Michael Brown and Scott Goodman (aka Adventure Blokes) have figured out how to combine passion with creativity… and still hold down full-time corporate jobs.
Before we start, check out this vid Adventure Blokes put together on their most recent trip.
So to get started, who is Adventure Blokes and what are you about?
We founded Adventure Blokes (AB) while we were road tripping around Scotland and Iceland at the beginning of 2016 and that was when we first created the name.
We’ve been best friends from the ripe age of 6 years old and we continue to share similar passions, whether it’s hiking, photography, camping, 4×4 or planning our next adventure. We had always been explorers and sought adventure long before the creation of this brain child. Mike was a sponsored fisherman, and Scott loved motorbikes and four-wheel driving.
Ever since we started sharing our journey of Iceland and Scotland, it’s just blossomed and grown rapidly. We both still have corporate jobs and live in the heart of suburbia in Sydney but every weekend or chance we get, we adventure into nature to press pause on reality.
Our journey is about documenting the vast expanse of nature and the immense beauty it holds. It’s truly awe-inspiring swimming under a thundering waterfall or sleeping under the Milky Way. It’s basic, yet the emotions are so complex. We just want to capture those moments and allow others to experience a glimpse of it and to encourage them to follow suit.
Where is home base for Adventure Blokes?
As we mentioned, we’re both from Sydney. It has provided us with so many adventures and experiences which are all so close to home either in the Royal National Park or Ku-ring-gaI National Park and even down south to the highlands or west to the mountains.
From your experiences what are the best 3 things to take on expeditions?
Number one priority for us is always a camera! We’re no professionals behind the lens but we’re on the learning curve and improving our skills. We’ve recently picked up a drone and it’s seriously revolutionised our imagery and capabilities.
Number two would be a first aid kit! When you’re going off the beaten track to reach that swimming hole or scaling rocks to get that sunset photo, you’re bound to be on the receiving end of some cuts and scrapes. While we don’t want to think about it, being prepared for the worst is always the right way to approach a trip.
Number three would be patience! When you’ve been walking for kilometres and you’re wondering if it’s worth it or you took a wrong turn somewhere, just relax and have confidence in yourself. Just remember that beautiful and hidden spots are more often than not difficult and tough to get to.
Secret Addition: Dust pan and Brush when camping! Nothing worse than sand and excessive amounts of dirt in your tent and sleeping bag! $2 will save your life!
You’ve just been on a trip, tell us about that!
We recently decided that we wanted to spend New Years out of Sydney and escape the hustle and bustle of the festive period. So with a few great mates and 2 kitted out four wheel drives we made our way down to the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia through Wagga Wagga and Mildura and then back home via the Great Ocean Road.
We ended up covering close to 4,500kms over 2 weeks and discovered some amazing sights but we made sure to always be close to some sort of running water to combat the summer heat and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
We can’t recommend exploring our own country enough. People often overlook it to travel international which we highly recommend and promote but we just hope that you don’t forget to explore our little slice of heaven either!
What locations really stood out for you and why?
# 1 Mount Gambier Blue Lake
This really got us by surprise! We never thought we would see such a deep and vibrant blue within a Lake. Be sure to check out the video for some awesome drone footage.
# 2 New Years at Corny Point
Being from Sydney, we are used to spending New Years surrounded by crowds. Well, 2016 was a nice change to that. We literally had kilometres of beach to ourselves, surrounded by crystal clear water, good friends and the Milky Way – what more could you want?
# 3 Innes National Park
Although we weren’t that lucky with the weather, this park is amazing with an abundance of adventures around every corner. We will never forget our first day where we welcomed by the local Emu’s – if you haven’t been, be sure to add this one to the list.
What’s next on your Aussie bucket list?
A tough one, but exploring more of NSW’s South Coast is surely high on the list. However, there has been some talk on taking on Tasmania in the coming adventures! In saying that, we are always looking for the next adventure, so sing out if you have any suggestions and be sure to check the Instagram for upcoming updates.
Most memorable adventure?
We have been pretty lucky to see a lot in the past few years. A key stand out would have to be road tripping around the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This place is magical with coastal cliffs, historic folklore and castles! Not to mention being able to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights on our first night at Portree! That was a massive bonus.
If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
Tough question, for us, adventuring is our escape from the corporate world. In saying that, we would have to say on a tropical island – perhaps somewhere off Fiji or New Caledonia – sitting back on a beach, sipping on a coconut with a fishing line in the water.
Feeling inspired, grab some mates and hit the road…