Adventurer on walk of a lifetime seeks to help save lives
SEARCHING for a lifestyle change and a holiday minus the fuss, this adventurer is taking a journey across Australia, bringing skin checks in his path.
John Elliott has swapped fast cars and penthouses for two feet, four camels and a bed under the stars on a journey from the east to west coast of Australia.
"I've traded a five-star lifestyle for a five billion star adventure,” he said.
A brush with melanoma before taking off caused Mr Elliott to join forces with Beard Season to raise funds along the way.
"On a pre-expedition medical they discovered a melanoma in the centre of my back - I had it removed but it's not a check I would have done unless it was for this trip so I really caught a lucky break,” he said.
"I'm raising funds along the way to provide free skin and melanoma checks for people in regional towns as we go through and we're flying out a specialist to sit in towns for up to a week doing free checks for anyone in the community.”
Mr Elliott and camels Ted, Jackson, Arthur and Bill walked the first of a total 6000km journey at Coonarr in April.
Prior to the 18 months of preparation, the adventurer had no experience with bush walking or camels.
"My first step on this trip was going to good old Google and typing in 'how to buy a camel in Australia' and it snowballed,” he said.
"To travel around Australia there's a lot of traffic and lot of people going to the same places and getting photos in front of the same things and I didn't have a desire to join that heavy traffic touristy route.
"The camels give me access to wherever I want to go to in Australia and stay however long I want to stay there for, I'll get to see Australia in a very unique way.”
To support the cause visit www.johnelliott. com.au/beard-season.