100 things to see in the Kimberley is rich in photos of stunning places to visit, has well set out maps and breaks the Kimberley into iconic, easy to navigate sections. Scotty injects his sense of wonder and knowledge into the book, with bite size pieces of information and photos of each place he suggests is worth a visit.
Once I opened the pages, I couldn’t put it down, mentally ticking off places we had already visited and marking those that we had missed. If you are planning a trip to the Kimberley, then this book is a must if you want to get the most of your trip.
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.
The innocuous sounding title of this book makes it one that could be easily overlooked but, with many of its images as striking as the cover, it has a lot to offer. It is packed with information and each of the 100 things it covers has space allocated for readers to jot down their own notes. Written by a local guide who grew up listening to his Broome neighbour Malcolm Douglas telling stories about exploring the Kimberley, it offers down-to-earth commentary and tips on the best time to visit each place.
Hype aside, what sets this book apart is that it’s not just another guide full of maps, distances and mileage charts. While it does contain basic maps, they are just for putting the Kimberley and all places mentioned into context. This book is all about what to do once you’ve used the other maps and guide book to get there, and as such it’s a great quick reference guide.
We thought we’d visited most of The Kimberley attractions, but Scotty’s book showed us a few that we haven’t seen… 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.