A mother has spoken of her pride for her daughter who is set to become the first women to ride across Australia on horseback.
Marlene Hingley, from Stourbridge, said she would be "emotional with pride and joy" when she meets her veterinary nurse daughter Anna at the end of her trek next month.
Miss Hingley, aged 24, began her journey from the town of Broome on the coast of north Western Australia on March 17.
She expects to arrive in Cairns, on the northeastern coast, in early August after travelling 1,000 miles through the outback on wild horses.
Miss Hingley, who works in a veterinary surgery in Bromsgrove, Worcester-shire, is being accompanied on her trip by her Australian boyfriend, 28-year-old John Ostwald, known as 'Croc'.
Mr Ostwald fell in love with Miss Hingley shortly after she arrived in Australia during a year-long back-packing visit in 2004. Her mother will be welcoming the pair over the finishing line with her husband Alan, and younger daughter Lucy.
Mrs Hingley said: "It is such a nice positive story of love and adventure. I will be so emotional, with pride and joy when we welcome them at the end of the trek.
"John is such a nice guy. He spent Christmas with us in Stourbridge and really enjoyed it."