Did you know that Scott Hillier once worked as a patrol officer for Queensland Boating and Fisheries before becoming one of Australia’s favourite larrikin fishing presenters? When he’s not fishing, you’ll probably find Scotty and his wife strolling along Marcoola Beach, their home after working away for 20 years.
“My top place for fishing in Australia is the Torres Straights – not only is the fishing unbelievable; but the people, the culture, the scenery, just a magical place.
Internationally, I really enjoyed taking the family to South Africa for a month; catching the iconic Tiger Fish and camping in amongst the wildlife. It’s pretty bloody amazing.”
His top fishing tip? Never stop learning. Be sure to always have your ears and eyes open when meeting and talking to new people.
Roger Vickery is our resident 4wd and all things mechanical expert with a total love of the bush. When he’s not exploring the best Australia has to offer in a 4WD he’s at his property in the sunshine coast hinterland where he raises Arabian horses and droughtmaster cattle or zipping around a racetrack racing classic cars.
His favourite part of Australia is Tasmania because of the diversity of the landscape, beaches and history.
“I love the feeling of freedom, isolation and self-dependence of outdoor adventure,” says Roger. “If I wasn’t a presenter on Creek to Coast, my dream job would be owning a remote Cape York cattle property.
His top tip for outdoor adventure enthusiasts? “Always do a short practice run before the big trip”.
Former competitive surfer and reality TV star Liz, is a self confessed water-baby and action girl. Always on the move, if the surf is up, then Liz is out there. She lives for adventures, traveling and exploring new places – especially if there’s a wave to be found. In Australia, one her favourite spots is the Noosa National Park because of it’s pristine beauty, great waves, beautiful walking tracks and abundance of Australian wildlife. Internationally, she adores The Maldives for the perfect waves, fresh seafood and “heaven on earth” beach conditions.
“Outdoor adventure is in my blood. My family holidays were always adventurous. Surfing, snow skiing, trekking. I don’t know life without adrenaline and being close to nature.”
Her top tip? “Slip, slop, slap! So simple, but so necessary and so easily overlooked when you’re busy out and about. Not just to prevent skin cancer and sunburn, but also for hydration and energy.”
Andrew Mirosch has been a chef for more than 30 years years. In 1988, he set up the iconic Two Small Rooms in Brisbane (with Michael Conrad, who now owns restaurant Two) which won numerous American Express Awards and was inducted into the American Express Hall of Fame. He then repeated this success with his restaurant About Face, also twice winning Gourmet Travellers Award for Best Restaurant in Queensland. In 1995, he gave up his chefs whites for a fishing rod, to follow his dream of becoming a professional fisherman. The kitchen lured him back however and after owning a successful seafood restaurant on Stradbroke Island, moved back to the mainland and is now executive chef at the award winning Lurleen’s restaurant at Sirromet winery.
Andrew is a fierce supporter of Queensland producers and travels to shows and festival such as the Brisbane Ekka, the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show and Hervey Bay Seafood Festival to perform cooking demonstrations and promote locally grown and caught produce.
Gary Howard is Creek to Coast’s fishing and boating specialist.
His passion for fishing has taken him from the remote regions of the Kimberley and Northern Territory, to the quiet streams of our inland waterways and the yellow fin tuna grounds of Bermagui. However, the waters of South East Queensland remain his primary fishing areas, with Fraser Island being his favourite.
In addition to Gary’s television work, he’s had an extensive career writing for many boating and fishing magazines and filing reports for various radio programs.
Outside his media commitments, Gary runs his own fishing rod manufacturing business, supplying quality fishing rods throughout Australia and parts of the South Pacific.
Sally Jenyns is one of those fortunate people whose career has enabled her to follow her three great loves of fishing, cooking and travel. The direction her life has taken is not surprising considering her salty childhood. Family weekends and holidays were spent fishing and fossicking in the waters of Moreton Bay.
Her father, Ron Jenyns, triple yachting Olympian and one of Queensland’s most respected fisherman, and grandfather Ian Gall, cartoonist, author and nature journalist, gave Sally a passion for the sea and the great outdoor sport of fishing from a young age.
In 1988, having completed a Diploma of Business in Hospitality Management, Sally began working as a chef on luxury charter vessels along the Queensland coastline. Subsequently, her work has taken her to exotic ports around the globe including the United States, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas and Brazil. In 1990 she crossed the Pacific Ocean, from Cairns to Mexico, spending five months in Tahiti en route.
During eight years of shipboard life, Sally’s culinary expertise has both delighted international game-fishermen and lead her to writing about her enviable lifestyle.
In 1995, the Sunshine Coast local, released My Funky Fishing Book; a children’s how-to-fish manual which sold more than 25,000 copies.
Sally’s television career began in 1996 as the seafood specialist on Seven Queensland’s popular saltwater lifestyle programme Brownie’s Coastwatch. Her first cookbook Fishing and Feasting sold over 20,000 copies over that summer.
Sally has worked on all of Seven’s local programmes, including Great South East and Queensland Weekender while publishing another two cookbooks, The Coastwatch Cookbookand Easy Eats for Lazy Weekends, which continue to sell strongly.
Sally has been a presenter on the Seven Network’s Creek to Coast since it’s inception in 1999, and is still loving it after all this time.