I’m an Australian travel writer specialising in the outdoors and adventure. My scribblings and photos have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world, and I’m the author of Lonely Planet’s A Year of Adventures, which was turned into a five-part BBC series; lead author of its Walking in Australia and Cycling Australia titles; and also author of Headwinds (the tale of my 20,000-kilometre bike ride around Australia) and various other tomes for Lonely Planet and other publishers.
I’m a hiker, a cyclist, a paddler, and an occasional climber with an irritating case of sewing-machine leg. But I’m also a father, a reader and the bloke you might see happily trundling around alone on my bike when everyone else is in a bunch.
My writing has earned a number of awards, including best adventure travel story by the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) in 2015 for a feature about hiking the week-long Overland Track with my nine-year-old daughter. I’ve also won the ASTW’s award for best travel story about Australia three times in six years (2010, 2013 and 2015), as well the Australian Geographic story of the year in 2003.