100 Things to See in the Kimberley book review by Rachael Oxborrow
What better way to tour one of Australia’s amazing and iconic locations than with a local tour guide by your side? This is what you gain with 100 Things to See in the Kimberley, which is put together by Kununurra local Scotty Connell.
Designed to fit in your backpack or glove box and be a true guide to the Kimberley, Scotty’s book highlights some of his favourite places. These are locations he has made his life’s mission to find, to drive, to hike, to fly over and boat.
He splits his travel guide into regions and uses maps of each area to detail the landmarks he recommends. It covers Broome and the Dampier Peninsula, takes you along Gibb River Road, visits Mitchell Plateau and Kalumburu and gives you the key sites to visit around Kununurra and the East Kimberley. Finally, it takes you on a journey of the Great Northern Highway and the Kimberley Coast.
Often the challenge when planning a trip is capturing all of the information, the options and making sure you don’t miss out on the ‘must dos’. The beauty of this guide is all the information is in one place and the imagery used throughout the book gives you a real feel for what the Kimberley has to offer.
Scotty Connell is sharing his 100 recommendations for places to see from his own experiences. This follows from a lifelong career fuelled by his passion for travel and exploration. He has led elite Nepalese Gurkhas on wild, wet season training missions; he’s hiked through the Kimberley’s untamed ranges looking for unnamed waterfalls and he’s hosted celebrities looking for unique Aussie encounters.
Among those celebrities is former professional rugby union player and television personality Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins, who likens Scotty’s relationship to the Kimberley to the perfect pairing of Vegemite and hot toast.
When asked about his all-time favourite place in the Kimberley, Scotty struggles to narrow down his answer.
“I can’t answer that without naming my top five, then adding at least another five,” he said.
“Long story short, I’m terrible at answering that question and, if I do ever give you an answer, you’ll find that I’ve probably changed my mind by the next time we speak!
“I’ve come to love the desert country more than ever, with its hidden oases and vast savannah plains. The Kimberley has it all! I love nothing more than sharing it with like-minded visitors. I hope this book will heighten your senses and put places into perspective so that, even at the stage of planning your visit, you’ll already feel connected with the region and its people,” he added.