Arno Bay resident Mick Tollenaar, or ‘Mad Mick’ as he is now known, has turned heads on a ‘skullduggery’ road trip.
He has carried 350 skulls in the back of his ute for 4500 kilometres on a drive to the Eyre Peninsula from his second home in Queensland.
The ‘Mad Mick’s Skullduggery Tour’ was born after it was decided to transport the animal 350 skulls back to the Eyre Peninsula.
He said he undertook the 17-day road trip to encourage people to get out and about.
He also hoped to raise awareness about the drought conditions he had seen.
“Every few years I take a driving holiday, and this year I thought well I want to inspire people to get off the Xbox and get outside,” Mr Tollenaar said.
The road trip has taken Mr Tollenarr through several country and regional areas along the way, including Silverton just outside Broken Hill where he was recruited as an extra for a television series during his stay.
He said over the course of the trip he spent over $1200 on fuel.
The coal miner said he mainly collected the skulls from the small meat works near his Queensland home.
“They had some big beasts and one day I chanced it and I went in and asked if I could have some skulls for a carton of beer,” Mr Tollenaar said.
The journey has been documented on Facebook, with the 1978 Ford F100 ute turning heads across the country.
“I’ll be driving and people will make U-turns to come and check it all out,” Mr Tollenaar said.
“Everywhere I go people both young and old want to take photos, look at all the skulls and have a chat.”
Mr Tollenaar said some of the 350 skulls would be used to decorate his EP home.
The rest will go to friends and some may be sold to local artists to refurbish and engrave.
Mr Tollenaar lives in Clermont in Queensland for his job, but returns to his Arno Bay home at least every three months with his beloved three-year old English bull terrier, Bully.
More information about the tour can be found on the ‘Mad Mick’s Skullduggery Tour’ Facebook page.