Catherine Walker, X-Wing Tours Brisbane: Ten Questions

As an Arrested Development fan I loved the idea of getting my Gob on and zipping around on a Segway, hopefully avoiding any Lucille Two moments while I was at it. On a recent trip to Brisbane I finally had the chance, but rather than stepping up onto one of the original Segways my first experience was on a miniature version.

X-Wings are smaller, zippier versions of a Segway, and when I first saw one on Brisbane’s South Bank next to a real Segway it looked like a little sports car compared to a 4WD.

I took my first lesson and tour with Catherine Walker, owner of the X-Wing Tours in Brisbane, and fell in love with that gliding feeling. I was a bit nervous at first but Catherine made it so easy to get accustomed to riding one that I was soon cruising along South Bank with her, chatting and laughing as we went.

By the time the tour was over I was hooked and couldn’t wait to do it again. The business is only relatively new, having started in June this year, and I loved Catherine’s enthusiasm and energy. So of course I had to ask her 10 Questions…

Mini Segway X-Wing Tours on Brisbane's South Bank

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is watching people have fun as they glide around on the X-Wings (mini segways). The X-Wings bring a smile to everyone’s face and it makes me so happy to see people enjoying our machines as much as we do.

If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?

More tour operations throughout Queensland!!!

What’s something about your role that you wish people understood?

There’s a bit more to the job then just having fun on the tours.

What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?

Spend time with my husband and two kids. Since starting our business, either myself or my husband has been in at South Bank working the tours so we have not been together as much. I don’t mind what we do, it’s just so nice to all be together. I do love a day outing to the beach with the family on a nice, sunny day, or getting out to the country. I really enjoy a day out of the hustle and bustle.

What’s a cheap and cheerful food secret you (usually) only tell your friends?

Adding Braai salt onto steak when barbecuing. It gives the meat a great flavour!

If money was no object, where would you go for lunch or dinner?

Thailand! My favourite food is Thai, I can’t go past a good curry. My husband and I had dinner on the beach in Ko Phangan one evening many years ago and it has stuck in my mind ever since. It was so relaxed, dining on the beach, watching the sunset, drinking a cocktail, eating Thai food. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

Where do you take a friend when they come to visit?

X-Wing Tours at South Bank of course. Seriously though all visitors of ours are taken to South Bank. It’s a great setting along the Brisbane River with the beach and city backdrop and fabulous restaurants. It’s one of those must dos of Brisbane.

What’s the best shopping experience in town?

Revamped Queen Street mall.

Is there a local tourist cliché that’s actually worth doing?

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, how can you resist a cuddle with one of those cuties? Or Mt Cootha for great views of Brisbane city.

Is there a tourist attraction nearby that you can’t believe you still haven’t visited yourself?

Eat Street Markets at Hamilton Wharf. I have heard such great things about it, it’s right up my alley with exotic, international cuisines, music, live performers. Sounds like a lot of fun.

X-Wing tours leave from the Brisbane Wheel at South Bank from Wednesday through to Sunday all day, starting from 10am. Prices start from $20 per child and $20 per adult and you can find out more and book by visiting the X Wing website.

Amanda took part in her X-Wing tour as Catherine’s guest and stayed in Brisbane as a guest of the Hilton Brisbane. 

You might also like to check out this guide to some of the best places to visit in Brisbane for more great holiday ideas.

Catherine Walker and Sylvain Gautier, X-Wing Tours, Brisbane

 

Want to check out some more travel tips from tour guides? You may like to read what John Moran, the Alcatraz Night Tours manager shared, or perhaps get some tips from one of the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb guides, Emily Pressnel.

About the Author

As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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