Terra Roam is the first woman to walk around the whole of Australia alone and completely unassisted. No support cars, no friends/companions, just her. Alone. 4 years and 22,000 kilometres.
Terra is no stranger to epic expeditions, hiking and exploring throughout the world in her younger years and also enduring long walks across various parts of Australia. Adventure and the outdoors have been with her since early childhood and the latest achievement of completing a solo trek around our great continent was merely a natural progression from her childhood love of being outside and exploring.
Through walking, Terra nurtured her own health and well being and used her on foot journeys to raise awareness and money for a range of different causes from marine conservation to her most recent campaign for suicide awareness through Lifeline.
I quizzed Terra in our chat about her motivations to be out on the road by herself, some of the challenges she has faced on these trips (injuries, violence, stalking) but also the amazing people that she has connected with who have shared their stories with her. Many of us living in larger cities forget some of the issues that plague people in more rural areas and Terra’s story certainly brings light and awareness to many in Australia who consistently do it tough and have little resources to reach out and gain support from.
I hope that everyone feels inspired from this story not only from Terra’s achievements but also the awareness that we all need to have when supporting one another. If you know anyone who needs some help or maybe you’re looking for some support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or search for the equivalent in your neck of the woods. If you need help locating who is in your area, let me know as I would be more than happy to help.
We’ll catch up with Terra in 2019 when the next big adventure takes place and hopefully her book will be ready to share. In the meantime, you can follow Terra using the links below;
Follow Terra on Facebook | Instagram |
Learn more about Terra via her Terra Roams Earth website
Need some assistance or want to help someone? Lifeline Website or call 13 11 14 | Beyond Blue or call 1300 224 636 |
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