Brief overview about me:-
Chilling out on Chilli (Beach) on the Cape York Peninsula.
Welshman and Pharmacist by trade, backpacked Australia 2002, emigrated in 2005. Over two years locuming as a pharmacist in Exmouth, NW Australia, an interest was developed in reptiles, especially the stunning Thorny Devil lizard, which took two long years to find. Locating a Thorny Devil through a great deal of research and long hot hours in the bush gave a first addictive buzz finding wildlife.
After moving to the cooler climes of Perth, the interest in wildlife was maintained through mammals. Starting with the supposedly easy diurnal Numbat, that still took a while to find! Before progressing onto more difficult nocturnal mammals.
I have since travelled the four corners of the Australian Continent searching for wildlife. The island state of Tasmania will always hold a special place in my heart after a first interstate wildlife watching trip through the mystical rainforest of that state.
A visit to the Kimberley in 2018 was life changing. The landscape and indigenous culture in this remote and wild landscape made a huge impression. Bachsten Bush Camp 145km down the rough Munja Track was extreme adventure, but the numerous endemic species at this remote location made every rough kilometre worth it.
I cut my teeth bushwalking on the 135km Cape to Cape Track in Southwest WA over a week in 2015. From there I graduated to the 1000km Bibbulmun Track walked end to end over a 3 year period. Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania during Winter in 2017 became an extreme situation when I developed a chest infection a long way from help. Conversely, while hiking the Larapinta and Jatbula Trails recently heat has been the main challenge!
I write this blog for me as a means of documenting memories, but hope that other people may benefit from the information within.
Through this blog I share my love of Australia, where I truly feel blessed to wake up each day.
I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. I pay my respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
Please feel free to contact me for any advice, I’m always delighted to help….happy hunting/walking. 😀