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Off the Tourist Track

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“The videos arrived just in time for my 74th birthday. Enjoying them immensely; your gift to me,” Cheers, Paul Malpas
“We’ve watched three so far and are looking forward to watching the rest and rewatching them too. Thanks for making them available for people to watch and gain inspiration from,” Cheers, Sheila and Michael
Our Latest Video

summer 16 port davey

Jack and Jude get excited by locations with great stories
We filmed two in 2016

Forty thousand years! An incredible time for the southernmost people to have lived in harmony with Earth and we bring their story to the wide screen by exploring their remote homeland near the SW tip of Tasmania.

At the other end of Tasmania, in 1797, a voyage to a hungry new colony results in shipwreck on the the wildly scenic Preservation Island next to mysterious Rum Island in the Furneaux Group. Explore these isles for remains and listen to their fascinating story with Jack and Jude.

Jessica Watson
At just 16-years-old, Australian schoolgirl Jessica Watson became the youngest person to single-handedly sail nonstop around the world.

Review by Jessica Watson – January 2017
“This video will make you want to set sail for Tasmania”
Jack and Jude have a lifetime of cruising experience and their latest video ‘Off the Tourist Track: Tasmania 3’ covers their 2016 adventures exploring Tasmania. In addition to showcasing the great scenery that South West Tasmania is known for the video gives you a great feel for the area. Jack and Jude have done an impressive job researching local history and share plenty of interesting stories about the original inhabitants and visiting explorers. I loved the footage of Jude helming Banyandah in windy conditions coming into Norfolk Bay. You can really see how comfortable these two are on the water! Very well researched – Useful for those interested in planning a trip to Tasmania -You’ll also need their cruising guide for details on anchorages


Practical Features: South Coast Islands, Dover, Hobart, climb the mountain, Con-Dock entrance, Denison Canal, Schouten Island and Swan Island.

And –
We continue tagging the historic Goulds Track that once linked the developed East Coast to the untamed mineral rich west. And a snippet of finding Carvers Boatyard at Port Davey, last in action 1894.


Hi Jack and Jude,

Just paused watching your Summer 16 film to say well done, I’m psyched up to check out Port Davey.

Well done with the landscape interpretation, land use history, actually acknowledging Aboriginal facts (not accurately portrayed in school yet) and sharing rare/backcountry locations. We really like the video quality, storytelling, and use of Google Earth placing of story and the high res/steady filming.
Your in depth storytelling provides a Discovery tour style with real physical clues.
Dean Egan

Dear Jack and Jude
Thank you for your latest video on Tasmania. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the quality was great. I feel it is the best value information and entertainment. You both should be applauded for such a fabulous achievement.
Thanks again Brian and Sandra Dorling
Hi J&J,
We just watched your latest video “Summer 16”. So nice to see some of the more remote parts of the West Coast of Tasmania. We particularly enjoyed the chapters showing Swan Island and Preservation/Rum Islands. Your presentation of the history was fascinating. You have inspired us to visit these tiny specks on the chart.
Best wishes, Chris and Suzanne

Search for Frigate Lost in 1856

Prolific wildlife up close surrounded by magical beauty of the Coral Sea


joe schemesh1“As a non-sailor, the footage really put me in the picture – well done Jack and Jude. Magnificent country we live in for sure!!!” Says Joe Shemesh, Gold Tripod Award-winner.
Fantastic stuff – takes the viewer into a magical, rarely visited world. Heaps of cruising tips too. Excellent photography. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the sea, cruising, or just wanting some inspiration.
Petrea McCarthy – Cruising Helmsman Ideas Locker


Widescreen – 90 minute
Explore the Coral Sea with Jack and Jude, visit remote reefs and islets while searching for a French Frigate lost in 1856. Prolific wildlife up close surrounded by magical beauty of the Coral Sea.
In 1982, Jack and Jude led an amateur radio expedition to Herald’s Beacon, a small sand cay atop Mellish Reef, five hundred miles east of Cairns. A month before our landing, a cyclone tracked across this low narrow sand island and reshaped the island, exposing a coral shelf in which Jack found an embedded bronze eye bolt. This began a search spanning more than three decades.  More Information Here.


Two’s a Crew


We take our cameras deep into the Kimberley to search for the oldest rock art known. We’ll explore the most unique coral reef on the planet with the biggest tidal range – Rowley Shoals, 200 miles seaward from Broome. In the stormy southwest corner of Tasmania, climb Mount Misery surrounded by the harsh, compelling beauty of Port Davey. There are whales up close, plenty of action catching big fish, plus a wonderful interlude becalmed in the Great Southern Ocean. Running time: 90 minutes


Tasmania 2

The Green Machine opens up new territory with the kayak taking us up rivers few explore. First the Gordon River to search for Huon Piners Camp remnants as far as the rocky Sprent River.

In World Heritage Port Davey, we paddle through an exquisite gorge in perfect weather. Then trek overland to the far south coast of Tasmania, where we explore off track, again in perfect photographic conditions. Taking Banyandah across the shallow Old River Bar, we kayak up river to locate a last stand of mature Huon Pines. Then we search and discover the lonely grave site of Critchley Parker, an ill-equipped dreamer. To escape, we brave a spunky fresh gale taking Banyandah south under Maatsuyker to reach the safety of Recherche Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast.
5 episodes Film Running Time 90 mins.


Tasmania 1

Four adventures in Tasmania featuring a trek along the historic King River railroad where Jack and Jude document 100 years of pollution from Australia’s oldest mine. Followed by a scenically wonderful voyage up the fabulous Gordon River aboard Stormbreaker. Then a segment of living history inside Kelly Basin where in 1900 they hacked a railroad line through virgin rainforest. The fourth episode, a three-day assault on one of Tasmania’s toughest peaks. No trails across a myriad of streams to the top of 1100 M high Mount Sorell. Film Running time: 120 min.


South Australia

Take an autumn sail around the two gulfs of South Australia, featuring a wander through the famous Joseph Banks Archipelago. Plenty of wildlife and wild weather. From Adelaide through many of the anchorages to Port Lincoln and the Joseph Banks Group back to Adelaide. Film Running time: 64 minutes



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Off the Tourist Track

Enjoy the adventure and exquisite beauty of Australia
USB Memory Stick -

Plugs directly into TV and Laptops

SIX FILMS plus Mini-Adventures and Extras

12 hrs 44 min
of viewing
list of videos here

worldwide zones 1-7 only
Standard Shipping Australia A$50

Registered Shipping Australia A$55

Registered Shipping Worldwide A$65

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Cap’n Jack


Australian Adventure Videos — 12 Comments

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      Where are you departing from? What size vessel?

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  1. Hi I am french. the grand father of my grand father was on the Duroc when they failed on the mellish reef. I did not know that story till last year, when I found in the garret of my father a lots of books, clothes, decoration of this grand father.
    he wrote a book of 48p dédicated to his grand children, explaining what happenned from the 7th of auguste 1856 till the end of september when they left Timor to come back in France.
    I was very glad to see your film of this island.
    the exact position givn in the book is
    Latitude 17°23′
    longitude 153°35′
    it happened at 4h50 minutes, the speed was 4 knots they were on sail only, the engine was stopped at that time.
    my grandfather was 25 years hold, he was “enseigne de vaisseau” so the third officer after the “commandant” and the “lieutenant de vaisseau”
    his name was “Antoine Augey Dufresse”
    he died in 1891 as Amiral
    If you have more pictures or film of this mellish place I would be very please to recieve the link.
    Thank you

    • Wow, How Exciting to read your comment on the post “Australian Adventure Videos”

      We are overwhelmed to be connected to a surveyor of the Duroc. This has come about because we found a rather large, forged bronze eye bolt exposed in the half tide rock after a cyclone hit Mellish in 1982. When we returned during our expedition in 2013, we discovered plenty of metal scattered over a rather large area. There is talk of us going back to explore more widely.

      Wonder if there is a picture of the Duroc in your collection. It would greatly add to the story to see the frigate and her rig. It would absolutely delight us to read your great grandfather’s great grandfather’s book and hear more of the story of bravery under great difficulties. Does he mention the Captain’s daughter in his writings?

  2. Could I please buy the five DVD pack?

    Sure you can.
    Where do we send them?
    Email us the information and we’ll get it underway

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