Truckie Profiles

Two decades in the job

Mark Dunbar was taking a load of pineapples from Caboolture in Queensland to Melbourne when Big Rigs saw him.

Dunbar, 53, works for Fruithaul and was driving a colourful Kenworth K104B.

I saw him parked up at the Frank Partridge VC rest area on the Remembrance Highway between Sydney and Canberra.

He said the only negative about that rest area – which honours Australian servicemen – was the number of flies there.

“I will have a backload of salad produce from Melbourne to Queensland,” he said.

A truckie for the past 20 years, Dunbar has been with Fruithaul for the past two. He revealed that the first truck he drove was an International snub nose.

Dunbar likes stopping at the BP Nambucca Heads Roadhouse when in the area.

“They have good food, showers and facilities for drivers,” he said.

As for the worst road he has been on recently, Dunbar was quick to answer.

“It would have to be parts of the Newell where there are lots of potholes,” he said.

When off work Dunbar is like many drivers and enjoys riding motorbikes.

“I ride around the Sunshine Coast hinterland,” he said.

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