Welcome to the second of my monthly guest posts on bloggers who inspire me to travel widely and live an adventurous life.
For those of you who don’t know her, meet Deb from Deb’s World, a fellow Aussie blogger I had the pleasure to meet last year.
In person I found her as warm and enthusiastic as she appears in her writing. Her big smile, easy going personality, and positive approach to life draws you in like you’ve always known her. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy as she shares her world and five of her favourite places.
I’m honoured to be invited to write a guest post for Miriam’s blog. To me she’s a real travel writing guru, her posts are always full of her personal warmth and she exudes a natural friendliness. Having met her in real life, I can confirm she’s exactly as she sounds when you read her blog.
It took us, the Mathematician and I, a while to get our travel groove on but once we got started there was no holding us back. And now we’re both retired, well there’s literally nothing stopping us.
I have to start at the beginning!
As children we travelled a lot on simple camping trips, towing a trailer with our huge family tent and other equipment. We mainly stuck to NSW locations, the North Coast where dad’s family lived and a memorable trip to Tasmania when I was 16.
I hadn’t travelled outside of Australia until I was on an ill-fated and ultimately tragic school excursion to Noumea in 1978. That experience was awful and enough to put me off travel forever but I didn’t let it faze me, although it did take me another 14 years before I left the country again for an overseas trip. (Side-note: I asked Deb about this experience which she shared with me, however the details are very personal and I’ve decided it’s her story to tell. Suffice to say she’s one courageous individual. Miriam)
I remember my father asking me if I was sure I wanted to get married so young, as I was only 19. (He had been 20 years old when he married mum and then he was away in the Australian Navy on and off, for the next 20 years.) He was concerned that I’d had limited experiences and “didn’t I want to travel and see the world?” I told him, I did want to travel and see the world and I would do so with my husband and (subsequent) family. And we have!
Our first family trip overseas was HUGE. Nothing like easing into it. We took our three young daughters aged, 3, 6 & 8, on a yearlong teacher exchange to England. We swapped jobs, cars, houses and lives with an English family for a year. Just think of the logistics involved in doing that, especially in the days before internet and email! It was a memorable year, with many highs and lows, and nonstop travel experiences.
Since then we have all travelled the world extensively but to my chagrin I had never been to places like the centre of Australia, the South Australian Flinders Ranges, or many other quintessential Australian locales until recently.
I have rectified that in recent years and I offer you my list of my Five Fab Favourite places to visit in Australia. My Adventure and Travel page on my blog lists my favourite posts on most of these areas.
1. Australia’s Red Centre
Uluru and Central Australia was an amazingly beautiful part of the world. It’s called the Red Centre for a good reason – as it’s red and dry and the centre of Australia. Uluru itself was quite surprising to me – it’s surface wasn’t smooth like I thought it would be; it had a spiritual effect on me which I wasn’t expecting and it was beautiful in every light – sunrise, sunset…it didn’t matter as the light played tricks and kept you watching!
We walked around the base of the rock and also hired bikes and rode around after listening to the ancient stories from the local tour guide. We also had an amazing time at Kata Tjuta National Park and walked the Valley of the Wind walk twice as we enjoyed it so much! The scenery was breathtaking.
Wineglass Bay and Maria Island on the East Coast and the towns on the Wild West coast were my favourites. The history of Tasmania is full of interesting stories and we absorbed as much as we could while walking and cycling.
I wrote a post summarising our trip – Top 10 posts for two weeks of travel in Tasmania.
3. Adnyamathanha Country
Adnyamathanha Country in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges was an amazing experience. We joined a group walk at Iga Warta for two weeks and were immersed into the Aboriginal culture as we walked down the ancient Frome River following in the footsteps of the local indigenous people. We were made to feel like family and came away with a whole new respect for their history, culture, rock art and family connections to the land.
One of my favourite posts from this time is Care, Share and Respect
4. Jervis Bay
Located on the South Coast of New South Wales Jervis Bay is a pristine coastal area which boasts the whitest and squeakiest sand in the whole of Australia! Little villages like Huskisson, Vincentia and Hyams Beach are gaining in popularity every year. We have been visiting this area for most of my life and I never tire of the views, bushwalks, sea, beaches, cycling and lifestyle.
We had a great trip recently with my family taking my father boom-netting off the back of a boat while watching for dolphins and whales!
My home town of Tumbarumba may be off the beaten track for many but it is a beautiful community with Australia’s highest peak Mt Kosciuszko in our backyard! It is a small rural town in New South Wales, halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. It’s well worth making the detour off the Hume Highway. (I have to agree. It absolutely is! Miriam)
I hope this whets your appetite for visiting some of the lesser known areas of Australia. It’s a vast and beautiful country and deserves to be explored!
Our family’s motto is To travel is to live and we try hard to live this way.
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Thanks Deb for agreeing to be my second guest blogger, for sharing your story and for highlighting these beautiful parts of Australia. There’s so much to love and to explore here.
If you enjoyed her post, please feel free to leave a comment and head across to her blog. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.
Stay tuned next month as I feature another inspiring blogger from our amazing community.
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