Paul Hendriks

 “The Journeyman” – Paul Hendriks

Paul’s passion in life has always been Outback Australia – Road Trips & Outback Tracks, Camping, Fishing, 4 Wheel Drive Touring, Ute’s, Dogs, Country Towns, Stations & Outback Life in general… he is fascinated by Explorers, Drovers, Pioneers, Bushrangers, Stockmen & Drovers…  so with over 35 yrs spent travelling Australia, Paul wants to share his knowledge, experience & passion with people from “All around the World” – so you too can safely travel this incredible continent with confidence, knowledge & knowhow… with “Journeys Across Australia”

So Paul has decided to combined his passion, skills, knowledge, & lifetime of experience to showcase to the WORLD as “The Journeyman”…  Enjoy!

 

A bit about Paul & the Story behind “The Journeyman” Concept…

This concept was conceived by Paul Hendriks, who at around 45 years of age found himself searching for his real purpose in life, whilst staring down the barrel of divorce after 21 years of marriage. 18 months later he found his answer, & so “The Journeyman” was born…

Pauls passion in life has always been Outback Australia – Road Trips, Camping, Outback Tracks, Fishing, 4 Wheel Drive Touring, Utes, Dogs, Country Towns, Stations & Outback Life in general… so Paul decided to combine his passions, skills, knowledge, & lifetime of experience & showcase this to the WORLD as  “The Journeyman”…

Now for a bit about Paul’s Outback travels…

His 1st journey into the “Great Australian Outback” was at 12 yrs old in 1975 with his family to a little Country town called Surat in lower central QLD to visit his Grandmother ‘Dot Smith’ & to bury his Grandfather ‘William Smith’ who had suddenly died. He distinctly remembered being fascinated about crossing the border into Queensland from NSW & insisting that he be woken up by his father if he was asleep, thinking there must be a difference between the states.

Since that initial Outback Experience Paul has crisscrossed all states of Australia on many, many Outback Travels. Here is a quick rundown…

At just 17 he packed his swag & with his mate Tony and drove an old 1965 Ford XP Ute on a Road Trip for a month thru all Outback Towns in north/west NSW & in south/central QLD… also living off the land with his brother Peter along the Barwon River.

 

At 19 he found himself heading North driving an Old 1961 Split Window Kombi Ute from Sydney to Darwin again with his mate Tony & both their dogs Hog & Snap with just a haversack in 1983.

Journeys ‘Across Australia’

He crossed the incredible Nullarbor Plain at 20 in a 1963 Holden EH Ute with 2 dogs & swags in the back… plus has spent more than a dozen good years Camping, Fishing and Hunting on private properties…

He has completed 2 separate full Around Australia Journeys being 6mths & 12 months starting way back in 1983 at 19yrs of age, when most Outback roads were still just dirt tracks, leaving Sydney in that Old 1961 Kombi Split Widow Ute and returning in a 1963 Holden EH Ute they bought in Perth after their Kombi motor blew up.

IMAG0362Paul & wife Michelle completed a full 3 week honeymoon in Tasmania by 4 wheel Drive in 1987 at 23yrs old in a 1985 Dual Cab Hilux Ute, plus a Complete Full Year Around Australia Off Road Touring Trip camping in a Swag in 1994 at 31 yrs old again with his then wife Michelle in another 1987 Dual Cab Hilux Ute.

He has since completed many, Off Road Touring Journeys with friends & family…The High Country VIC, The Simpson Desert SA, Alice Springs NT, Birdsville, Longreach & Cape York QLD, as well as many coastal NSW & Victoria trips away.

Also a Fly Fisherman…

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Paul was Sydney’s 1st & only Professional Fly fishing Guide & Instructor for over 5 yrs & was the face of “Sydney Fly Fishing” during the Olympic Games in 2000.

Paul completed several TV segments for the The Great Outdoors with Ernie Dingo & Diane Smith… plus segments on Rex Hunts Fishing Adventures with TV presenter Steve Starling as well as having regular Radio & Newspaper segments and columns in Sydney…

Many magazine articles have been written about Paul & his professional Fly fishing operation of which many worldwide clients would deliberately seek out Paul for his enviable reputation in both service & results on both Saltwater Estuary Fly fishing around Sydney/Pittwater for Kingfish, Salmon, Bonito & Tuna + Freshwater Rivers along the Hawkesbury/Nepean & Colo River Systems for Pauls favourite – Wild Australian Bass…

To say Paul is a passionate & a very competent “Great Australian Outback” Adventurer, Bushman, 4 Wheel Drive Tourer, & Fisherman who has that very real & genuine love of Outback Australia would be a very big understatement… just ask Paul this question yourself & he will tell you he feels he has just so much more to learn and see, experience & showcase about Australia – that he’s impatient to hit the road again with Louise & their 2 Rescue dogs… Lexi & Rose

Paul Hendriks