Truckie Profiles

Destined to become a truckie

Versatile Joshua Markwort, 36, had been a farmhand and shearer before becoming a truck driver about eight years ago.

He drives a Western Star 4800 for Wyee Transport, based on the central coast of NSW. It has depots at Wyee, Brisbane and Melbourne.

“I will be soon driving a Kenworth K200 which will have more room to move in,” Markwort told Big Rigs.

He mainly hauls general freight and said despite getting work early on driving a tractor on a farm and shearing, he was always going to become a truckie.

“I grew up around trucks from when I was about 10 with my dad Ted who is an owner driver,” he said.

Having a small electric stove and a microwave with him on his travels means that Markwort doesn’t stop at many roadhouses except to fuel up.

“I cook most of my own food and enjoy pasta and stir fry,” he said.

Markwort reckons that parts of the Hume Highway are challenging to drive along but he said the route had some positives. “There are plenty of rest areas along the Hume,” he said.

Outside work Markwort enjoys fishing around Woy Woy which includes at a lake.

“I have caught flathead and silver bream which are good eating,” he said.

The most unusual load he hauled was the front part of a boat between Melbourne and Brisbane.

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