I recently went on a camping trip with my brother and sister in the Namadgi National Park, Australia. It was an amazing trip, filled with billy tea, too much walking and lots of dirt!
When I was a kid, my family and I used to all go camping. We would spend a week in a caravan park, usually a 2minute walk from a beach, all sleeping within the one tent. They were amazing trips, each one with it’s own special memories. The first trip to South West Rocks we experienced flooding. Then in Batemans Bay we experienced 40 degree temperatures without any shade. Bermagui was the camping trip with our boat where we developed a fantastic routine – wake up, go water skiing then return to the campsite to make the most amazing burgers followed by an afternoon visit to the beach.
But my most recent trip was different.
It was just us kids, and not in a camping ground. We still however slept in the same tent, with the same cutlery and same billy. I think the major difference this time though was that we were basically in the middle of no where. We didn’t have running water, or showers, and there were these cute, but bold possums everywhere.
On our second day we went on this gigantic bush walk up a mountain called Mt Tennent. It was great but definitely the hardest bush walk I have ever down. It wasn’t along one of those nice tracks, with just a few rocks to casually step up. In fact it was the complete opposite – but I guess that made the view all the more spectacular. I ended up climbing most of the way by myself, which was pretty cool in itself. I got to see kangaroos that no one else noticed and I got to think. Being outside, which nothing but trees, dirt and some random animals gives you plenty of time to ponder really anything!! When we finally reached the top of Mt Tennent we were presented with a most glorious view.
I didn’t think this trip could get any better until we returned to the camp site to find a stunning sunset. This trip made me realise just how beautiful Australia is and that I really should get out and enjoy my back yard more.
This camping trip was like no other, but I suppose that is because I am a different person from my 10 year old self. I hope that I can enjoy many more trips into the Australian Wilderness, and once again not shower in 3 days! It definitely makes that experience much more memorable!