I arrived in Darwin in 2009 specifically to experience a Tropical Summer.
I was instantly hooked as I immersed myself in the thundering storms and lightning so intense it lit up the night sky. The heavy rainfall, flooding wetlands and the lush green landscape brought birds into town and sweet smelling flowers to the trees. I couldn’t wait to get out and about – to be part of this exciting destination. Contrary to what people were saying, I found there was loads to see and do. I loved it so much that I decided to go on a mission to inspire people to love the wet season, as I do.
I am a member of Tourism Top End and the NT Writers Centre. I recently wrote some travel pieces for Tourism NT and in 2012 I was one of the writers in residence at the Territory Wildlife Park, co-publishing a book called Wild Words. In addition I write for Explore Australia updating their guide books. I am very active in the world of tourism. I belong to a number of networking groups, have a stall selling my books at Parap Markets, and organise numerous presentations and author’s signings at community events and local bookshops.
I’m originally from the UK but have spent the last 38 years in Australia. I am married to an “Aussie” and worked for 25 years in the IT industry in Sydney, climbing the corporate ladder and working all the hours available. Then in 1996 Ken and I took a few months off and travelled to the Kimberley. This started the travel bug. We had a 4WD, we went off-the-beaten track and we camped. I loved the wide open spaces, the brilliant blue skies, the perpetual warmth and the outdoor living.
Back in Sydney, the IT industry seemed a million miles away from the travel scene. So I opted out and started my own travel business. I designed itineraries for corporate travellers who wanted to see the “locals” side of the City. I had a lot of fun and I too discovered a new Sydney which I wanted to share with others.
Then in 2005 we started a new chapter of our lives. We sold everything we owned to travel Australia in a 4WD and an off-road trailer. For 5 years we explored up and down the country, delving into the locals scene and the off the beaten track destinations.