Father-of-two going blind sells his tour bus so he can travel Australia with his kids

Father-of-two going blind sells his tour bus so he can travel Australia with his kids
  • Daniel Reddicliffe has slowly lost his eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa since 16 
  • Daunting severity of his condition pushed him into selling his DuckBus business
  • He wants to see the best of Australia with his kids before he goes totally blind

Brooke Rolfe For Daily Mail Australia

A father on the brink of total blindness has made the life altering decision to sell his lucrative business and tour the country with his kids before everything goes black.

Daniel Reddicliffe has slowly lost his eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa since being diagnosed as a 16-year-old, but it has savaged his eyes rapidly in recent months.

The daunting severity of his condition pushed him into selling his company, the tourist-favourite DuckBus in Airlie Beach, on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast.

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Daniel Reddicliffe (pictured) has made the life altering decision to sell his DuckBus business and tour the country with his kids before he can't see anything 

Daniel Reddicliffe (pictured) has made the life altering decision to sell his DuckBus business and tour the country with his kids before he can't see anything 

Daniel Reddicliffe (pictured) has made the life altering decision to sell his DuckBus business and tour the country with his kids before he can’t see anything 

Mr Reddicliffe (pictured with children) hopes to see the best of Australia with his children Lachlan, three, and Olivia, one, before his vision is completely gone 

Mr Reddicliffe (pictured with children) hopes to see the best of Australia with his children Lachlan, three, and Olivia, one, before his vision is completely gone 

Mr Reddicliffe (pictured with children) hopes to see the best of Australia with his children Lachlan, three, and Olivia, one, before his vision is completely gone 

While the 30-year-old isn’t fussed about travelling overseas, he’s determined to experience the best Australia has to offer with his children before it’s too late.

At the top of his must-see list is a tropical destination off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, but beyond that he hasn’t got anything major planned.

‘Believe it or not I really just want to see Frasier Island,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘After that I pretty much want to go up around the top end of Australia. I don’t really have any desire to travel overseas as trying to walk through airports frightens the hell out of me.’

The daunting severity of his condition pushed him into selling his company, the tourist-favourite DuckBus (pictured) in Airlie Beach, on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast

The daunting severity of his condition pushed him into selling his company, the tourist-favourite DuckBus (pictured) in Airlie Beach, on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast

The daunting severity of his condition pushed him into selling his company, the tourist-favourite DuckBus (pictured) in Airlie Beach, on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast

While the 30-year-old (pictured) isn't fussed about travelling overseas, he's determined to experience the best Australia has to offer with his children before it's too late

While the 30-year-old (pictured) isn't fussed about travelling overseas, he's determined to experience the best Australia has to offer with his children before it's too late

While the 30-year-old (pictured) isn’t fussed about travelling overseas, he’s determined to experience the best Australia has to offer with his children before it’s too late

Mr Reddicliffe is an optimist and wields the strong belief that ‘if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’, but he admitted he’s been ‘freaking out’ the past six months.

‘They said I would be 40 or more before I lose my sight but the way I’ve been feeling the last few months I would be surprised if I had another five years,’ he told Nine News. 

Having been recently declared legally blind by his doctor, Mr Reddicliffe said its not entirely practical for him to be operating his much-loved business anymore. 

‘It actually got to the stage now where it’s not safe for me to be a deckhand on the tour,’ he said.

Mr Reddicliffe is an optimist and wields the strong belief that 'if you don't laugh, you'll cry', but he admitted he's been 'freaking out' the past six months

Mr Reddicliffe is an optimist and wields the strong belief that 'if you don't laugh, you'll cry', but he admitted he's been 'freaking out' the past six months

Mr Reddicliffe is an optimist and wields the strong belief that ‘if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’, but he admitted he’s been ‘freaking out’ the past six months

Had his poor vision not forced him to sell-up, Mr Reddicliffe said he would have loved to continue running his touring business. 

‘It’s a fantastic business, if I had good eyes I would drive it and do the commentary, it would be bloody unreal. But now I just want it sold so I have a bit of a life.’ 

When he’s finished traveling he hopes to utilise his love for writing, which he currently expresses on Duckbus Dan, or even try his hand in radio or advertising.

Until then, he hopes to cash in on his famous Duckbus, which is listed Whitsunday Coast’s First National Real Estate, taking offers more than $500,000. 

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