12000 Kilometres - 7 States - 4 Blokes - 0 Petrol Stations

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About The Green Way Up

We are four Young Aussie Adventurers driving around Australia without filling up at a petrol station! How do we do it? Find out on TV, we filmed the whole adventure/challenge and created 6 hours of quality TV!

In our first series, the Aussie Way Up, we travel 12,000 kilometres around Australia in a four wheel drive running on waste products. We even have a dip in Bass Strait with Morella, our homebuilt boat, a 6 metre tinny made out of recycled aluminum, a second hand truck engine and a few tins of veggie oil.

Along the way, we have a look at all sorts of interesting things that Australians are doing to make this country a little more sustainable. Bringing Spanish food to Australian farms, capturing cow farts and getting extreme thrills from clean energy, all this in more in The Aussie Way Up!

Link through to our page on National Geographic.  Do us a favour and leave a comment!

Used cooking oil from the Pub bistro – or that potent oil dripping off a peking duck hanging in the shop window, or fat from a camel hump – it doesn’t matter, we can change all of it into biodiesel!

The Green Way Up Team

The Episodes

It took us three months to travel 12000 kilometres around Australia without filling up at a petrol station. Our TV series covers the whole adventure, from Tassie to Darwin, week by week, 30min episode by 30min episode, learn a bit about each in the gallery below - click on an Icon for more.

Episode 1

Episode 1

The gods of smooth sailing certainly are angry with us. It seems like we can never do anything smoothly. After all the problems with our preparation, all the setbacks with our production and all the money we didn’t have for contingencies, we were happy to finally get on the road. Of course, as soon as Morella had her maiden voyage, she bogged Sherpa in the sand. Portentous? Absolutely. Bob fell in the water, Chuck floated back out to sea and Justin and I ran around like morons, kitted to the brim in all our awesome Helly Hansen gear, busy picking up sticks to place under the wheels to get some traction. We were now an hour late for our Hobart appointments, and Andy and Morgan (our camera dream-team) captured the whole embarrassing affair in HD, between giggles.

 

This little affair is pretty run of the mill for the trip, as you are going to see from week to week. In fact, it only gets worse. Still, it’d be boring if everything ran smoothly, right? So cheers to the spirit of adventure and triumph over adversity.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Chuck spent months and countless hours* putting together our trusty biodisel motorboat, Morella. Most of it was constructed on Bob’s farm, ‘Duckmaloi’, about 2hrs north-west of Sydney.

While Oscar and Justin worked on sponsorship, finance and production issues related to the documentary in Sydney, Bob and Chuck made a move to the farm for a few months and hand-built Morella from scratch. One Steel gave us all the metal required but we also needed some extra cash for the motor, communications equipment and some odds and ends to complete our much-loved vessel. So we knocked up a project description on Pozible – an Australian crowd-funding website.

Don’t believe what governments around the world tell you; the internet can be a wonderful place, abound with generous and helpful people (in fact we met a lot of our biodiesel contacts over the net). We raised just over $20 000 which gave us almost exactly what we needed to get Morella ready to hit the big, bad Bass Strait. The people who contributed will forever be enternalised in a plaque to be installed on the boat before we commence our next and final leg from Darwin to Signapore. We’re hoping to then donate Morella to a needy island community in SE Asia (to assist them with cargo hauling etc) when we finish.

How did we get the name Morella? People who contributed various amounts of money via Pozible will receive extra tid-bits after we finish our final biodisel leg (eg. DVDs etc). But the highest contributor got naming rights to the boat. That lucky couple, my parents (ha ha of course!), chose to name it Morella.

Thanks to all the people who made the birth of Morella possible.

Alan Crabbe

Courtney Tight

Leah Kate Harapa

Tatham Oddie

Beck Murray

Gav Murray

Adam Trouncer

Alex Feetham

Ruchir Punjabi

Kirsty Wagner

Steve O’Malley

India Pembroke

lucy haege

Rosemary Fordree

Roger Nallen Pettersson

David Maxton

Roz Minifie

Victoria Johns

Dave Gregory

Charlotte Calder

Catriona Hancock

Lee Lo

Kate Fitzgerald

Marty Trembath

Nick Lonie

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* Because there was so much work to do, the final push to get it done happened in the 10 hours before we had to leave to make our way to our start point in Tasmania! Chuck and Bob couldn’t finish it by themselves so Chuck called in favours from his brother and every friend he had to get the job done.

Episode 3

Episode 3

Chuck, Bob, Justin and Oscar – weren’t we looking flash…now that I look back at it, Fresh too. At this point in time, we’d only put ourselves through one week of the Green Way Up Challenge – from the bottom of Tassie to Sydney. About 2000kms without a petrol station to get this far, too easy. Here the four of us are lining up for our official launch party at the Hilton in Sydney. It was a top night, from what I can remember.

Episode 4

Episode 4

At this point in time we had been out on the road for about three weeks, and you can tell by the photo that the rigors of biodiesel production are starting to take their toll. Not in the sense that I’d had enough already, but more that the constant filth and pressures of making biodiesel were slowly sending me mad. The sort of crazy you get through lack of sleep – or when you’re doing the lawn edges with the whipper-snipper and a rock flicks up and chips your tooth – or like when you’re climbing a coconut tree to get a coconut and you reach the top only to find out it was a mango tree all along. Making biodiesel turned out to be an annoyance that became part of everyday life. But don’t get me wrong, it was all worth while, I love a challenge – it just turns out that filling up at the petrol station is a lot easier than making your own fuel…

Episode 5

Episode 5

It hadn’t been a good start to the day. The electric bikes that Zero Motorcycles had leant us to take all the way to Norway (episode 4) had been drenched by torrential north coast downpours and Bob and Chuck were busy taking them apart to try and dry the circuts out.

Bored of fooling around on our laptops and scruntaising budgets to see how much longer we could afford to keep this show on the road (great pun right?), Oscar and I decided to take a break and organise a bit of ‘green adrenalin’ for the four of us. Looking through a brochure of things to do in Byron Bay, we soon found something the four of us were dead keen on: hang-gliding.

Despite Oscar almost losing a testicle on landing, we ended up having an awesome time. One of my clearest memories is the sheer force with which the glider picked up off the runway when we went to take off. Instead of drifting out over the cliff, we went straight up like some sort of wind-powered rocket. We then proceeded to cut huge arcs around the Byron heads, about 400 feet over the foaming ocean. For the four of us, this really drove home how much energy is being harnessed by those wind-farms we’d been driving past all over the country.

Episode 6

Episode 6

There’s nothing quite like rocking into an Outback town in Australia and rummaging through the local Vinnies for pure amusement’s sake. You never know what you might find. In Bob’s case, it was a chance to transform the tight jean wearing Sydney DJ (ie. me) into more of a rural man of practicality. Sort of…obviously drinking kid’s drinks is still something I enjoy as you can see from the photo and wearing the shirt didn’t really make me any more practical than I had ever been.

I never really stopped wearing my ‘spray on’ jeans but I also never took off the King Gee workwear shirt Bob bought me for $3. It was comfy and definitely helped me fit in a bit more into the Outback scene, if only for image’s sake. Thanks Bobbo.

Episode 7

Episode 7

Yep, a swim in the Simpson desert!  Trapped in between two of the famous red sand dunes of the Simpson desert we found a knee deep pool of flood water – offering us a much needed break from the heat and flies of the outback.  This quick cool off made the road into Alice Springs a whole lot sweeter – a sugar coating that we really needed because things were about to turn sour – very sour…

Episode 8

Episode 8

It’s not everyday you’re in the Australian Outback. And it’s not everyday when you are there that you drive over a dune in the Simpson Desert and find flood waters on the otherside. Having hung out with bush mice (see Chuck’s complaints at the beginning of Episode 8) and various other forms of Outback rodents for a few weeks, we were well aware that life in the red centre was thriving after the recent Queensland floods*. But nothing prepared us though for what was actually quite a stark and beautiful site as we took Sherpa over one of the first Simpson dunes we managed to cross – bright red Outback sand and crystal clear blue waters. A once in a lifetime sight – floods in a desert.

*These covered an area larger than Britain and France combined and drained off into parts of the country’s interior, like the Simpson.

Episode 9

Episode 9

There’s something about isolation – after enough of it, and after long enough without looking into the mirror, you tend slacken the reigns on style.  There’s definitely an outback dress code.  Despite being fully aware of the cameras following me around each and everyday, I let myself go…  Between never seeing anybody and constantly being filthy, style just became unimportant.  Let’s also not forget about the outback heat – definitely justifies the short shorts. The outback dust and flies – justifies tucking in your singlet?  Cm’onn…

Just quietly, the style caught on and was later adopted by Oscar, Chuck and even Justin… Check it out on Nat Geo Adventure Channel, episode 9 tonight – 8:30pm..

Episode 10

Episode 10

Now I’m not saying that we didn’t have time to enjoy ourselves on the road but sometimes a bit of designated Rest and Recreation didn’t go astray, particularly after hours of being couped up in the car.

Our chosen location in this instance was a gorge somewhere deep in Western Australia’s Kimberely region. Boys being boys, we decided it was a good idea to scale, and jump from, a large rock in the middle of a river flowing through it*. Chuck, being Chuck, decided it would be an ever better idea to get some mid air jumping footage with a Go-Pro. We spent the next 30 minutes taking turns trying to find it.

It was these little adventures along the road that we ended up enjoying the most, and the Kimberely more so, with all of us agreeing it was probably our favourite place in all of Oz.

*This was partly aided by a group of 8 year old girls who called us ‘chicken’ for initially deciding not to jump.

Episode 11

Episode 11

We all had our favourite methods of getting away from it all whilst on the road with each other and the film team. This was Chuck’s: Whack on the headphones, grab your guitar, take off your clothes and stride away into the undergrowth in search of solitude and a bit of ‘me’ time.

What did the others do? Oscar played computer games, mucked around with his boxing gear or updated our social media accounts; Justin went for long runs into the abyss by himself, or plugged into his laptop to produce fully sick dance music, and Bob spent most of his time with his head under the bonnet making upgrades and/or repairs to keep us on the road.

  • Hey guys just finished watching your series again for the 3rd time! I’m so jealous of you fellas, wish I had of done something awesome like this. 

    Glenn Lemon via Facebook
  • Awesome show boys absolutely loved it wish I could have done the trip with ya’s looked like blast.

    Louie Laenen via Facebook
  •  Have you seen these guys?  Tasmania to Darwin on bioderv with no fuel station stops! Awesome.

    TPB via Twitter

4 Guys on a Mission

We are the Green Way Up team.

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Biodiesel Bob View Details
Oscar Peppitt

Oscar Peppitt

Banker Extraodinaire View Details
Justin Hancock

Justin Hancock

Sponsorship Whizz View Details
Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson

Welding Weapon View Details
Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Biodiesel Bob

La-dee-da babble bores Bob – he’s certainly not a nine to five man. After studying aeronautical engineering over 4 hard years, he only lasted 8 months in a desk job. Trained to fly planes, drive trucks and ride motorbikes, Bob’ll be giving you stories and videos hard and fast, it won’t always be pretty and it most likely won’t be well thought out. What you’ll get is horsepower, thrust, speed and g-force – mix a bit of sustainability into this recipe and you’ll get all you need to know about Green Machines of the future.

Oscar Peppitt

Oscar Peppitt

Banker Extraodinaire

Oscar spends way too much time on the internet, so you could say this is his field of expertise. He used to write, major in and panic about finance but now he spends his days trawling for fresh green ideas from all around the world, which he then writes about. He loves traveling and hates complacency, but hasn’t yet done anything about it. So he’s off around the world, the big adventure that all the kids his age want to do, and he wants you to join him.

Justin Hancock

Justin Hancock

Sponsorship Whizz

Justin studied International Relations and Anthropology at university and then went on to involve himself in activities that had absolutely nothing to do with either of those topics. An incredibly boring 12 week corporate internship resulted in a dillusionment with suit and tie jobs, a love for music transformed into DJing 5 nights a week, and a lot of free time during the day led to The Green Way Up. So far, so good with the follow your nose tactic

Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson

Welding Weapon

The Cat In The Hat – quite possibly the first and last book Chuck has read. Chuck would rather be [insert anything here] than working a 9-to-5 desk, or a 7-til-8 as it’s turning out. He surfs, fools around with blowtorches and works a 60 hour week, doing things that are probably too much fun to get paid for. He enjoys making good ideas work, and the rest of the team makes sure he sits down at a computer long enough to tell you about them.

We are good at

Remote locations, off road travel & making fuel from waste helped develop our unique set of skills. We reached proficiency of:

Making biodiesel from camel fat
20%
Collecting waste vege oil from unsuspecting pubs
60%
Fixing problems created by our poor preparation
90%
Making edible tinned meat lunches
85%
Sharing our swags with field mice
70%
Not powering our vehicle on fossil fuels
100%

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