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


Heather spent part of her childhood on a sheep station in Australia’s outback where she learnt to ride a motorcycle, made friends with the local Aboriginal children and developed a love of the desert. Her family later moved to north Queensland and through reading she developed a love for Africa.

Years later, while working as a radiation safety technician at a uranium mine in the Northern Territory, ‘out-of-the-blue’ she voiced to friends, her ambition to travel Africa by motorcycle. From 1993 to 1997, she rode through Africa to London and then Central Asia to Vietnam.

She has recently completed her travel memoir Ubuntu: A Search By Motorcycle Through Africa and is now writing the sequel which details her motorcycle ride 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 works as a freelance features writer and is a professional public speaker. She is also an advocate for motorcycle road safety and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Motorcycle Advisory Group. She lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her three children.





Heather Ellis


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.