PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

Gordon Dedman is a former member of the Australian Army 1st Commando Regiment and is currently a survival instructor in NORFORCE, an Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU) which conducts patrols in the remote wilderness areas of northern Australia, working closely with Aboriginal communities.

Gordon provides civilian training in Australia through his school Bushcraft Survival Australia. In addition, Gordon works seasonally as a tour guide in Kakadu National Park, which is Australia’s largest national park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometers.

I first met Gordon when he undertook some courses with me in the UK a few years back and we have kept in regular contact ever since.

For this podcast we caught up in Melbourne, Australia to discuss Gordon’s experiences and work, and to get into some detail on bushcraft and survival in Australia.

Also it’s worth mentioning that I’m often asked by younger people how to create a career around bushcraft and survival skills. Gordon’s career path is an interesting one and I think the way he balances his different interests, commitments and income streams is thought provoking for those who wish to work in our field, whether young people looking to build a career or older people looking to change career direction.

Our conversation forms Episode 49 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…

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Bushcraft Survival Australia website

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Links Mentioned For This Podcast

Les Hiddins, the Bush Tucker Man
Bob Cooper Outback Survival
Using A Termite Mound For An Oven
Paul Kirtley’s Online Bushcraft Courses

Books Mentioned In This Podcast

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10 thoughts on “PK Podcast 49: Gordon Dedman On Australian Bushcraft And Survival

  1. Another great pod cast.
    I have been lucky enough to have been on a number of his courses and he certainly knows his stuff.
    The mozzies in Darwin do have two peak seasons but they are present all year round.
    Looking forward to part 2 and any other podcast.

    1. Hi Justin,

      It’s good to hear from you. I’m glad you enjoyed this podcast with Gordo. I know you were looking forward to hearing this conversation in particular.

      Thanks for the extra info on the Darwin mossies 🙂

      More good podcasts in the pipeline….



  2. Excellent podcast. Thanks Gordon & Paul. Shared on FBIbook.
    I doubt though that the “man-made climate change” conspiracy terrorists & pseudo-scientific prostitutes will be chuffed with Gordon’s comments about the real reasons for the Aussie bushfires, but hey, truth is truth.

  3. Great podcast and some very useful resources! I’ve been checking out some of Gordon’s videos and there is a lot of really useful stuff on them! I’ll definitely be looking him up next time I’m down under!

  4. Thank you Paul and Gordon for an excellent podcast and the knowledge shared and stories.

    Paul, I appreciate the time and effort that goes into producing these podcasts (and your blog.)

  5. Thanks for an amazing podcast. So far ive listened to it twice over. Perhaps Gordon could be the next Les on tv?

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