A journey of self discovery, following passion and finding purpose.
Lauren and Justin defied convention, logic and societal expectations by embarking on a journey of 1800km on foot, unaccompanied and self supported through Australia’s Outback with their one year old daughter, Morgan. Over 102 days they walked from the heart of Australia to the coast battling extreme temperatures, suffering severe sleep deprivation (thank you teething!) and dehydration, dodged snakes and dingoes and created memories that will bond their family together forever. By embarking on an epic journey at the most unlikely of times, they reconnected as a family, uncovered what really is important and discovered that we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for.
Corporate and Impact Strategist | Sustainability Advocate | Adventurer
Lauren Jones is a pioneer for settling down differently. After having a child with her partner and adventurer, Justin Jones, the family set out on an expedition to prove that adventure doesn’t have to stop where family begins. With their one-year-old daughter Morgan, Lauren and Justin covered 1800km on a self-supported expedition from the centre of Australia to the coast. Lauren is a spokesperson teaching others, and learning herself, how motherhood and family can not only co-exist, but thrive with adventure.
Lauren wasn’t always an adventurer…in fact before she’d met Justin she’d only been camping a handful and had spent more time climbing the corporate ladder than mountains around the world. For over 15 years she’s worked in big corporates globally using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Explorer | Storyteller | Adventure Thinker | Risk Mitigator | Keynote Speaker
Justin Jones – otherwise affectionately known as Jonesy, is Australia’s pre-eminent Explorer, key¬note speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller.
Over the past 18 years he has made a career of undertaking huge, epic, record setting expeditions around the world and sharing these on the stage and on screen. He’s kayaked across the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand, become the first to ski to the South Pole and back, and walked across the Australian Outback with his one year old daughter. He currently holds two Guinness World Records and holds a place as one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers of all time, all achieved before his thirties!
Over the past 18 years he has made a career of undertaking huge, epic, record setting expeditions around the world and sharing these on the stage and the screen.
“At first you ask ‘Why’? Why do some individuals risk everything to test the boundaries
of endurance? Like all great stories this one offers answers. Through its humour and tears,
its aspirations, perils, follies and ultimate triumph we learn what it is to be human. That,
together, we negotiate the chaos of the world by relying on the better, more heroic, parts of ourselves.”
“A colourful character, underdog in a race against time, a member of that group born
with that compulsion to do something crazy, something INCREDIBLE.”
“An incredible feat of endurance that is a testament that surviving hell is all about heart, grit, humour and friendship.”– BEAR GRYLLS - ADVENTURER AND TV PRESENTER
“This is the gripping and inspirational account of two ordinary blokes deciding to shake off their slack city ways, climb out of their fat comfortable ruts, and use their brains, their
brawn and their sheer awe-inspiring courage to turn themselves into modern-day supermen and double handedly prove that the Age of Adventure is not over”