Bradley James ANDERSON
Age: 21 Years when missing
Height: 182 cm Hair: Fair Eyes: Blue
Bradley ANDERSON was last seen on
the 30th of August, 1985 at Windjana
Gorge which is approximately 140kms
east of Derby, WA. He was last seen by
the ranger and ANDERSON told him
that he intended to travel to derby.
He was travelling on a bicycle and
was carrying a back pack and a two
Despite extensive inquiries and a
land and air search by Police and
comprehensive media coverage, there
has been no information regarding
his whereabouts since then.
Concern is held for his welfare.
If anyone has seen Bradley James
ANDERSON , or has information
regarding this persons whereabouts,
please contact 1800 333 000
Crimestoppers WA -
Bradley James Anderson was born and educated in Queensland. After completing his
Bachelor of Arts Degree (majoring in Journalism), he worked as a cadet
journalist for the Queensland Times in Ipswich from May to September 1984. He
resigned from his job to take the time to cycle around Australia to see the
Mr Anderson had been in the Army Reserve and enjoyed outdoors activities like
abseiling and bushwalking. He was also thinking of writing his own book and
believed experiences travelling throughout Australia could form the basis of
Windjana Gorge National Park is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia,
approximately 1800 km northeast of Perth and around 350 km east of Broome.
In November 1984, Mr Anderson set out from Queensland on his 10 speed bike which
was equipped with panniers (a basket, bag, box, or similar container, carried in
pairs). He took with him a backpack, two-man tent and camping equipment.
Whilst travelling he sent regular letters to his parents, often enclosing
unprocessed rolls of film he had taken with his small Kodak camera.
Whilst in Adelaide, Mr Anderson’s original bike was stolen, he purchased a new
light brown/bronze coloured ‘Porsch’ brand to continue his journey.
Mr Anderson left Adelaide in May 1985, heading north. In the main street of Port
Augusta, he bumped into an old school friend and told him he had arranged a lift
with a truck driver towards Darwin. Mr Anderson mentioned that he intended to
alternate between cycling and then hitching lifts for the; “long boring
Mr Anderson reached Darwin in May 1985 and made his way into the North of
Western Australia. He took the Gibb River Road and headed towards Derby.
On the night of Thursday 29 August 1985, Mr Anderson spent the night camping at
Windjana Gorge in the King Leopold Ranges (approximately 355 km east of Broome).
He paid the ranger $3 for his camping permit.
The next morning, Mr Anderson spoke to the same ranger who gave him details of
two waterholes on the way to Derby where he could replenish his water bottles.
One was on Kimberley Downs Station (about 10km south of the Windjana Gorge
turnoff) and the other was Blina Station (about 50km further on).
On this day, the weather was warm, with a maximum temperature in the mid-30s. Mr
Anderson set off on his travels at 10am. This was the last sighting of Mr
Mr Anderson was reported missing by a family member on 13 November 1985. Police
conducted a search of the Gibb River Road area with local cattle stations,
rangers and missions asked to keep an eye out for Mr Anderson.
In October 1987 an aerial search was conducted by Police Air Wing of the Gibb
River Road between Derby and Windjana Gorge and the general Gorge area. Neither
Mr Anderson or his bicycle were located during the aerial search.
To this date there have been no positive sightings of Mr Anderson and none of
his personal effects have been located.
The person or persons responsible for Mr Anderson’s disappearance have not yet
If you have any information about Bradley James Anderson disappearance, or his
movements around Western Australia in August 1985 please contact Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000 or make an online report
below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and
rewards are offered