It’s a cold winter here in my part of the world which, for many people, means staying home and indoors. But I have to admit it’s never stopped us from camping. Maybe that’s because we now have a camper where we’re protected from the elements, with a comfy mattress inside, a heater and plentiful food and wine. Call me a wimp but I still like my creature comforts.
It wasn’t always like that though. Even in a tent, looking out from the indoors is beautiful.
Here I am on the banks of Copi Hollow preparing dinner, where the water views and starry skies surpassed those of the best restaurants we’ve eaten in.
Not far away, inside the historic Kinchega woolshed at Menindi, is a fascinating glimpse into Australia’s pastoral era. Light from outside fills the interior where thousands of sheep were shorn.
Sometimes when we’re trekking and the weather turns nasty there’s nothing better than discovering a bush hut in the mountains. Especially when a fire is already lit. One of those unexpected surprises that makes you grateful for the basic things in life.
That’s the joy of camping. Appreciating the simple things and getting back to basics. Like Razorback Hut in the Victorian High Country, one of many huts set up for campers and hikers who need a respite from the elements.
Not far away is Craig’s Hut, where The Man from Snowy River was filmed – from indoors on the verandah the views of the mountains calm the mind and sooth the soul.
From a hut to a tee pee the indoors often blends perfectly with the outside world.
Like this unique place in Mitta Mitta we enjoyed with my in-laws. Individual tee pees and a back to nature ambience made it multi-generational easy camping at its best.
It was relaxing to sit in the indoor outdoor dining/lounge area which looked out onto ornate gardens and hills. Looking outside from the comfort of inside.
I love being outside in nature, it always makes me feel connected to the world. Yet I also relish the warmth and comfort of being indoors.
Inside this hotel in Broken Hill, where the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert was filmed, the gorgeous painted scenery on the walls brought the outside world indoors.
Life is about balance and there’s plenty of beauty to be found everywhere.
Inside and outside, it’s all in our perspective.
May we all wake up to the possibilities that lie within us.
Dream big, travel your days with passion and live simply for today. Whether you’re indoors or out.
Keep enjoying the journey.
In response to Where’s my Packpack – Travel Theme: Indoors