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Walkabout to Wisdom

‘An uplifting and inspiring book casting a net of ideas and insights as wide and challenging as its subject – the Australian Outback.’

                                                                    James Harker-Mortlock, Australian Rural & Regional News


From the majesty of Uluru and its surrounding deserts to the rugged grandeur of the Kimberley and Pilbara landscapes, the Australian Outback inspires a deep connection with the timeless wisdom of the natural world. It is a place where this wisdom reveals itself in many ways, each day, when the walkabout soul allows themselves to be seduced by the wonder of this ancient land, and its physical and spiritual magnificence.


Walkabout to Wisdom, an evocative story of such a journey reintroduces us to the essence and importance of this natural wisdom, and its inherent capacity to teach and heal. With reviews from leading Australian environmentalists and authors, and a foreword from one of Australia’s most respected songwriters, this story will leave you enchanted and enthralled so important is its heartfelt message today.



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.


Visit Lachlan’s Website




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