Walkabout to Wisdom

Finalist 2019 International Book Awards – Best New Non-fiction; Spirituality General; Travel: Guides and Essays

Finalist 2019 Book Excellent Awards – Travel category

Honourable mention Readers Favourites 2019 International Books Awards – Non-fiction Environment category

Walkabout to Wisdom, an inspiring, beguiling and evocative story from the Australian Outback, will leave you enthralled and enchanted so universal are its themes and so important is its message today.

“Liberated” from his investment banking career in New York, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Lachlan returned to his beloved Outback for a two year walkabout – a journey in which he came to intimately connect with Nature’s teaching and the life wisdom it makes available to all.

From the majestic vastness of its deserts to the rugged beauty of the Kimberley, Lachlan’s soulful tale will take you to the most captivating places on the Australian continent. His love for the land, and respect for its capacity to heal and reawaken, will mesmerise you with its insight, honesty and humanity.

Walkabout to Wisdom, quite simply, gives Nature the articulate voice we now need to hear more than ever.


Lachlan Hughson, the son of a mining engineer and teacher, was born in Broken Hill. Growing up in remote mining and cattle towns across the continent, Lachlan connected with the Australian bush at a young age. It was the experiences and insights gained from his childhood walkabout, in conjunction with an unexpected career interruption 20 years later, which inspired the writing of his first book: Walkabout to Wisdom.

Following his experience in the mining industry, combined with university holidays spent working on several Central Queensland cattle stations, Lachlan’s fascination with corporate finance manifested as a natural resources investment banking career in Sydney and New York. It was from New York, following his ‘liberation’ after the September 11, 2001 attacks, he returned to Australia to relearn the life wisdom he had unwittingly lost to the demands and dis-ease of the modern world.

While his most important life lessons have come from the natural world, Lachlan is equally at ease in the investment banking and business worlds. He holds a Master of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Master of Science degree (with Distinction) from Imperial College London. He is both an Australian and British citizen.

Lachlan’s desire to give the natural world a voice, in this time of profound cultural, technological, and environmental change, was the catalyst for putting his career on hold in 2018 to publish this book following its slow evolution in the 15 years since completing his journey. He remains on walkabout, personally and professionally, seeking other paths to connect with Nature’s teaching and wisdom.

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