Justin Jones

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Adventurer, Explorer, Film maker, Author, Keynote Speaker & Facilitator.

Keynote themes include ‘Anyone is capable of being Great’, Determination, Persistence, Innovation, the Power of Planning and Creative Thinking

Justin Jones – aka ‘Jonesy’, is a passionate explorer, key¬note speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller.

Over the past 18 years he has made a career of conceiving, planning and successfully executing epic, record-setting expeditions and then sharing his experiences on the stage and screen.

In 2008 he and best mate James Castrission became the first people to kayak unsupported between Australia and New Zealand, an adventure that captured the imagination of two nations. When they reached New Zealand the reception was tumultuous. Literally thousands of people turned out to congratulate them.

In 2012 Justin and James traded paddles for skis to forge a new route to the South Pole. They skied 2275km from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. An extraordinary adventure that took them nearly three months to complete.

Most recently Justin spent 102 days walking across the Australian Outback with his wife Lauren and their one-year-old daughter Morgan.

Justin currently holds two Guinness World Records and a place as one of Australian Geographic’s ‘Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers of all time’. He achieved all this before he turned thirty.

He passionately believes that ANYONE is capable of being GREAT.

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.

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“Funny, inspirational, motivational – an hour with Justin makes the spirit soar.”- SANDRA LEE (Best Selling Author, Journalist)

“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

“A colourful character, underdog in a race against time, a member of that group born with that compulsion to do something crazy, something INCREDIBLE.” – Alec Baldwin – award winning actor

“Justin and James gave us a timely reminder about digging in when times are tough and never giving up. By no means what we do goes even close to the what James and Justin have done but there are some general themes that we can take on board from their unbelievable journey. They are great guys with an inspirational story and they will always be welcome at the Waratahs.” – Phil Waugh – ex-Wallaby and NSW Waratahs captain

Presentation Topics

Jonesy is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers.  His humble, charismatic and inspiring nature leaves you with the belief that anything is possible. Jonesy will craftily weave themes & lessons that he has learnt through a life of extreme adventure into all his presentations. These themes include:

  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Goal setting
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Leadership

Jonesy has presented to audience sizes ranging from a handful of clients, to well over 10,000 people at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.



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.


To hell and back: A journey across a frozen wasteland

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. Jonesy’s rendition of this journey will move even the stoniest of hearts.


1800km, 102 days with a one year old…

In the most unlikely time of their lives. Two new parents decide to head on an epic Australian adventure. An 1800km trek across the Australian Outback with their one year daughter. In this open, raw and honest account of an expedition like no other, Jonesy will delve into the mindset, desire and reason for such an bold expedition with those he holds most dear. By the end you will question your own ideas of what ‘normal’ actually is and that a life of passion and purpose is the best path you can take.

To give this a different flavour and a more inclusive feel Jonesy offers this a two handed presentation with his wife Lauren.


Applying an expedition mindset to your everyday and business life.

In this keynote he unpacks the lessons that he has learn from the past 18years of adventures and serious, record setting expeditions. On many of his adventures there is no room for failure, for poor communication, callous oversights, poor discipline and bad leadership; the consequences can be lethal. Jonesy will share the insights provided by surviving in some of toughest environments in the world and how they can relate to you, your team and your life.

More about Justin ‘Jonesy’ Jones

Justin Jones, otherwise known as Jonesy, is one of Australia’s leading motivational speakers and extreme adventurers. Together, with his long-time friend James Castrission, they have explored parts of the world few have ever been to before, breaking records and gaining titles along the way. In 2008, the duo became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea, an expedition that also became the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Then, in 2012, the pair made history by walking from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance, making their journey the longest unsupported polar expedition ever. Justin’s physical and mental strength allowed him to endure some of the most intense and psychologically challenging situations, inspiring people to achieve greatness from all walks of life.

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