An interesting and important book for everyone interested in learning more about Indigenous Australian’s connection to country is ‘Song Spirals ~ Sharing women’s wisdom of country through Songlines’. The book is by the Gay’wu Group of Women (dilly bag women’s group) which is made up of five Yolnu women of north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and three university associate professors who have helped to record the women’s stories in their own words. This book lets the reader in on the essence of Aboriginal people, told in their own words.
This campaign was launched by Tourism Australia in January 2020, as part of a national bushfire recovery effort to encourage Australian’s to see their own backyard, whether it was for a weekend away or a longer journey. It was tapping into the idea that a lot of Australians wanted to assist communities impacted by the horrific bushfires experienced over the summer and promoted ideas to visit areas impacted directly or indirectly and spend in the shops, restaurants, hotels, caravan parks – anywhere and everywhere.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a unique and vital medical service in Australia. It provides 24 hour emergency healthcare over the entire country, covering an area of more than seven and a half million square kilometres. Not only do they provide emergency care to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote areas, but they provide clinics, preventative health programs, access to specialists and much more.
A self indulgent blog post today because it is my son’s 27th birthday and we can’t be with him, separated by states and shitty circumstances. So I thought I’d take a look at one of the big camping trips we did with our kids to the Northern Territory, and what a brilliant experience it was. I’m so glad we took the six weeks to travel from South Australia, up through the centre of the country all the way to Darwin and back again, zigzagging our way to gorges and other landmarks. I think we saw the best and gave our kids some pretty amazing experiences, camping out in nature and making do with very little.
Now more than ever you are probably looking for a little distraction from the overload of doom and gloom gripping the world. Yes we need to hear and heed advice that is coming out daily if not hourly from the experts, but for our sanity we also all need to unplug ourselves from this constant feed and just breathe, relax and chill.
In an effort to put a bit of joy and wanderlust back into your day I have selected a few of my favourite posts for you to read. They show what I think are the best of what this wonderful country has to offer and places, people and encounters that will stay with me forever. They are in no particular order of preference but if you’re in need of a laugh, some majestic scenery, amazing wildlife encounters and all the reasons to be optimistic about future travel in Australia then click away.
Some people might find this book is a little heavier going to read, I know I did, but I also think it’s a really important one to read. I want to love reading Tim Winton books but I do find his use of language goes over my head sometimes. I find his elaborate and complicated manner of writing makes me have to think too hard to find reading his books easy, but if you can get past that or don’t have a problem with it, he certainly has a way of describing the Australian landscape, lifestyle and people completely and precisely.