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Beau Miles. Award winning filmmaker, poly-jobist, speaker, writer, odd.

On a recent crossing of Bass Strait in a sea kayak, Beau Miles was voted 5th worst dressed in a party of 5. Being offbeat and NQR speaks volumes about how Beau goes about life and represents himself to the world, believing wholeheartedly that we’re all weird. With a PhD in Outdoor Education, a string of successful short films under his belt, Beau’s exploits are funny, authentic, insightful and being copied all over the world.

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Beau’s offbeat stories of adventure exemplify a curious view of the human condition.

YouTuber, new dad, and self-described oddball who needs to shower more, Beau has been finding ways to satisfy his adventurous spirit both abroad and in his backyard.

Big Gums

15 MINUTES
This is the story of spending a night in a big old gumtree. Strapped to three builders planks- one of which had a large crack that I thought was spilled paint, I slept with one eye open, which was pleasant because I could see the view.

The Human Bean

26 MINUTES
Inspired by a half-page scene in John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat, where a family of poor, super healthy kids eat an almost exclusive bean diet, Beau decides to do much the same thing.

Run the Line

24 MINUTES
Overgrown, farmed, pushed out, sold off and only half there, Beau Miles aims to re-run the old Warragul-Noojee Railway line, which snaked for 42km through the foothills of Mt.Baw Baw, and ran from 1892-1954.

Junk Projects

2 EPISODES
I hate waste. This series is about making something out of nothing; canoe paddle from junk wood, new office from old office, and a resplendent chariot made from side-of-the road gems.

Upcoming Book

The Backyard Adventurer

After years of adventuring around the globe – running, kayaking, hitchhiking, exploring – Beau Miles came back to his block in country Victoria. Staying put for the first time in years, Beau developed a new kind of lifestyle as the Backyard Adventurer.

Autoethnographic Inquiry

The Secret Life of the Sea Kayaker

Beau’s PHD investigated the lived experience of sea kayaking as a form of expeditionary practice. The project was positioned as a phenomenological narrative during a 15-day sea kayak crossing of Bass Strait, between the Australian mainland and Tasmania.

Event

If you build it, they will come

Sorry for the Kevin Costner metaphor, but it’s a great movie. Right up there with Dirty Dancing.  I’m dreaming. It’s the usual mix of sexy-time or unfinished business with a bully from childhood (not related dreamscapes). Then I’m at a film showing. The theatre is a small beach cove where the…
Bass by Kayak

Q&A write up: Kayaking Australia’s Bass Strait

Over two full weeks, we crossed from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in sea kayaks. Three hundred odd people have made the crossing in the modern era, and Aboriginal Australians did it during the last ice age in canoes. For the seafarer, linking together the perfectly spaced islands feels like…
Trail Running

Continuing AAWT washup

Today marks three weeks since I left the track. Flatly, I miss it. I still remember the lost trails, jungle thick re-growth, a shin twice as large as its opposite, driving rain, dusty heat- like yesterday. But it's waning, the vivid livingness of it - both good and bad. I…
Beauisms
What I write on my entry card when coming home
A Mile an Hour
To my body, the idiot
A Mile an Hour
Running a mile an hour
Beauisms
Year of Mortality
Beau Miles Junk Paddle
Beauisms
Making a Junk Paddle
Philosophy
What not to do when prepping for a TED talk

I’m currently backdating my adult life on Instagram.