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The young Australian adventurer and passionate story teller.


Justin Jones - otherwise affectionately known as Jonesy, is Australia's pre-eminent Explorer, keynote speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller.

His expeditions have taken him to the very corners of the world. From the depths of blizzards in Antarctica, to the terror of 10 metre waves towering above - in a storm at sea and the suffocating heat in the heart of the Outback. He currently holds two Guinness World Record and a place as one of Australia's 50 Greatest Explorers of all time.

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.

Jonesy is a passionate story teller.

A humble, charismatic and inspiring character…he is the perfect example of how determination, detailed planning and foresight can enable the most 'normal' of us to undertake the most extraordinary feats.

Current work

For the past 10 years he has presented on stages right around the world on the corporate and public speaking circuit. His keynotes interweave dramatic and forceful emotion with powerful lessons on teamwork, risk mitigation, grit, resilience, leadership, trust and communication.

He whole heartedly believes that if you want an audience to walk away inspired - with takeaways firmly cemented in mind, you have to shift them emotionally first. To date he has shared his keynotes and facilitated workshops to over 350,000 people globally.

Previous experience

Crossing the Ditch: In 2008, Jonesy along with expedition partner, Cas, paddled a kayak unsupported from Australia to New Zealand. After paddling 3318 km over 62 days they finally staggered ashore setting a world record for becoming the longest unsupported double kayak expedition and the first people to cross the Tasman Sea by kayak.

Crossing the Ice: In 2012 he then skied 2275km from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back over 89 days, completely unsupported setting another world first. It became the longest unsupported polar expedition ever undertaken and set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.

Across the Outback: In 2017 Jonesy, his wife Lauren, and one-year old daughter, Morgan undertook an 1800km trek across the Australian outback. For 102 days they lived wild, in synch with the heartbeat of the land, attempting to challenge the belief that you can't lead an adventurous life and a family life at the same time.

Awards His documentaries and TV specials have received critical acclaim, winning 16 international film festival awards and have been played in every corner of the planet.

Talking Points

Adventure Simulation Options


These program is designed to promote teams to collaborate across silos, communicate better, drive cohesion, get the audience to make deci-sion as individuals, small nimble teams and the whole organization.

- Teamwork
- Communication
- Leadership
- Empathy
- Mindset
- Collaboration
- Conflict resolution
- Strategy
- Resource allocation
- Risk mitigation

Daring to dream then riding out the storm

The story of why two young successful Aussies sacrifice everything to achieve a seemingly impossible dream; to become the first to paddle across the Tasman Sea. In this mindblowing account, Jonesy shares with the audience what life on the Tasman was like; the good, the bad, every lesson learnt, and every wave inbetween.

Workshop: Lessons learnt from Adventure

Focusing on the 12 lessons that he has learnt from Adventure, this workshop uses both expeditions and all his experiences to take the audience on a fun and informative journey through what adventure has to teach us all and how we can apply it in our lives.

To hell and back

Starting with very limited experience, Cas and Jonesy spent years researching, consulting with international experts, training in the Arctic and NZ, and rehearsing the skills needed to survive in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth. On the ice they were pushed to their very limits and almost didn’t return; Antarctica was a ruthless mistress. Staring at the brink of death and defeat, they were able to methodically refocus and regain control over their fate and ultimately, succeed. The end to this journey will move the stoniest of hearts.
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. Peter Fitzsimons - Best-Selling Author, Ex-Wallaby

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.

George Miller - Oscar-Winning Director

His ability to describe their incredible adventure in a light-hearted and entertaining way was also balanced with clear messages of the importance of planning, teamwork and persistence, giving our clients and lawyers a lot to talk about after the presentation.

Minter Ellison Lawyers

It’s more than a tale about two mates and their passion for adventure. It’s a story about mindset; the influence of positive thinking. It’s a story about planning; a well thought out approach. It’s a story about what to do when things don’t go your way; risk taking and risk mitigation. It’s a story about motivation, sheer grit and determination; a genuine desire to never give up no matter what. But most of all it’s a celebration of success: a wonderful journey with one of the finest young Australians you and your business partners will ever meet

ING Direct

Justin was great. Very inspiring and great look on life that you can transfer into work life. It made you think about different scenarios and how you would handle them moving forward.

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia

Jonesey was a stand-out talent who engaged our audience with his amazing story to conclude our annual customer forum - this is the largest event we hold for ANZ Institutional, focusing on themes of relevance to our audience of CFOs and Treasurers. Jonesey's storytelling session was a unique end to our day, and our audience is still raving about it days later. He definitely made some new fans in our Singapore clients and staff!

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