AUSTRALIA ‘PUT ME IN MY PLACE’
It takes a lot to put a Scotsman in his place — just ask Neil Oliver.
The archaeologist and TV presenter made a once-in-alifetime journey to the northernmost part of the Kimberley for the new season of Coast Australia, and it put the briefness of life into startling perspective.
There, between Broome and Wyndham in remote Western Australia, where no film crew has been permitted before, he had an almost spiritual experience.
“You can feel the age of the earth,” Oliver explains.
“When you stand upon land laid down billions of years ago, you’re reminded of the transience of human life. If I’m lucky, I might get 70 years and then I’ll be gone.
“An experience like the Kimberley leaves a permanent mark. It puts you in your place.”
Oliver visited Australia for the first time in 2013 so he’s “still getting to know the place”, but traversing it with a film crew for 10 weeks of the year has been quite the tour, he says.
“People like being reminded that they live somewhere special and that’s what this show tries to do. It bolsters a sense of pride, and you have a lot to be proud of.”
WATCH COAST AUSTRALIA, HISTORY, MONDAY, 7.30PM