John ‘Roothy’ Rooth was brought up on a sheep station in remote South Australia where he and his brother played with the local Aboriginal kids amongst the ghost gums when they weren’t peddling the school radio.
He learnt to drive, weld, plough, shear and cook damper before his tenth birthday. These skills led to a decade of machinery work around the bush, teaching high school History and English, racing motorcycles and cars, working as an outback tour guide and finally a career as a magazine photo journalist specialising in bush travel.
In the last twenty years he’s best known for clocking up over a million kilometres exploring the most remote parts of Australia in an old truck he built himself presenting 4WD DVDs. Currently he’s got a regular weekly radio show on the 2UE network (Roothy’s Australia), does guest spots in Queensland’s Creek to Coast (Channel 7), writes columns for four magazines and is employed by several Australian companies as a product tester.