How I came to love the Kimberley… by Lucy Periton

 My Kimberley adventure tour in western Australia

My Kimberley adventure tour in western Australia

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. 

 Adam & I on one of our many adventures... this time in Vietnam.

Adam & I on one of our many adventures... this time in Vietnam.