I landed my first footsteps on Australian soil almost 6 years ago and at the time, I had no idea that my life was about to change in a big way. I’d chosen Australia as the destination for my first trip travelling solo, and after working hard in the UK for many years I was ready for an adventure.
It began in 2011 in Darwin when I joined a group of fellow travellers on a tour bus and we made our way from Darwin to Alice Springs. Back then, when I arrived in Darwin, I never imagined living there, not because I didn’t like it but I simply couldn’t fathom how my life would lead me to live in an outback town in tropical northern Australia.
I had a wild time on the journey from Darwin to Alice Springs, and when it was over a group of us jumped on a plane to Cairns to begin the tour from Cairns to Sydney. It was whilst on this tour that I learnt about the Kimberley, we were shown a promotional video of the region and from that moment on I was hooked.
When I arrived in Sydney at the end of the tour I knew Australia wasn’t going to let me go; I loved the people, the lifestyle and the weather. After having such an amazing time I promised myself I’d be back, and 7 months later I was. I had a job in Sydney and I had my heart set on a Kimberley adventure tour. In April 2012 I booked the trip and I left Broome on a 9-day Kimberley tour up to Darwin.
I discovered the Kimberley has an innate ability to make you forget about the hustle and bustle of the major cities and is able to transport you to a simpler life. It was heaven. I truly loved it all; from the Bungle Bungles to Tunnel Creek and everything in between. For me I loved the style of travel, it was basic but you had everything you needed. The Kimberley allowed me to completely escape my life and believe that all I knew was my existence in the Kimberley, for 9 days anyway.
The Kimberley adventure tour was a constant whirlwind of activity; we spotted native wildlife and I saw so many creatures I’d never seen in the wild before, including blue-tongued lizards, short-haired rock wallabies and an olive python. I was able to enjoy endless sunrises and sunsets, laugh around the campfire and my biggest treat of all was sleeping in a swag under the stars. The Kimberley has an amazing starry ceiling, it’s unpolluted and allows you to lie down at night and have a clear view of all the constellations in the sky. The entire Kimberley is so magnificent you simply have to see it to believe it. I was blown away by the whole experience; it was nature like I’d never seen it before, completely untouched wilderness and breathtaking views all around.
Since this Kimberley tour I have been back several times and I’m currently planning my fourth trip! The Kimberley changed my life in so many ways and not least of all because I was fortunate enough to meet Adam; he made me want to take my life in a new direction and he is the reason I now call an outback town in tropical northern Australia my home.