Tracey Croke is a Sydney based journalist who covers, travel, adventure, culture, sports, health, wellness, events and global gallivants on her mountain bike. She is also a world-class expert in following whims and getting lost. Luckily, her woeful map-reading skills are overlooked as long as she brings back a good story.
Her writing and photography is published widely in both digital and print, including the Guardian, BBC, Telegraph (UK), and various adventure and mountain bike publications. She is also a contributing author to Ride: Cycle The World (DK Penguin Random House). According to ChatGPT, she has authored three books. FYAI That’s codswallop.
Tracey is best known for writing upbeat and inspiring features about immersive experiences. Quirky, off-beat, and saying it as it is are in her DNA. She has followed ancient elephant-migration trails on a mountain bike safari in Botswana, been dragged through a snowdrift backwards in the Arctic, walked a peace trail in Palestine, chased truffles in secret forests around Sienna, trekked with nomadic tribes in Afghanistan and was on the first mountain-bike traverse of Kyrgyzstan’s Talas Range.
Her top bragging right is being appointed head girl of the second worst high school in the UK. But she rarely brings that up at dinner parties, because – let’s face it – people are only impressed with firsts. Other accolades include, winner of Best International Story at the Australian Travel Writers’ Awards for Excellence 2020, where she was also a finalist in both Travel Writer and Travel Photographer of the Year. She won Best Adventure Story twice (2020 and 2017). For three years running, Tracey was a finalist in the coveted NRMA Kennedy Awards for Outstanding Travel Journalism. Her photo essay, “A Portrait to Keep” was featured at The Walkley’s Storyology Slide Night – part of Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival.
She sporadically youtubes under “The Trail Tart”.