Outback Truckers

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Outback Truckers
GenreFactual television
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Prospero Productions
Running time44 minutes
DistributorNGTI and Oberon Digital[1]
Release
Original network7mate
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release18 October 2012 (2012-10-18) – Present
Chronology
Related showsIce Road Truckers
External links
Website
Production website

Outback Truckers is an Australian factual television series which looks at the Australian road-transport industry. It focuses on selected drivers and interesting personalities and shows the problems tackled by some sectors. It originally screened on the Seven Network in 2012 and currently airs on 7mate. It has aired around the world on networks such as Quest TV (UK) and Discovery Europe.[2] Season 6 is due to air in Australia 2018[3].

Cast[edit]

  • Anthony Haigh, Murranji Water Drilling
  • Ashleigh Mackay & Robbie Mackay & Shane Burgess, Mackay and Sons House Removals and Demolition, Narangba, Queensland, Australia
  • Belinda Riehl (Season 3)
  • Bob Fraser (Season 3)
  • Brett Robin (Season 2)
  • Carl Andrews (Season 3)
  • Chris Ferris (Season 3)
  • Christian Reynolds (Season 2)
  • Clare Bolitho (Season 1-2)
  • Corey Chapman (Season 2)
  • Damo Callan (Season 1)
  • Danyelle Haigh, Murranji Water Drilling
  • Darrell Wright (Season 3)
  • Dave "Macka" McCready (Season 2 - 3)
  • Deb Drew (Season 1)
  • Dion Fisher (Season 2)
  • Dougal Brett (Season 1)
  • Emily Brett (Season 1)
  • Ewan Stephens (Season 2 - 3)
  • Glenn "Yogi" Kendall, Kendall Trucking (Season 2 - 3)
  • Glen Waters (Season 2)
  • Gordo Evans (Season 1-2)
  • Greg Wise (Season 3)
  • Heather Jones (Season 2)
  • Jared Baldwin (Season 3)
  • Jason Ackeroyd (Season 3)
  • Jeff Elliot
  • Jeff "Bluezy" Barrow (Season 2)
  • Joey Granich (Season 2)
  • Jonathan Rayner (Season 3)
  • Katie Howell (Season 2)
  • Kaye Ferris (Season 3)
  • Larry Brewer (Season 3)
  • Mark Bolitho (Season 1-2)
  • Mark Cromwell - RJE Global Pty Ltd (Season 2 - 3)
  • Mark King (Season 1)
  • Matt Adams (Season 3)
  • Matt Riches (Season 1-2)
  • Mike Hoath - RJE Global Pty Ltd
  • Noelene Turner (Season 2)
  • Paul 'Sludge' Andrews - Paul Andrews Transport (Season 3)
  • Peter "Turbo" Teatoff (Season 2 - 3)
  • Rosco Haining (Season 3)
  • Russell McDonough (Season 2)
  • Sharon Collins (Season 2 - 3)
  • Shui Evans (Season 1-2)
  • Simon Page (Season 3)
  • Sonya Wise (Season 3)
  • Steve Grahame, Western Australia (Season 1 - 3)
  • Steve Hughes (Season 1)
  • Wayne Haigh, Murranji Water Drilling

In July 2017 one of the cast members, Sonya Wise, passed away. Sonya and her husband, Greg, featured in season 3 of Outback Truckers. Outback Truckers Noelene Turner passed away in 2014. She left behind her Outback Trucking husband Bluesy. In 2015, season 1 trucker Dougal Brett was killed when the helicopter he was piloting, crashed on his cattle station.

Reception[edit]

Outback Truckers was favourably reviewed by the press. Melinda Houston from The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Critics Choice' noted that "they're great stories well told from a part of the country and a way of life most of us will never otherwise experience".[4] It was also praised in The West Australian for its various close ties with Western Australia.[5] News Limited's 'Switch On' gave it a 4/5 rating, one of the week's highest scores.[6]

Viewers[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. Multichannel ranking (Australia) Original air Australian viewers
1 < 20 20 October 2012 ≤ 149,000[7]
2 5 27 October 2012 187,000[8]
3 4 3 November 2012 220,000[9]
4 16 10 November 2012 162,000[10]
5 < 20 17 November 2012 ≤ 160,000[11]

International broadcasting[edit]

The following table lists the countries in which Outback Truckers airs outside Australia.

Country Network(s)/station(s)
 Australia (origin) 7mate
 United Kingdom Quest
 New Zealand TVNZ 1
 Netherlands Discovery Channel
 Norway Discovery Channel
 Poland Discovery Channel
 Czech Republic Discovery Channel
 Lithuania Discovery Channel
 Germany DMAX (TV channel)
 Italy DMAX
 Spain DMAX
 United States Netflix

Series overview[edit]

Season[edit]

Episodes Originally aired DVD release DVD features
Season premiere Season finale Region 4 Note
1 5 18 October 2012 17 November 2012 13 August 2014[12]
  • 2 Discs
  • Running time: 260 minutes
2 13 6 February 2014 30 June 2014 13 August 2014[13]
  • 4 Discs
  • Running time: 572 minutes
3 13 13 March 2015 15 May 2015 12 August 2015[14]
  • 4 Discs
  • Running time: 580 minutes
4 13 6 May 2016 26 July 2016 17 August 2016[15]
  • 4 Discs
  • Running time: 576 minutes
5 13 16 May 2017 8 August 2017 23 August 2017[16]
  • 4 Discs
  • Running time: 572 minutes
6 13 8 May 2018 [17] 31 July 2018

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"18 October 2012 (2012-10-18)

Richo owns a fleet of monster trucks and all the problems that go with them. He’s got to get his convoy half way across the Australian continent to the middle of the desert.

Clare and Mark are a trucking couple who complete one of the longest cross country supply runs in the world. Every six weeks they drive as many kilometres as the circumference of the Earth. The distance they can handle, crazy motorists drive them mad and driving level crossings under lights and 10 km above the speed limit.

Gordon and Shui run road-trains to mining outposts in Australia’s remote north. Working around the clock, beating fire and floods. Teeming summer rain is already playing havoc with the schedule of long distance truckie, Mark Bolitho, as he prepares for a marathon five-day trek across the Australian continent. It’s been a good run so far but there are signs of trouble up ahead. A severe thunderstorm with hail, gale force winds and flash flooding hits the truck.

On the edge of the Central Australian desert, Richo’s convoy prepare to hit the dirt roads. It’s going to be a tough ride for his most trusted driver, "Yeti". Up north on the coast road, Shui’s losing patience with a slower road train but overtaking in these elongated rigs is a tricky operation. And it’s not helped by two fellow truckies tying up the CB radio. For Richo’s convoy, rains have closed several roads. Yeti’s truck is in the lead but it’s been badly shaken up.

Clare and Mark are about to hit the endless straight of the Nullarbor Plain. No corners to worry about, just cars that don’t understand trucks. Richo decides he’ll stay at the small town of Warburton with part of his convoy and send two trucks of perishable goods to see if they can get through. It’s not long before conditions start to deteriorate. Patches of water suddenly become lakes of unknown depth. He’s only 21 but Yeti is already a veteran of the deepwater crossing. The trucks make it through, but they’ve taken a hammering. Time to give the boss back at Warburton some more bad news. Yeti will have to sit tight, camp out while Richo organises a replacement truck. The breakdown has already cost them precious time and with freezers packed with cold goods, sitting around in 40 degree heat isn’t an option. Yeti’s makes it to his destination. The unload is going smoothly until the shopkeeper notices something isn’t right – the truck’s freezers have not been working. Two hundred kilometres down the road, melting ice cream is the last of Richo’s problems. He has a $3000 a day crane parked and idle. He needs to get it back to its owner before it sends him broke.
2"Episode 2"27 October 2012 (2012-10-27)

In Perth lone trucking operator Steve Grahame is preparing for an epic journey. A 3000-kilometre trek to the top of Western Australia. Steve’s a veteran driver with a reputation for getting trucks and goods into places no one else can.

Deb Drew’s got herself a new career. In her previous life she was a model a mother and a business woman. Now she’s a truck driver. She and driving partner Damo are about to set off on a trip to the dead centre of Australia, when they get a late change to their destination. They now need to head to Darwin adding three thousand kilometres to their journey and two days in the driving seat Steve Grahame has been driving for two days. His old engine has had a bad oil leak for the entire trip. If it’s as bad as Steve suspects the engine could explode and the whole trip go up in smoke In Perth Mark Bolitho is getting his rig ready for another 7000 kilometre cross continent trip to Melbourne and back. Riding alongside on the trip will be mark’s driving partner, Clare and their dog, Roy, who never misses a trip.

Deb’s having trouble with the gears on her truck. She’s not used to a manual. With a further delay they are now starting 5 hours late really putting the pressure on. Then on the outskirts of Melbourne, the boss calls.

On a mountainside Steve's road train is giving him all the wrong signals. His road train is fighting a mountain and the mountain is winning. If the hill wins and the truck stops, he’s got a whole new battle on his hands.

Clare and Mark’s road train hits the edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain. Also on the road are two oversize trucks carrying mining equipment. Getting past them in a road train is going to be tricky. Steve’s road train is stuck on the side of a hill. He was only a few metres from making it over the crest but now he’s got the back-breaking job of uncoupling the trailers and pulling them over the top one by one.

Mark and Clare have swapped drivers but while they were stopped, they were passed by the same wide load they overtook earlier. Clare’s flying blind, relying on someone else’s judgement on how safe it is to overtake. Turns out it’s not safe at all.

The light is just starting to go when Steve crosses the Barnett River. It’s recently been in flood and there’s heavy sand on the riverbed that traps Steve’s truck. The fix could be as simple as shovelling some of the sand away. He can’t leave the truck straddling the river over night. There’s time for one last try. If this fails he’s in serious trouble. On the edge of the Central Australian desert Deb’s worried about the number of animals she’s passing on the roadside. No cattle but plenty of sheep close to the road and three that decide they want to cross in front of her.

Back on the highway Mark and Clare have two problems – Roy’s playing up and the wide load they’ve passed twice already has passed them again. Last time Clare was called through there was a truck coming, this time they find another way to annoy her.

Steve is tantalizingly close to his destination—only a hundred kilometres away. But he’s still not confident to push his truck through on the muddy track. To make matters worse he has a slow-leaking tyre that he has to change. The community he’s supplying is so close that reinforcements arrive. It’s a long shot but maybe four-wheel drives can pull him free.

Steve is eventually out but soon he hits another bog. As a last-ditch attempt, a grader is sent to try to pull him through. It’s a dangerous job and it’s Steve’s last hope.
3"Episode 3"3 November 2012 (2012-11-03)

Mark King is a heavy haulage specialist that has to haul a monster rig to a coal mine 700 kilometres away. It's too big for the road and there’s a mountain range to cross. In the wilds of north Western Australia, veteran truckie Steve Grahame is in the middle of an epic journey, trying to deliver essential supplies to a remote community, but the weather and roads are conspiring against him.

In the central Australian desert on the road to Alice Springs, ex-model turned truckie Deb Drew is into the fourth day of a 7000-kilometre trek from Melbourne to Darwin and back. Steve Grahame has been trying for more than a week to get his road train into Kalumburu and he’s stuck just 70 kilometres from his destination. But on these tracks travelling 100 metres can take more than a day. The whole community is relying on Steve to make it through. He’s carrying critical building supplies and food to fill the empty shelves of the local store.

Mark King is a man with a mission – to get an eight-and-a-half-meter-wide, 100-tonne mining dump truck from Brisbane to the booming coalfields of Rollestone. Problem is he has to navigate the monster rig through Toowoomba’s great dividing range. To add more pressure to an already impossible deadline the convoy can only travel through the city at night. Deb’s got a plan to mix a little pleasure with the business of driving and make an unscheduled stop at a place she’s always wanted to see, Uluru (Ayers Rock). But Deb has spotted a problem with one of her trailers and gets some unwanted attention from the law.

Steve Grahame’s road train has been stranded at a remote cattle station. Persistent rain has been filling up a bog hole that he needs to get through. Graders have been working at the hole and the sun has dried it out, to the point where Steve’s ready to risk running his road train at it. There’s no way he can turn his road train around out here so his decision is crucial, turn left and take on the bog hole, turn right and try a longer way.

In the small hours of the morning Mark King’s oversize load has hit a roadblock. No one told him about a new road surface being laid on the highway by a machine that’s taking up the two lanes he needs to get by. There’s a stand off between the road crew and Mark’s crew. The delay is costing them precious time. If they’re not out of the city by sun-up they break the curfew, and the police could order them to stop, leaving the rig stranded.
4"Episode 4"10 November 2012 (2012-11-10)

Dougal Brett is one unusual truckie, he flies his own helicopter, owns a cattle station the size of a small country and a fleet of livestock trucks. His road trains have to haul 1500 cattle to a market nearly 3000 kilometres away. He’s depending on the sale of his cattle to pay bills that have been piling up since the previous season when a live-export ban crippled the market. But the dirt tracks off his remote station are wet and getting wetter.

Heavy haulage driver, Mark King is half-way through a marathon job. He’s in charge of getting a monster mining truck from Brisbane to the central Queensland coal fields, 700 kilometres away. He has the equivalent of over 100 cars sitting on the back of his truck. But weight is not his only problem. Mark’s convoy has to cross a series of mountain passes. The conditions of the road allow no margin for error. There’s a police and pilot escort to help him but it’s the driver who gets blamed if anything goes wrong.

On a lonely dirt road at the top of north Western Australia, veteran Perth truckie Steve Grahame is a broken man. After an epic 3000-kilometre trek from Perth to the remote coastal community of Kalumburu, he’s fallen just 50 kilometres short of his destination. Part of a dirt track has collapsed under the weight of his 100-tonne road train, burying the last two trailers up to their axles. Graders will try to pull him out. If this last attempt fails, Steve’s trailers could be stuck here for the entire wet season.

At Waterloo Station, the rain that stopped Dougal Brett from loading his cattle has cleared. The race is now on to get the cattle rounded up and into trucks before more wet-season rain makes the muddy roads even wetter. Driving cattle trucks with three double-decker trailers, carrying over 200 swaying animals is regarded as one of the toughest trucking jobs there is. And on bad roads, it's twice as tough.

On the road to the Rolleston coal mine in central Queensland, Mark King is worried about the heat. Temperatures have passed the 40-degree mark and that's doing dangerous things to the road surface. Mark is worried his rig’s 180-tonne weight and 650-horsepower engine could start ripping up the melting road from underneath him.

Steve Grahame has crossed the last flooded river between him and his destination of Kalumburu. But his water worries are far from over, a massive storm’s come out of nowhere. After a three-week struggle Steve’s truck is bogged again just walking distance from his destination.
5"Episode 5"17 November 2012 (2012-11-17)

In far North Queensland, tanker driver Steve Hughes is loading up for a supply run to remote clients who need fuel before the wet season cuts them off. At a Perth freight depot tempers are fraying. Husband and wife team, Gordon and Shui, have just finished a two-day non-stop drive but bad weather’s caused them delays. Instead of resting at home, the boss has told them to turn around and do it all again.

At the edge of the desert of the Nullarbor Plain, long-distance husband and wife trucking team Mark and Clare Bolitho are 8 hours into their weekly cross continent run. Riding with them on every trip is their 16-year-old dog Roy.

Steve and his 28,000-litre load of fuel are heading up a mountain pass. With 20 tonnes of fuel on board, Steve’s tanker strains on the steep incline. All he can do is watch, as car after car tries to squeeze past. Then one driver pushes his luck too far. Gordon and Shui are monitoring the sky for signs of the cyclone that’s already played havoc with their schedule. Heavy rain has washed away large chunks of the highway.

Blinding rain is making life hard for tanker driver Steve. His run is taking him deep into the tropical wilderness. Where roads become dirt tracks that can disappear under water in minutes.

Back on the Nullarbor Plain, Roy isn’t enjoying the ride. He’s not been himself for most of the journey. Clare’s increasingly worried. Out here there are no vets. Something is troubling Shui. One of the loads looked to have shifted even worse, something could have fallen off. Gordon and Shui have hit a flooded five-hundred-metre stretch of highway in front of them. Shui has to try to avoid the holes where the road has been washed out. If she drives too close to the edge of the bitumen, she risks ending up in the river. Their trip from hell is about to get worse. They arrive at their destination just as it’s being savaged by the fringes of the cyclone. They need an address for another trailer pick-up. But the depot’s deserted.

Without checking the roads up ahead this is as far as Steve is prepared to go in his fuel tanker. He drives to the banks of a swollen river he can’t cross. The station owner knows it’s a lost cause. Steve can’t deliver and heads for home before more rain arrives.

After driving for two days, Mark and Clare have arrived in Adelaide. But the only cargo they’re worried about is Roy. He needs to get to a vet quickly.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"6 February 2014 (2014-02-06)
Outback legend Steve Grahame is hauling three million dollars-worth of vital power generating equipment to an isolated community in the far North West of Australia - Kalumburu.
2"Episode 2"14 April 2014 (2014-04-14)
It's mid-afternoon in Perth and Dion's super size convoy is pushing hard to get out of the city before sunset. And the fate of Steve's trip hangs on one phone call to his mechanic.
3"Episode 3"21 April 2014 (2014-04-21)
Over the last three days, Steve Grahame has hauled 130 tonnes of freight a massive 2000 km, and his truck's taken a beating. Under the bonnet the news isn't good.
4"Episode 4"28 April 2014 (2014-04-28)
Turbo faces a journey that takes him directly through an area affected by a bush fire. Plus, owner operator Yogi faces the biggest week of his career. But how will he get on?
5"Episode 5"5 May 2014 (2014-05-05)
Turbo gambles his truck, not to mention his life, by taking a route through devastatingly tough terrain. And Yogi races to beat a vital deadline on a make or break job.
6"Episode 6"12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)
Macca transports a world famous yacht on an arduous journey. Meanwhile, Russell is trying to get his business and his health back on the road to recovery.
7"Episode 7"19 May 2014 (2014-05-19)
It's make or break for Turbo, as he simultaneously pushes his pain barrier and his truck to the limit. Meanwhile, Mark faces the biggest job of his career.
8"Episode 8"26 May 2014 (2014-05-26)
Midway through a vital run Turbo is feeling the temperature as he rig overheats. Meanwhile, Mark Cromwell is fighting to complete the biggest job of his career.
9"Episode 9"2 June 2014 (2014-06-02)
Russell battles waterlogged tracks in the desert as he tries to deliver his load on time. Meanwhile, Yogi's reputation is hanging in the balance on the biggest week of his career.
10"Episode 10"9 June 2014 (2014-06-09)
Russell Mcdonough is in the midst of an outback nightmare, when a track collapses under the weight of his rig. Meanwhile, Yogi has some family time, but trouble lies ahead.
11"Episode 11"16 June 2014 (2014-06-16)
Dirt road veteran Dennis Dent goes head-to-head with a lifelong nemesis. Meanwhile, Christian Reynolds takes on the wild back country on a vital mission to build a bridge.
12"Episode 12"23 June 2014 (2014-06-23)
Turbo is fighting to stay on track and on schedule to complete a marathon trek home. Meanwhile, in Tasmania Euan is hitching a ride to deliver a volatile road.
13"Episode 13"30 June 2014 (2014-06-30)
Steve Graham is racing the rain and joining forces to build a mega road train. Meanwhile, on a cross-country marathon, Yogi's truck hits the wall.

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"13 March 2015 (2015-03-13)
In Townsville, Queensland, long-distance trucker Peter is getting set for a cross-country haul. He has to move this mixed freight through bush, farmland and desert to Darwin.
2"Episode 2"10 April 2014 (2014-04-10)
Matt Adams rides a volatile load into a world of trouble with a bull on board. The Kendalls share a family experience of trucking and another haul carries a sting in the tail.
3"Episode 3"17 April 2015 (2015-04-17)
Matt Adams is rustling up his roughest ride ever: Macca McReady sails into trouble with a precious load, and the Stephens brothers battle backyards and bogs to rescue their haul.
4"Episode 4"24 April 2015 (2015-04-24)
Tanker driver Sludge must try and dodge disaster, Steve Graham suffers from his worst nightmare on the road and Macca McReady hits rough weather which throws him into jeopardy.
5"Episode 5"1 May 2015 (2015-05-01)
Steve Grahame finds himself almost stranded with a desert island delivery. Yogi runs out of road, and two concrete specialists head off the map and into trouble.
6"Episode 6"8 May 2015 (2015-05-08)
Jonny Rayner faces an impossible choice to either take on a crocodile-infested river at two o'clock in the morning, or wait until dawn and further delay his critical run.
7"Episode 7"15 May 2015 (2015-05-15)
Jared and Johnny's epic mission grinds to a halt, Roscoe battles the elements on a world famous rally, and Turbo is flagged down by the boys in blue.
8"Episode 8"7 May 2015 (2015-05-07)
Carl Andrews is at the wheel of a gargantuan load, Russell's mobile classroom gets shaken and his engine cooked, and the Ferrises dodge raging bush fires.
9"Episode 9"11 May 2015 (2015-05-11)
All hell breaks loose for Turbo, Christian racks up massive mileage with a massive load and the Wise couple feel the pressure of a fuel-draining headwind.
10"Episode 10"12 May 2015 (2015-05-12)
Mark Cromwell feels the pressure of a job worth 2 million dollars, Belinda is up to her neck in mess with a herd of cattle and Turbo's load is on the verge of destruction.
11"Episode 11"13 May 2015 (2015-05-13)
Mark brings a city to a standstill with his multi-million-dollar load, Yogi is on an antiques roadshow where time is of the essence, and Turbo is in a dirt-road marathon dogfight.
12"Episode 12"14 May 2015 (2015-05-14)
Sharon must move a copper mountain, and Sludge must move a freight of liquid that is highly flammable.
13"Episode 13"15 May 2015 (2015-05-15)
Turbo pushes his luck, and his truck, as he tries to go the distance and deliver his load, while Bob tackles a mountain of timber.

Season 4 (2016)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
Steve gets a double dose of bad on a brutal lap through the red centre. Also, Turbo is back and battles to get his business out of a rut.
2"Episode 2"13 May 2016 (2016-05-13)
Graham's race through the desert makes a sudden turn - from make to break. For the young trucker Will, it's hard rock and hard knocks during an urgent run to the races.
3"Episode 3"20 May 2016 (2016-05-20)
Kurt gets lost when hauling a hut across Australia, meanwhile Johnny drags a stack of steel as well as a dust cloud up a horror desert track.
4"Episode 4"27 May 2016 (2016-05-27)
There's trouble in the wind for Kurt who is struggling with a load causing oversized problems. For Johnny on the Tanami Track, it's too hard one minute and too soft the next.
5"Episode 5"3 June 2016 (2016-06-03)
Mark and the team drag a heavy, million-dollar shed through the narrow streets of Adelaide. Livestock trucker Brenton has only three days to transport 20,000 cattle.
6"Episode 6"10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
Mark runs into some strange weather. Turbo goes head-to-head with an angry customer, and Shane Kenny wrestles with an old truck.
7"Episode 7"18 July 2016 (2016-07-18)
It's trial by fire for Russell as he hauls a mobile building down a load-destroying track. Also, Jacko rushes a monster load, as well as a worried passenger, to a big show.
8"Episode 8"19 July 2016 (2016-07-19)
The Mackay Brothers try to dodge destruction. Meanwhile, Steve takes on an old enemy and Bumpa Farrell struggles for power on an huge hay convoy.
9"Episode 9"20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)
Steve could face some problems when taking on the Tanami with a trailer load of trouble, and it's a wild ride for Nigel Vagg as he hauls 900 feral goats through a heatwave.
10"Episode 10"21 July 2016 (2016-07-21)
Sludge and the Phantom battle the elements, an old river boat takes a bumpy road to be repaired, and Turbo has problems with wheel bearings and weight weather.
11"Episode 11"15 July 2016 (2016-07-15)
Sludge takes on foreign roads and strange loads in New Zealand, Turbo's new truck gets busted on a tour of destruction and Carl Andrews has more worry than one trucker can take.
12"Episode 12"22 July 2016 (2016-07-22)
Sludge travels up a mountain with an angry load. Also, Cameron carts a huge dump truck out of the Nullarbor, and Steve tries to avoid downpours on an urgent mission.
13"Episode 13"26 July 2016 (2016-07-26)
Steve tackles the mud with high voltage headaches. Sludge's mountain mission goes downhill, while Cameron's journey gets hotter and harder.

Season 5 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"16 May 2017 (2017-05-16)
Husband and wife team Nick and Jo face tough driving conditions with volatile cargo. Plus, Yogi makes a costly mistake during a two-week stint on the road.
2"Episode 2"23 May 2017 (2017-05-23)
A house relocation goes off-track when drivers Ross and Jerry are faced with power poles blocking their way. Russel tackles a graveyard of wrecked cars in the heart of the desert.
3"Episode 3"30 May 2017 (2017-05-30)
While preparing for a gruelling trip from Perth to Darwin, Steve faces a malfunctioning clutch. Plus, Robbie and his crew embark on a challenging trip moving a timber house.
4"Episode 4"6 June 2017 (2017-06-06)
The Mackay's monster house moving convoy irritates drivers as they race to make curfew.
5"Episode 5"13 June 2017 (2017-06-13)
Mark is under pressure to deliver a fragile electrical control room to a remote mine deep in the outback. Plus, Jeff is confronted with a heavy storm while on the road in Tasmania.
6"Episode 6"20 June 2017 (2017-06-20)
Road flooding means Mark and his crew must work against the clock to deliver a fragile load to a remote gold mine. And Jeff faces a treacherous pass in wet conditions.
7"Episode 7"27 June 2017 (2017-06-27)
Country boy Anthony and city wife Danyelle battle bogs and blocked bores to bring water to desperate cattle stations.
8"Episode 8"4 July 2017 (2017-07-04)
Steve Grahame feels the pressure as he heads off the dirt and onto the bitumen and into road closures.
9"Episode 9"11 July 2017 (2017-07-11)
Mark prepares a massive load travelling from South Australia all the way to a tiny island in Micronesia. And Mick transports a curious giraffe through Sydney traffic.
10"Episode 10"18 July 2017 (2017-07-18)
Extreme weather and crumbling infrastructure make a short journey across a remote Pacific island one of Mark Cromwell's most challenging jobs ever.
11"Episode 11"25 July 2017 (2017-07-25)
In Central Australia, Brad Duckworth's run of bad luck threatens to put the brakes on the construction of an outback airstrip.
12"Episode 12"1 August 2017 (2017-08-01)
Paul 'Blinky' Cunningham gets the wind put up him as he moves the largest turbines in Australia from the Port of Newcastle to the White Rock Wind Farm.
13"Episode 13"8 August 2017 (2017-08-08)
Steve Grahame battles wild animals and deep sand as he takes on the Great Central Road for the first time since the Wet.

Season 6 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1"8 May 2018 (2018-05-08)
2"Episode 2"15 May 2018 (2018-05-15)
Brother and sister truckers Robbie and Ashleigh Mackay hit house removal hell on a mud-bogged mission.
3"Episode 3"22 May 2018 (2018-05-22)
Outback trucking legend Steve Grahame and his faithful canine companion Bella take a monster load cross-country from the red centre to the west coast.
4"Episode 4"29 May 2018 (2018-05-29)
Russell "Crusher" McDonagh hits problem after problem on a dash for cash.
5"Episode 5"5 June 2018 (2018-06-05)
Long distance legend Steve Grahame battles to get to a remote mining outpost.
6"Episode 6"12 June 2018 (2018-06-12)
Yogi prepares for a showdown with transport police in South Australia.
7"Episode 7"19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
Steve Grahame navigates flooded highways and washouts in a marathon 6000 km drive.
8"Episode 8"26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
Trainee trucker Danyelle Haigh gets a brutal driving lesson as her family’s water drilling rig heads for cattle country.
9"Episode 9"3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)
Woody's urgent food delivery to a remote desert community is jeopardised by a leaking fridge unit.
10"Episode 10"10 July 2018 (2018-07-10)
Nick and Jo mount a delicate rescue operation to recover a World War 2 bomber from its outback grave.
11"Episode 11"17 July 2018 (2018-07-17)
Russell Crusher runs into trouble taking his new metal muncher to clean up an eyesore at Uluru.
12"Episode 12"24 July 2018 (2018-07-24)
Torrential rain plays havoc with Robbie Mackay's efforts to relocate a home without wrecking it.
13"Episode 13"31 July 2018 (2018-07-31)
Cyclonic weather threatens to stop tanker driver Mick King delivering hazardous chemicals to a desert mine site.


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