“Find something you love doing and do it as much as possible!” This is the motto of Brodie Shields, our featured Adventure Seeker this week. This young, Aussie bloke doesn’t waste weekends sitting at the pub yarning about the ‘what if’. He’d rather be out exploring his local tracks with good mates or planning his next interstate adventure while sharing a beer in front of the campfire. Like most aspiring ‘Tourers’ he has a stack of iconic Australian four-wheel drive destinations on his Bucket List, and we have no doubt, that this focused, young man will tick them all off. Enjoy Brodie’s story.
Name: Hi I’m Brodie Shields
City and State you live in? Canberra, ACT
Describe yourself in 5 words. Adventurous. Funny. Determined. Laid back. Passionate
What are you up to right now? I’m nearly always on the road every weekend. I try and escape to the outdoors and get out exploring. I’m currently planning a trip to Tassie next year.
What is your current off-road vehicle including your set-up/living arrangements?
I have a 1997 ln106 single cab Hilux 2.8 TD ultimate tourer with a rooftop tent, full custom tray set up, 12v system/draws/fridges and awning. All built by my brother and me from the ground up.
How old were you when you started your 4WD adventures?
At 18 I started getting the feel for the outdoors and purchased my first 4wd. It was a 1981 Hilux, and it all went from there.
Who inspired you into this ‘adventurous’ lifestyle?
A group of mates that were always getting out and about going camping and I started tagging along with them. I was bitten by the 4wd bug and got one myself.
Most memorable destination in Australia and why?
It has to be Cape York cause it was my first massive trip I had done and I loved every minute of it. It’s such an awesome part of this country.
The most bizarre experience you’ve encountered on your travels?
Would have to be up in FNQ at the Hann River Road House in Cape York. I saw an emu eat breakfast off my camping table which is not something you see every day.
What’s your favourite dish to cook when camping?
Describe your ideal campsite.
Somewhere off the beaten track. Should be a challenging track to get into camp. By the water and a good view to take in while watching a sunset with a cold one.
What Australian Tracks are on your bucket list?
The next big trip for me is to Tasmania. I’ve seen amazing clips and photos of what lies over there, and the idea of putting your 4wd on a boat across the Bass Strait will be an epic adventure.
I’d also like to get over to WA, SA, do the Simpson desert and visit Birdsville. Pretty much, I’d like to travel all over Australia.
Name one product you wouldn’t leave home without
My Nikon camera and my drone. I like taking epic pictures and footage and keeping it for memories 👌
Connect with Brodie
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