"I absolutely loved doing the show and there were so many unforgettable highlights. Australia is amazing and much more beautiful than I’d imagined. It’s not only the thousands of beaches or the incredible Great Barrier Reef. It’s so spectacular inland as well, the red dirt in the outback and the area around Urulu, the immense mountains, the vastness of the landscapes – astounding.
"I was lucky enough to do some awesome walks, and getting to hug a massive 80-metre Karri tree in the Boranup Forest was a life highlight for me. The wildlife is mind-blowing too. Most animals in Australia are only found there – because of the country’s geographic isolation. So they’re strangely different to the wildlife we’re familiar with in the UK. Getting up close and personal with the duck-billed platypus was memorable. The cuddly koala was almost out-cuted by a little marsupial called the quokka which has become famous for posing in selfies with people. And finding myself on a tiny boat surrounded by frighteningly-enormous saltwater crocodiles certainly got the adrenalin pumping. They can even climb trees! It was all a far cry from watching red squirrels in Northumberland for Countryfile!
"I met so many interesting and inspiring people. Like the couple who live 200km from anything, on one of the country’s largest and most remote cattle stations. They have three daughters, and there’s no school, no shop, nothing. As a mother I found that quite amazing. A wonderful Aboriginal family gave me a personal tour of a rainforest and I was welcomed to Perth by an Aboriginal elder who conducted a really spiritual Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country ceremony – such a special experience, I proudly wore my face markings around Perth for the rest of that day. Another passionate and dedicated person I met was David Hohnen, the man who started the Cloudy Bay revolution. And Chase Johnson, who took me out on that little boat to see crocodiles almost too close for comfort. Chases’s nickname is ‘the Crocodile Duchess’ – what a brave woman."