Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

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.”


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