Leaving her loved ones back home in Carnarvon in Western Australia to go on The Bachelor Australia was tough for Brooke Blurton.
"I really missed my family, especially my little brother," the 23-year-old says. "We're super-close. I was so homesick, I could have walked."
It was only the fact that she had a spark with Bachelor Nick Cummins from the outset that kept youth worker Brooke in the game.
"It got to me how much I missed home," she says.
"But the connection with Nick kept me there. I put myself out there and it seemed like my feelings were reciprocated, so I stayed. It was so hard, though."
Brooke certainly made an impression on the Bachelor, walking in to the mansion with an AFL and a Rugby League ball. Despite telling him she was a "massive lover" of league and union, Brooke claimed to have no idea who 'the Honey Badger' was.
"She's got no idea who I am, or what I do, and it's very refreshing!" Nick told the cameras.
The Bachelor took a quick league lesson from Brooke, with the pair swiftly bonding over their love for sport.
Their cute first-meeting was a success for Brooke, with the youth worker scoring the first-ever key to the Bach pad during the first cocktail party.
Dubbed the 'new white rose,' the key will give Brooke an 'advantage' over the other women in the house. The key will allow her to gain some coveted one-on-one time with Nick, at a time of her choosing.
Brooke has been an early favourite with fans, along with fellow contestants Shannon Baff, Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman.
Shannon scored the first one-on-one date with the Bachelor, but at this point it's anyone's game!