Compared to many places around the world Australia is a young country. Yet, despite being just a toddler, she’s seen some dramatic changes. From the Aboriginal dream-time to the convict era and the colonization and onset of the gold rush my homeland has a fascinating history. So many places, even today, where the past feels so alive. So many places that hold spell binding stories of days gone by.
Somewhere I loved visiting in my childhood is the town of Walhalla, set high above the mountains in a peaceful valley.
Only a handful of people live here now but in its heyday over 5000 people flocked here and it was the heart of one of the most vibrant gold mining districts in the world.
Another beautifully preserved gold mining town with a rich history is Maldon, where we camped a couple of months ago. A place filled with gold mining stories of the past.
In Richmond Tasmania the historic bridge and church sit serenely in what was once an important convict station and military post.
In outback NSW, the ancient dry lake beds of Mungo National Park, were once teeming with water and life but today are a place of awe inspiring magic and mystery.
It’s a place that evokes all the senses, a dramatic and spiritual landscape that transports you out of the ordinary and into another time. Camping here was very special.
Another special place was Arkaroola in the Northern Flinders Ranges – truly one of the greatest open air museums of geological history imaginable.
The jagged ancient mountains and granite peaks of Arkaroola paint a dramatic landscape. If these ridges could talk they’d likely tell a thousand stories.
There’s history everywhere and we’ve camped in many places with tangible evidence of the past like here near Menindi.
It’s good to be aware of our heritage and the stories that make us who we are, both in place and person. But we don’t want to get too hung up on the past.
It’s more important to focus on where we’re going, looking ahead and moving forward with purpose, even when the future seems unclear.
Even better is the ability to stay in the moment, right where we are, creating our own story by living the best life we can today. Living in the moment, with no regrets.
That’s my intention, as hard as it seems sometimes.
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is yet to be written
so let’s make our story the best it can be.
Wishing you all a warm heart and plenty of light and love as we continue the journey.
In response to Where’s my Backpack: Travel theme: History