn profile here