Kev Smith

Kev Smith

MEET NORTH STORM BRAND AMBASSADOR Kev Smith – Woolgoolgaoffroad

For the past 30 years Kev has been chasing his passion with the great outdoors. His achievements are pretty impressive, from working with TV crews on destination stories, top names in the 4wd industry creating off road DVD’s, submitting 4wd and camping destination stories for national magazines, hosting high profile groups on the Coffs Coast showing them stunning areas and that’s not the end of it!

A keen fisherman that still holds several sports fishing records! He chased big game fish around the Hawaiian Islands but now just enjoys flicking light gear around snags at home for a bit of fun.

Kev smith from woolgoolgaoffroad driving through a very rough and rugged bush track. His car is tipping up with the right hand wheel higher than the left. There are lots of trees and ferns surrounding the track. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Tracks of fun everywhere!

But Kev’s achievements definitely don’t end there! … With an array of off-road competitions under his belt, photography awards, a mile of sporting awards PLUS 4wd industry achievements he just does not stop. Working for a national outdoors camping store he was pro-active winning multiple national camping awards, initiating a host of in-store magazine articles and climbing the corporate ladder.

An aerial view of a river and bush the water is a very dark brown almost black and the sand next to is very dry - there is a car parked on the river bank.  Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
A birds eye view of one Kev’s incredible camping spots by the river

After setting a high standard he then moved onto a national 4wd store where he published his own guide on 4wd and camping destinations along the north coast of NSW. It was about now that Kev was going to retire, but since pulling the pin on work, his passion for all things outdoors just hasn’t stopped with a truck load of new places to explore and report on he is travelling full-time around Australia. Did we mention that he writes for a local Coffs magazine aiming at the amazing history that once was around the Coffs Coast too!

Photo of Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad in his 4 wheel drive heading along a very dry dirt road. With lots of small low lying bush and very blue sky. An aerial view of a river and bush the water is a very dark brown almost black and the sand next to is very dry - there is a car parked on the river bank.  Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev crossing another range

But it hasn’t happened overnight. From a humble blog before social media started, sharing his passion of his adventures, and freely sharing to anyone that would listen, he has been lucky enough to have travelled extensively throughout Australia chasing new and exciting destinations. Included in the travels there has also been several outback trips where he has been the support vehicle for groups of off-road motorbikes traversing the outback desert dunes well off the beaten trails.

Kev from woolgoolgaoffroad battling some very bumpy mougled tracks on a very red bush dirt track. There are bushy trees in the background. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev tackling the heavy duty red dirt moguls flex time!

Always one to help others, he created his own website to share his travels and offers advice for anything off-road or for those little hidden camping spots or secret swimming holes. Kev is everything outdoors where he likes nothing better than hiking up a gorge or down into a rainforest pocket to shoot beautiful waterfalls or simply stunning rainforest pockets. In fact, he just spent time in Tasmania exploring the island and found so much beauty around and inside the island that he can’t wait to go back. Tackling some of the great walks of Tassie he is getting ramped up for some overnight hikes across the island.

Kev from woolgoolgaoffroad travelling along in his 4 wheel drive. the photo is taken from the rear of his car travelling along a very narrow bush track. Kev from woolgoolgaoffroad camping at a place called Garwin. the photo is taken at night time under a spotlight and is of his camper trailer only which has been detached from his car. the sky is pitch black and a single tree is seen in the background. The ground is very dry. An aerial view of a river and bush the water is a very dark brown almost black and the sand next to is very dry - there is a car parked on the river bank.  Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev travelling along some nice and narrow bush tracks

It seems wherever he goes there’s always a lake to paddle across, swim in a cooling river, hike a mountain or simply tackle some of the hardest tracks that he can find, but aside from that he mentioned there’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire at night listening to the different sounds that come out at night. With one of the best 4wd and off-road camper setups you’ll ever see, it seems like there’s no place that he won’t seek out, tackle any obstacle thrown his way and then sit back to enjoy the serenity with a beer in his hand, watching the campfire crackle, and ponder what’s on tomorrows adventure list.

We are so stoked to have Kev on our team at North Storm!

Kev smith of woolgoolgaoffroad taking a selfie and pointing to the Byfield National Park sign. He is wearing a hat surrounded by trees. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev visiting Byfield National Park

More about Kev

Do you have any other interests outside of Exploring Australia?

Unfortunately not, all of my interests revolve around the outdoors, from hiking, fishing, kayaking, all adventure activities, big 4wder, camper, general explorer and blogger. Oh – but only if I’m close to the ground not 2000 feet high, that skydiving stuff does my head in and is for the birds!

photo of kev smith of woolgoolgaoffroad camping with the most amazing sunset at a place called Hell Hole Gorge. The sky has very beautiful colours of pinks and purples. he appears to be the only car and tent at this campsite. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
That sunset! Kev’s campsite at a place called ‘Hell Hole Gorge’ – remote Western QLD

Who is your idol, hero? Who inspires you the most? 

My Dad (hard worker and never gave up) inspired me the most, but my exploring idols are still the Leyland Bros, Malcolm Douglas of course our early explorers. They faced so many challenges that we could never imagine today.

Photo of Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad driving his 4 wheel drive on some very rough dry terrain. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev driving his rig through some rugged Australian terrain!

If you could travel anywhere in Australia where would you go? And why?

Oh gee, that is a bloody hard one. But I’m definitely busting my guts to get to the remote parts of Arnhem Land where the raw beauty and remoteness is calling me. Why? … I regard this part of Australia as part of our last frontier.

Kev smith from woolgoolgaofferoad driving along a very red dirt road in a remote location of australia. Photo is part of the Kev Smith ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev travelling along one of the remote roads of Australia

What motivates you each and every day?

Waking up and either learning or seeing something new every day makes me want to achieve more and more. Being fit to enjoy life and everything it throws at me motivates me to keep going.

Photo of Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad standing in front of his 4 wheel drive smiling at the camera with dark sunglasses on. In the background is an underground tunnel than runs under the hill behind him. Kev from woolgoolgaoffroad camping at a place called Garwin. the photo is taken at night time under a spotlight and is of his camper trailer only which has been detached from his car. the sky is pitch black and a single tree is seen in the background. The ground is very dry. An aerial view of a river and bush the water is a very dark brown almost black and the sand next to is very dry - there is a car parked on the river bank. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev at Boolboonda Tunnel in the Bundaberg region in QLD. Boolboonda Tunnel is an abandoned heritage-listed railway tunnel.

What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime? Goals?

Realistically I want to explore until I can’t walk or talk anymore. There is so much to see and do in this awesome land of ours.

Goals? To share my experiences to anyone who wants to listen and to make others want to get back out there.

Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad driving along on a dirt road with an old relic of a what appears to be a home at a place called Dalmorton. There are some very green hills in the background and the sky is very blue with fluffy white clouds. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev passing some relics at Dalmorton in NSW

What do you use your North Storm gear for?

Being a bloody keen 4wder – getting off road to isolated and remote places, a hiker and photographer where I need to carry camera gear often into rugged terrain where it’s either dusty or wet, my North Storm backpack is a lifesaver! It is great not having to worry about rain, waterfall spray or dust getting on my gear. I’ve crossed a few creeks too (fallen into a couple just quietly) and I know the bag has saved my gear. As a 4wder the bag occasionally gets thrown on the roof of the car or camper when we’ve got extra gear and I’ve never worried about any dust or rain that we go through.

birds eye of kev smith from woolgoolgaoffroad driving his 4 wheel drive across a river crossing and is right in the centre. There is bush surrounding him on each side but there is a nice wide 4 wheel drive track for him to get onto once he clears the river crossing. Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Kev – mid-river crossing and 4×4 tracks

Where to find Kev?

Instagram: @woolgoolgaoffroad
Facebook: @woopioffroad
Website: www.woolgoolgaoffroad.com

Kev from woolgoolgaoffroad camping at a place called Garwin. the photo is taken at night time under a spotlight and is of his camper trailer only which has been detached from his car. the sky is pitch black and a single tree is seen in the background. The ground is very dry. An aerial view of a river and bush the water is a very dark brown almost black and the sand next to is very dry - there is a car parked on the river bank.  Photo is part of the Kev Smith from woolgoolgaoffroad ambassador profile for North Storm waterproof bags.
Night light capturing Kev’s camper trailer during a stop over at GrawinNSW

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