Our intrepid Doctor shares his adventures across Australia

Tom Joss, Travelling Home Doctor

By Dr Tom Joss MBBS

We’re really excited to introduce our first Travelling Home Doctor, Tom Joss, from the Central Coast. Tom and his partner Claire along with their baby boy Benji are taking a year to travel and work with us as they move across Australia. Follow their story here!


Since my last post we spent a few weeks staying at a wonderfully funky AirBnB in Scarborough while I did some work for 13SICK and my parents visited from Sydney. From Perth we headed on to the Margaret River region, around the south west coast to Albany and Esperance, then across the Nullarbor Plain, around the Eyre Peninsula, and back to Port Augusta to complete our 20,000 km loop of the western half of Australia - it's a big country! MORE


After a quick flight home to Sydney and back, we were ready to start our adventure again from Darwin. We had two months to drive across The Kimberley, through the Pilbara, and down the West Coast to Perth, where I was going to work again for a few weeks. This was the part of the trip that Claire and I were really looking forward to - we'd both had a taste of the Kimberley on previous trips, but were looking forward to doing some more exploring there, as well as traveling the West Coast for the first time. MORE


We've just had a relaxing month in Darwin while I did some work for 13SICK in the evenings, exploring markets and jungles and swimming holes by day. This was followed by a  brief unplanned flight home to Sydney to visit family. We've just arrived back in Darwin and are looking forward to hitting the road again - west across the Kimberley to Broome. It feels like we haven't slept in the camper trailer for ages, and climbing into it last night was like returning home. MORE

JUNE 2017

Here we are in Darwin, after another 5000 km of driving through the centre of Australia. From Adelaide we drove up to the Flinders Ranges, where we volunteered at an ultramarathon, and drove some remote tracks through to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. From there we took the Oodnadatta Track through to Coober Pedy, on to Uluru and Kings Canyon, and then Alice Springs and the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. MORE

MAY 2017

We're 7 weeks into our year-long trip around Oz, and so far it's been going great! We've hiked up mountains, swam at beautiful remote beaches, tracked down delicious vegetarian food and street art in Melbourne, driven through paddocks and wrangled sheep on a farm in rural Victoria, and spent a week scaling some epic cliffs at Mt Arapiles - one of Australia's best rock climbing destinations. Right now we're in Adelaide for a few weeks while I do some work and my parents visit to spend some time with their grandson. MORE

APRIL 2017

I can hardly believe that 6 years has passed since then, and I’ve now completed medical school, as well as internship and residency, and have a 9-month-old baby! After finishing my Biology degree I stayed on at Macquarie University for several years, working as a research assistant on a variety of projects, mostly based in the lab doing molecular biology, but some that got me out into the bush, tracking feral animals and counting their scats. By this stage Claire and I were keen to take a year out for travel, and considered going around Australia, but decided that it might actually be the best chance we’d get to travel the world - Australia could wait until we had kids. So travel the world we did. MORE