A great experience. Wonderful country and wonderful people.
- Gwen, Women's Adventure, June 2016
- Gwen, Women's Adventure, June 2016
We met at Digger's Rest Station in the Kimberley in 2008 whilst helping out on a Digger's Rest Horse Trek. We agreed that this unique location in the remote Kimberley fosters creativity, confidence, community and friendship. We already knew Digger's had great appeal for horse riders but soon realised that artists, photographers, writers and all kinds of creatives would love it too.
We have a long association with the owners of Digger's Rest Station, Roderick and Alida Woodland. We have helped them guide many a horse trek and share their passion for the area. We get a kick out of seeing people have the time of their lives when they come here, experiencing new things, forming friendships and generally enjoying the freedom of being themselves.
We bring our knowledge and love of the Kimberley region together with our network of locals and creative professionals to provide an experience for travellers who crave a bit of adventure, a challenge and a journey of discovery. This is a holiday for people who care less about mainstream, commercial, resort luxury and more about something different where they can experience new things and feel part of something larger.
Where are we located?
The Kimberley is the final frontier of wilderness in the far north of Australia. We base ourselves on a cattle station 40kms from Wyndham and 130kms from Kununurra in the top north east corner of Western Australia. For more information on finding your way to the Kimberley, click here.
I have had a love affair with the East Kimberley for thirty years. It is a joy and a privilege for me to take guests to Digger’s Rest Station and its spectacular surrounds. My time in the region has included operating and guiding horse treks and bush walks, catching and farming crocodiles, being the camp cook, working cattle and more recently farming cattle in partnership.
For more on Andrew's background, click the Bio button below and you'll be taken to his LifeTimeWise website.
Assoc.Dip. App.Sci. (Ag Protection)
Cert IV Fine Arts.
I was always going to end up in this part of our wonderful country. My parents were lovers of nature and of Aboriginal culture. They would take the family on epic missions through the Blue Mountains in search of rock art and butterflies. Later I worked in insect and wool research before realising travel, music and art were itches I had to scratch!
I'm drawn back to this remarkable station in the Kimberley each year because of a great sense of community there and to marvel at the landscape. I was a horse trekking guide at the station over eight seasons and I love showing people around the area. I'm also a songwriter, birdwatcher, amateur photographer, writer and occasional artist.
In early 2016 after chatting with our good friend Zoey here in Australia, we travelled to Italy to meet Zoey's neice, Ella and her husband, Alessandro at their farm, Casa Rosa in Umbria with the thought that maybe we could expand On The Verandah activities to a new area.
We are lucky to have had customers returning to experience the Kimberley with us a second and even a third time! And we want to keep those friendships going and make sure we can offer returning uests something fresh and exciting.
So Italy seemed perfect and after going there, spending time at the incredibly peaceful and beautiful Casa Rosa, getting to know Ella and Alessandro and the remarkable city of Assisi, we knew straight away this is exactly the kind of place and the kind of people we want to work with. And we'd love for you to meet them too!
2017 will be a Mixed Media workshopJudith White Mixed Media Workshops of 10 days with Judith White, and who knows what the future holds?
(Casa Rosa runs Mindfulness and Pilates retreats, and retreats for Mindfulness Teachers - if you'd like to check them out.