Dave began exploring Australia as soon as he was old enough to escape Sydney. He was born in the city but his heart was in the bush. There are few places in Australia that Dave hasn’t trekked on foot or explored in off-road vehicles. He even took to the sea as a crew member on the Tall Ship HMAS Bounty during the Bicentenary in 1988.
Dave first trekked Kokoda in 2006 and began leading expeditions across the trail in 2011. He has now led more than 31 groups across the trail.
Dave is a natural leader – a quiet achiever with outstanding bush skills, great physical strength and a detailed knowledge of the Kokoda campaign. But More importantly he has earned the respect of our Koiari and Orokaiva leaders and guides because of his natural interest in their culture, their welfare and their development.
When Dave is not trekking Kokoda he is leading groups through the Grampians National Park in Victoria.
'Dave Sherry was an unbelievable leader! He was so passionate about his job and it was infectious! The way he told the stories about the troops and recited the poems made the trek all the more worthwhile and meant so much more while on the trek. He was able to create a picture in my mind to make it all the more realistic! Dave was a genuine man and truly made you feel part of the group. He knew when you needed a chat and was constantly on the look out for everyone.'
'Dave showed us his level of passion for every aspect of the trek. He led us in such a way that he was an average down to earth guy that people choose to listen to and follow. We didn’t listen because he made us, we listed to him because we respected him and he respected us.'