Casual Harbour Bridge Climb – Happy 74th Birthday Oma!

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is something I have always seen, and been like “yeah that would be cool to do one day” but never really thought I would actually do it. Yet just a few months ago I received a phone call from my Aunty explaining that my Oma wanted to take my extended family up the bridge for her 74th birthday. Unfortunately my family is too big…or maybe the bridge climb groups are too small…none the less, only 14 people were able to climb the bridge at one time. This resulted in the absence of a few family members. Fortunately however, due to height fears and people living all over the country, it worked out perfect. After a week of intense rain, we were all a bit skeptical about the likely hood of actually walking, but when Sunday morning came around (yes 5:50am wakeup), we were blessed with a glorious blue sky, the tiniest bit of wind and a perfect temperature.

 

As we all geared up for the hike, including putting on some very attractive onesies, we were off! I thought I was going to be heaps freaked out by the height, as I usually view the bridge from road level, looking up. It is tall you know (135m in fact). Yet as it turned out, it actually wasn’t that bad. At one point we had to climb up the steepest stairs/ladder I have ever seen…that was scary, especially when a train goes past you. But once we were on top of the bridge, it was just amazing!! The view over Sydney Harbour was beautiful. To be able to experience such a thing, with my extended family was just so lovely. I can’t believe my Oma, who turned 74 on Sunday, and after the year she has had, has the courage and stamina to say “hey lets all go climb the harbour bridge!”.

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She is a pretty wonderful lady, who I will always look up to. It was such an unforgettable experience, and one in which I recommend to anyone. A little expensive yes, but it isn’t often you get to climb such an iconic structure. It was just a really lovely day 😀

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Into the Wilderness

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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