8:24am, 21 March, 2023. I didn’t know the equinoxes had a time. But learning something new every day is a wonderful thing. Energetically, the Autumn Equinox is a time of balance and pause, a transitional moment between the bright half of the year and the dark half of the year. After spending months in Bali,…Read More
Going Bush: Bouddi National Park, Maitland Bay Track
Maitland Bay Track is a rewarding, short walk through lush gullies to a stunning beach, perfect for a quick dip or a whole day out.Read More
Going Bush: Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls
The Greater Sydney area is so rich in convenient bush walks. Most aren’t far by car or bike, but the Karloo Pools Walk wins the prize for easy accessibility – it’s literally next to a train station. The Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls track is a 10km bush walk that begins next to Heathcote Train…Read More
Coogee Christmas Chaos – Where to from here?
Three days have passed since the now infamous ‘Coogee Beachside Rave’ revved up and wound down, leaving in its wake a thick slimy layer of beer bottles, plastic bags, plastic cups, broken glass, urine, vomit and ‘nangs’ (nitrous oxide whipped cream canisters). The sand was left whiffy with alcohol, soft drink, mushy food, disintegrating beer cartons and I estimate, at least 50,000 empty glass beer bottles, a good 10% broken.
I’m in an interesting position in amongst this mess, pun intended. I’ve talked to lots of people the past few days…pretty much a representative of every character in this drama.
I’ve spoken to the DJ, the partygoers, the backpackers. I’ve sat with the locals, environmental groups and news reporters. I’ve witnessed the council cleanup crew in the dead of night. I spoke to their on-site manager in person, standing there in amongst the garbage at 1 o’clock am on Boxing Day. I’ve watched (and know) the Surf Life Saving Club governor on the news, and have followed the Randwick City Council’s actions closely.
Here’s what I have learnt since, from actually chatting to, and observing, all involved…and my suggestions for a more sophisticated solution than a summer-long no-alcohol ban in Coogee.Read More
Wanderlust? WanderMUST! On Why Travel is Important
This post is dedicated to all the once-a-year holidayers, the parents, the mortgage payers with a trip planned 10 years from now and the office workers fused into sitting positions from being stuck for years at desks.
There are five main reasons that travel is critical to your mental, spiritual, social, emotional and physical health. Let me show you some perspectives that will help you prioritise travel in your life.
You owe it to yourself to wander far and wander often…
Going Bush: The Cape Banks Walk and Henry Head
“Where the hell should I go this weekend?!” You’re probably thinking this around about every Wednesday or Thursday, right? Ain’t nobody got time to organise some great getaway when you’re stressed-out, suffocated by work shirts, stupid meetings and frustrating colleagues….or do you?
Well, if you’re a Sydneysider and this situation is ringing a bell, I’ve got a great little solution to satisfy your aching wander-lusting heart: The Cape Banks Trail.Read More
“Will you do me a favour?” We all have that one friend…
So you’re stressed hey? Sorry about that. Listen, I need you to do something for me anyway. Sorry to bug, but it’s important. Don’t act so surprised! Some people have more important stuff to do than you, you know. That’s harsh, but hey, it’s the truth. Suck it up. Yes I know you’re breaking down,…Read More
Respecting the living while honouring the dead: You can do better than plastic
Flowers and water symbolise eternity, life, love and beauty. They are perfect, natural wonders to venerate the dead and honour our ancestors past. But now we face a modern issue when we make offerings to the sea, an issue that flies in the face of the respect we intend to give…Read More
Going Bush: The Little Marley Fire Trail
My husband likes to ‘call’ the end of winter every year. “That’s it! Winter is dead!” he says in a booming, authoritative voice, and he’s inevitably right every year. He called it this weekend so to celebrate, we shook off our hibernation with a soul-warming bushwalk through our local national park, the Royal National Park,…Read More
The Ancient Beasts Midnight Show
I love the almost-naughty thrill of seeing something the hordes of tourists don’t see. It’s the reason I’m a ‘take the scary-as-hell craggy cliff face’ instead of the ‘obey the clearly marked stairs’ kinda woman. It’s that discovery high that had me pack a backpack for a solo round the world trip. And it’s that…Read More