Are you ready to venture beyond the bitumen and explore the untamed beauty of Australia’s rugged landscapes? Episode 1 of Season 16 is just days away and promises an unparalleled adventure from Brisbane to Sydney, taking the road less travelled—through dirt tracks, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and pristine beaches. This journey isn’t just about reaching a destination; it’s about discovering the hidden jewels that lie off the beaten path, where the true essence of adventure begins.
Australia, a land where the vast majority cling to the comfortable and spectacular eastern coastline, is about to reveal its wild side. Pat, having called this side of Australia home for the last 30 years, is setting off on a challenge that will open our eyes to the beauty that development has left untouched. The mission? To traverse from Brisbane to Sydney, not via the conventional highways, but through the heart of nature—on the dirt.
In Episode 1 he’s kicking off this journey from Brisbane’s sandy doorstep, North Stradbroke Island, before diving west to the Condomine River, venturing further inland to the Springs 4X4 Park, and the Tenterfield region. The route is a treasure map, leading to some of the most stunning 4X4 tracks southwards, promising surprises at every turn.
Accompanied by his good mates, Josh Leonard, and the adventurous Odell Harris, Pat is not just taking us on a journey across landscapes but also through a story of friendship, passion, and the relentless pursuit of adventure. The show’s real stars, however, are the rugged Ford Ranger and Everest, veterans of cross-continental journeys, now ready to conquer new terrains after some tender loving care. Viewers will get an exclusive look at the preparation that goes into such an expedition, from upgrading vehicles with the latest gear to ensuring they are ready to tackle any challenge the outback throws at them.
So, if you’re a fan of 4X4 touring, eager to see Australia like never before, or simply in search of your next adventure, this episode is for you. Join us as we clamber down the Great Dividing Range, through forests, along gorgeous dirt roads, and onto the sands of Stradbroke. It’s an adventure that promises not just to explore the physical landscapes of Australia but to traverse the very spirit of exploration and discovery.
Don’t miss out on this epic journey. Tune in to Episode 1 this Sunday the 11th at 2pm AEDT to kick start your adventures.