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Heather Ellis is an Australian author, journalist, photographer and motorcyclist.


Heather Ellis is the author of Ubuntu: one woman's motorcycle odyssey across Africa, published by Black Inc. Books in April 2016. She is now writing the sequel, which will be available in 2017. Her second book details her motorcycle ride along the Silk Road through Central Asia and by train through China to Vietnam.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Journalism and has worked as a journalist for News Ltd and as a communications and media officer for international development agency, Plan. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of International Development and a Master of Arts (creative enterprise).

Heather is also a freelance features writer and a professional public speaker. As a motorcyclist with 40 years of riding experience, she is also an advocate for motorcycle road safety and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Motorcycle Advisory Group.

Heather Ellis


My Yamaha TT600 today. It is the same motorcycle I rode through Africa in 1993/94; rode as a motorcycle courier in London from October 1994 to November 1995; and rode through Central Asia during 1997.


Heather Ellis 2011

I now call Melbourne, Australia home and enjoy riding my Moto Guzzi V50 around the hills of the Yarra Ranges.


The latest addition to the family, is this Triumph Thruxton 900cc.




heather tt600 2011

    With my beloved Yamaha TT600 at a petrol station somewhere in Mauritania, North Africa (July 1994).


Heather Ellis - a Jupiter's Traveller


The Ted Simon Foundation encourages those who adventure into the world to go the extra mile and transform their experiences into something of value for the world to share.