Follow a couple of modern-day adventurers on rugged expeditions into some of the remotest corners and wildest frontiers of Australia. Using 4WDs, ATVs and boats, the boys venture deep into uncharted areas and face all sorts of logistical challenges, relying on their ingenuity, experience and a good measure of humour to reach their destination.
This series starts with a bang, as the boys head into a restricted area and put the 200 and the new 79 to the test with a little drag race on the runway. They take the opportunity to tour the ruins of the secret town of Maralinga, they hit some rain along their way west, stop at Cook for a coffee on the Indian Pacific, cross the Nullarbor and finish off at the scenic Wilson Bluff cliffs on the Western Australia border.
Jase and Simon start out having a good look at the Southern Ocean at the Eucla jetty, which was an essential part of the nation’s telegraph history, before heading further west, the boys head north to reach a cave they’ve heard about and do a little spelunking. The next morning, they take the buggies out to check out the track (and to have a little fun). They determine the trucks will be able to get through to a point, and the beach is always another option. They then hit the beach to try and reach their goal of Eyre telegraph station.
This week Jase and Simon head out from the Eyre Telegraph Station, check out the spectacular view of the 200-kilometer wide Baxter Cliffs and set up camp at a place called Wylie Scarp. They find a place to park the trucks and then get the buggies off to explore the Bilbunya Dunes, and the next day they move along the beach to the Israelite Bay ruins.
The boys continue their journey and stop for a look at some of the old features on the homestead in this neck of the woods. The weather motivates them to get to the Fraser Ranger station to set up for the night with a stew and a fire. Then it’s time to head west to check out the old goldfields, but they have some obstacles to overcome to get there. The next day they make their way to the scenic spot of Cave Hill and attempt some gold mining.
After a few weeks bashing across WA in the trucks, it’s time for Jase and Simon to meet up with the big boat and hit the water for an epic trip out to the Abrolhos Islands. There’s fishing and diving, but it’s not all fun and games, as the guys also get put to work collecting those yummy Abrolhos crayfish aboard a fishing boat. Later Jase does one of his famous cook-ups with that fresh cray meat and a bunch of surprise ingredients.
The boys head back to shore after their epic trip to the Abrolhos Islands. Their next goal is to get the boat from Geraldton up to Steep Point. Easier said that done when traveling down some of these tracks. It feels like they spend more time bogged than moving on this day, but it’s worth it for a quick stop at the powerful blowholes before finally getting that big boat back in the water to wet a line.
Jase and Simon take the gear across the barge from Steep Point to Dirk Hartog Island to do a bit of exploring. Their first stop is Dirk Hartog Lodge for a brief history lesson. A little cold weather isn’t going to stop these guys from trying their luck with the fishing rods. Back in the 4WDs, they head through the dunes to find another blowhole. But Jase loses his sunnies over the side and does some creative abseiling to retrieve them. (We don’t recommend trying that at home!) It’s a bit of hard going through the sandy tracks, but there’s a simple chocolate brownie for dessert once they set up camp. Back on the track in the morning, there’s more dunes and some sand-surfing. And there’s a bit of bush mechanics to fix up a tow bar problem of Simon’s before they call it a wrap on Dirk Hartog.
The boys are back on the mainland and head up the coast from Steep Point to the stunning Coral Bay where they hit the water. Jase battles a serious fish. How long will it take him to land this beauty? Back in the trucks, they have a little fun getting up the track. They even stumble across a bit of plane wreckage. After the boys returned with the footage, we contacted some experts in the field who believe it to be a previously unlocated wreck of a Catalina flying boat. That story is still continuing! At camp for the night, Jase cooks up a Roast Veggie Salad with a zesty avocado dressing to go with their fish. Simon declares it ‘really tasty’. The next day push north and make a stop at the Point Cloates lighthouse ruins and whaling station. It’s amazing to think what it must have been like in its hayday. They finish up with a crossing of the Yardie Creek.
ase and Simon take the big boat over to Ningaloo and have a swim with some of the amazing creatures who pass through these waters. Later they’re back in the trucks and help a couple of old mates getting out of a muddy boatramp, but not without a little trouble of their own. They have some luck with the prawn nets, and Jase also whips up a tasty banana cake for dessert.
We have arrived at the season finale of The Wild West, and this week the boys are travelling from Exmouth up toward the Pilbura. But a bit of a mechanical problem means it’s time to pull over to take a look. The wet weather means the shoulder is softer than anticipated as well, as the camera truck get into their own problem. The weather continues to be an issue, so they waste no time getting the big boat into the water at Karratha to head out to the remote Montebello Islands out in the Indian Ocean. They require extra fuel and fresh water on board which means there wasn’t a lot of extra room for fresh food luxuries. It’s time to live off the land, and Jase goes on a hunt for some tucker. The next day the boys go exploring in a mangrove creek and find some new underwater friends along the way.