The Kimberley is one of Australia’s last untamed wilderness areas. It is a land of extreme beauty, extreme weather and extreme wonder. To travel here is an adventure, however you do it. 100 Things to See in the Kimberley is the culmination of a life spent exploring the Kimberley. Written by Scotty Connell, Kununurra local and award-winning tour guide, the 180-page ‘bucketlist’ book takes readers to some of Scotty’s favourite places across the north west of Australia, from stunning, fern-lined pools, to incredible waterfalls and through wonders found nowhere else on Earth.
Unlike many destination guides, this one was penned by a local who spends nearly every day searching out its secrets. Each page has space for the reader to make their own notes; each of the places are mapped out in the front and all are included in the order you’ll come across them if you begin an adventure in Broome.
A5 in size, it’s designed to fit in a backpack or a glove box, rather than be left on a coffee table.
Softcover | Published by Exploring Eden Media
March 25, 2019 | 180 Pages | ISBN 978-0-6484646-0-0
“From his early years Scotty spent his time exploring this amazing area and worked with various tour operators and indigenous communities before starting his own tour business. His recently published book, 100 Things To See In The Kimberley, is a comprehensive list of the principal attractions in the greater Kimberley region and that makes it unusual, because most tour operators keep their cards close to their chests, not sharing sites for people to explore on their own.
We thought we’d visited most of The Kimberley attractions, but Scotty’s book showed us a few that we haven’t seen. Guess we’ll have to go back at least once more and, next time, we’ll link up with Scotty Connell!
The format of Scotty’s book is unusual, in that it’s not a collection of different travel itineraries. Instead, it lists and illustrates with brilliant photography the principal points of interest in what is a very large area of North Western Australia, letting readers pick and choose what they find most most interesting. Making that itinerary building task easier are reference maps with highlighted sites numbered for easy reference.
We’d recommend 100 Things To See In The Kimberley to anyone planning a visit to the ruggedly beautiful North West. Our review copy has pride of place on our office bookshelf”
“100 Things To See In The Kimberley” is presented as a "travel guidebook written by Kununurra-based tour guide Scotty Connell". Scotty grew up in Broome, is now based in Kununurra and he founded and still runs a highly regarded Kimberley tour company. This made me expect a detailed guide with a lot of local insider information, similar to what you find in my own books. Well, this book is as different as can be.
The book presents one hundred different sights in the Kimberley, some very well known, some little known. Each location has a single or double page, one or more great photos, a short description, and then some additional tips. Overall it is very well organised and nicely presented. Very easy to digest.
Initially, when looking at those example pages, I was disappointed. Nothing special here, shallow, no real info. Or so I thought. I am glad I asked for the review copy because there is more to this book. Many of the other pages DO contain the insider info that I had been expecting of someone like Scotty and I found many little tidbits that were new even to me. Maybe the example pages are not very well selected. Then again, I wouldn't want to give away the best parts of my book in a free preview either.
Anyway, you often find interesting historical and background info or useful tips in the main descriptions, plus additional tips and info in sidebars, sometimes things that really only the locals know about. Scotty also covers a part of the Kimberley that I do not write about at all: The Kimberley coast that is only accessible by plane, helicopter or a large boat.
What I also like are the maps in the beginning. They won't help with the driving or detailed planning (can't beat the HEMA map or Kimberley Atlas when it comes to that), but all the locations are numbered and marked on the maps, giving you a good overview of how everything fits together. What you will not find is info that actually helps you in the planning of your trip or while on the road, and I don't feel it should be called a "guidebook".
Since I only saw an electronic copy I can't say anything about the paper or print quality, but I actually feel this would make a very nice coffee table book. A book that you can pick up any time, open on any page, and enjoy. Or, if you are about to go or have been on a trip, a book to make your visitors very envious... It would also make a good present, either for someone who has been on a Kimberley trip and now can't stop talking about it, or for someone who may be dreaming about such a trip but hasn't decided yet. This will get them moving for sure!”
“AB is sent quite a lot of books to review, and obviously enough, they range in quality and application across a very wide spectrum. Few actually stop me in my tracks, giving me pause through a busy day to sit and quietly thumb through the book, before deciding whether to put it aside to read later, after work. This book did that.
Written by Scotty Connell, one of the most experienced guides working full-time in the Kimberley, it is a wealth of information. Cleverly broken up into short grabs, quick points, interesting facts, and indexed very carefully, it is an essential "tool" for anyone planning any kind of expedition in the Kimberley. Whether you are travelling through the Kimberley by RV, caravan, 4WD road camping or sleeping on the boat as you come down the coast, Scotty’s book is a little gold mine. I couldn’t put it down, and despite reading just about everything that’s ever been written about this fabulous chunk of Australia, I’ve learned a lot more going through his book – and I’m looking forward to reading it again and again in the weeks and months ahead, and using it as background reference for our work in AB.”
“Initially I must admit, I completely judged this book by its cover. There is a lot of really cool stuff to see in The Kimberley, Lake Argyle infinity pool does not even make it to our top ten. I then assumed this was going to be a book full of wanky, touristy stuff to do. Well there’s a reason they tell you not to do that…
This book is actually brilliant. It is quite possibly the most concise and complete guide to the most amazing area in Australia, and shamefully for us, there are so many gorgeous places that we had no idea even existed. Looks like we will have to head back for another adventure! The pictures are incredible and there are plenty of them, each destination has loads of info on the best times to visit and what to do when you get there, as well as how to get there. Unfortunately a few places in there are inaccessible for your average Joe like me but they add authenticity to the book and as I said, the pictures are pretty cool too. Also if I ever win the lottery or wake up with a new adventurous, limit pushing personality I’ll have a list ready for me.”