Home and Away star Samara Weaving has announced that she is quitting the show.

The actress, who has played the character of Indigo Walker on the Aussie soap for the past four years, has already filmed her final scenes.

She spoke to TV Week about her departure, saying: "Storyline-wise, it was perfect timing. Plus, with Home and Away so well-known overseas, I felt it was time to pursue other directions and really start a more versatile career."

Speaking about her final days on set, she added: "It was really sad! It's like when you leave school - you've done such hard work, all your best friends are around and it's really depressing, because if you want to see each other again, you have to plan rather than just being thrown into a situation where it's a given.

"It's exciting as well because I get to travel and do things that I've been thinking of for a while."

Weaving added that she wants to spend the next year doing "lots of travel, auditions and [living] the actor's life".

She said: "I love the work coming out of London right now, so I'd definitely like to set up camp there for a while, just for something different. I've got lots of friends and family in the UK. I think I'll be back and forth, depending on job opportunities."