May 26, 1998
Nick Wheatley, 48, from Brunswick Heads (NSW)
10 minute wait, Bangalow off-ramp to Brunswick Heads, 1967 Valiant Safari
Photo taken on hill behind Byron Bay
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His story was, for me, perfect and managed to sum up everything my journey was about in one short, to the point sentence: “In 1969 I was travelling through
That was it – his life story (so far) all there in 42 words.
He’d arrived in Australia 28 years earlier with a rucksack and his surfboard, and headed for Noosa which had a population of only 300 (Tewantin-Noosa’s 1998 population: 26,000).
From Noosa he went to
The last time he was in
Normally, when the work was there, he was a carpenter, but that night in May when he stumbled across me he was on the way home from helping his brother put his bathroom in.
He’d owned the Valiant Safari for three years and overall, in its lifetime to date, it had done 900,000km!
What a beast!
Even the name Valiant Safari was beast like!