Trucking near and far

James Hewitt has been a truckie for over 30 years, driving trucks in countries all around the world before making Australia his home. Hewitt was born in Auckland, New Zealand and arrived in Australia back in 2008. “I did 10 years in the USA and drove through many countries in Europe including Italy and Spain,” he said.

Even though it was raining the day I saw truckie James Hewitt, who was parked up along the Townsville Port Access Road, he was more than happy to have a yarn to Big Rigs. Aged 50, Hewitt works for B&K Bulk Haulage which is based at Gladstone and he was driving a Kenworth T909 towing a quad. “I have cement bound for Cloncurry,” he said.

The outback town, also known as Long Gully is 780km along the Flinders Highway from coastal Townsville. “Parts of the Flinders Highway can be rough although it is no worse than the Blackwater to Alpha section of the Leichhardt,” he said. Hewitt was praiseworthy of staff and facilities at the Townsville BP Cluden Roadhouse.

“The food is good and the facilities are clean with plenty of parking and staff remember your name from your face,” he said.

Sporting impressive tattoos on his arms which he is proud of, Hewitt barracks for the Cowboys in the NRL.