Michael Atkinson, better know as Outback Mike, starred in the inaugural season of Alone Australia. We get the low down on where his adventure story began. 


Long before the lenses of Alone showcased his remarkable bushcraft prowess, Mike had been producing his own adventure films.

He sailed the Great Barrier Reef in a dugout canoe he made himself and escaped from the remote Kimberley relying on nothing but his survival skills and primitive tools.



Read more: Outback Mike is Sailing a Dugout Canoe Through The Great Barrier Reef


In This Episode We Cover 

  • Modern Day Castaway
  • Storytelling with history and place 
  • Getting into making adventure films 
  • Talking to Traditional Custodians 
  • Solo adventuring 
  • Emergency situations 
  • Alone Australia 
  • What’s next 
  • Tips – where to start with survival 

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Photos thanks to @outback_mike